Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program

Employable skills training is available

The Workforce Investment Act - Adult Program provides workforce investment activities that increase the occupational skill attainment, employment, retention and earnings. Participants must meet federal eligibility guidelines.

WIA Adult Program's mission

  • Implement a workforce system that provides adults with workforce preparation and talent development services.
  • Help employers find the skilled workers.
  • Work collaboratively with partners, stakeholders in business, industry, education, and state and local governments to strategically manage resources ensuring program performance, accountability, and customer satisfaction.

Gainful employment is the goal

Workforce investment activities under the Adult Program increase the employment, retention, earnings and occupational skill attainment of participants. This improves the quality of the adult workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of Alaska’s workforce. This program is measured by participant entry into unsubsidized employment, retention in unsubsidized employment after entry into employment, and earnings received in unsubsidized employment.

One Stop Job Centers

Providing services that help participants obtain or retain employment is the basic goal of the program. The Division of Business Partnerships administers the federal funds received under Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act for the state’s WIA Adult Program. DBP allocates formula funds to provide employment services through local Job Centers / One-Stops of the Alaska Job Center Network.

Levels of Service

What level of service can we help you with?

The federal Workforce Investment Act specifies that most services for adults will be provided through One Stop Job Centers. The Act authorizes three levels of service that are available to all jobseekers.


Core services include outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information which helps job seekers gain immediate employment and determine possible areas where additional services may be necessary.


Intensive services include comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans, vocational counseling, and career planning which helps those who need a little more professional attention to gain employment or determine which areas they might need additional training assistance.


Customers who cannot find employment through intensive services may receive training services linked to job opportunities in their communities, including occupational training and training in basic skills. To promote customer choice and involvement in career decisions, participants use an Individual Training Account (ITA) to select an appropriate training program from a qualified training provider on Alaska’s Eligible Training Provider List.


Sometimes the supports customers need are about the social and economic barriers they experience.  For some people assistance with transportation or childcare is needed to help them succeed.  The federal Workforce Investment Act authorizes supportive services to enable an individual to participate in the program and to obtain or maintain their employment.

Participant Eligibility Guidelines

Refer to Policy #310.00 for information regarding eligibility guidelines. Download the printable document by clicking the following link:

DBP WIA Adult Program Eligibility Policy #310.00

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.