I'm a single mom too, you should give it try...you'll probably qualify.
It's money that they(the gov) pay to your school toward tuition, etc.....if you have other grants, loans, etc then it can just end up making your stipend checks bigger
I know the amount that they pay varies by either county or state, i'm not sure which.....
but I live in Boone County. The full amount they will pay here is $3500/year for 2 years.
In boone county call the One-Stop Employment office on ewing blvd in florence....other counties probably just call their unemployment office or similar.
Tell them you want to apply for WIA, and want to get in to the next orientation available.
I have my second meeting/orientation this week.
so far as i know, this is how it goes:
You go to 1st orientation (mine was a group of about 18 people), it lasts about 2 1/2 hours, filling out paperwork, learning more about wia, etc.
The following week (or sometime soon) you have your 2nd meeting. You fill out a job history-type-thing. You will get assigned a case worker that you will call to set up an appt with....i haven't had that yet, so i don't know what you do at the appt.
If you're not working, I do know that you need to "apply" at 20 different jobs (via internet, newspaper, unemployment office--same office if your in boone county---, however). they give you a paper to keep track of the jobs.....they don't necessarily want
you to get a job, but just want to show (to whoever they need to show it to...their boss???the gov???) that you are applying, but that it's not enough right now and you need a college education to get better jobs