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Workforce Investment Act Adult Program

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program provides workforce investment activities that increase the employment, retention, and earnings of participants, and increase occupational skill attainment by participants, which will improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the economy.


The 25 local Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) operate adult programs on a year-round basis. The funds allocated to the MWAs for adult programs must be used to provide core, intensive, and training services to adults. Core services include, but are not limited to, outreach, intake, orientation to other services, initial assessment, job search, and placement assistance. Intensive services include comprehensive and specialized assessment, group counseling, and short-term pre-vocational services. Training services include on-the- job training, skill-upgrading, and occupational skills training.


An individual must be 18 years of age or older to receive core services in the adult program. Intensive services under the adult program are available to adults who are unemployed or employed, have received at least one core service, and are unable to obtain employment or retain employment that leads to self-sufficiency. Training services may be made available to employed and unemployed adults who have met the eligibility criteria under intensive services, have received at least one intensive service, and have been determined to be unable to obtain or retain employment through such services.


The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) distributes federal funds to the 25 local MWAs for use in the operation of their WIA Adult Programs. The local MWAs must submit annual plans to the WDA for approval. Funds are allocated on an annual basis starting in July of each year.


Additional Information
For general information, contact Michigan Works! at 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) or the local MWA. For technical program questions, contact:


State of Michigan, Workforce Development Agency
201 N. Washington Square, 5th Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Telephone: (517) 335-5858
FAX: (517) 335-5945

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