Anyone here use WIA to help cover tuition? - page 2

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I'm set to begin LPN school this fall and did receive some financial aid.:up: I have a shortage that may be covered by WIA. Just curious to hear from anyone experienced with this program. It is quite intense for such... Read More


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    Quote from newLPN04
    I went to nursing school on the WIA program, got laid off from a tire company. WIA was a blessing to me..paid for my tuition, books, uniforms, NCLEX. I also drew a check every week til I graduated, but this check came after I ran out of my regular unemployment checks. I'm just thankful there are programs like this or I would still be in meaningless jobs that all I worked for was to pay the bills.
    hello how are you doing? my name is teresa and i'm in need of some information
    maybe you can help me.I applyed for the wia to help me go back to school to get my nurses asstant degree but i'm going throw a some tough financial times right now i been out of work for 5 months i'm a single parent of two and my bills are back up so i'm scared i'm gonna be put out with my kids before i even start school.but my question is if the cap on my course is higher then what it coast will the wia proram give you the differnce to help you get on track or get buy until you start working i'm not getting any asstant other then foodstamps right now and my kids father is decied so ss give them only 275 and thats not enogh to pay the bills rite now can you help me with some aswers
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    Quote from HeatherTN
    I worked for the WIA program for several years..... did you have any specific questions? The WIA program is basically set up to help people return to work either thru sponsored training programs, job search assistance, or on the job training. It stands for Workforce Investment Act. Let me know if you have any specific questions maybe I can help

    Heather
    Hello my name is Teresa, I'M in need of some help with some aswers but my wia appt isn't until 2wks from now.but I'm a single parent of two kids trying to go back to school to get my nurses ass degree,but i have been out of work for over 5mons so my bills are backed up and i'm worryed about getting put out with my kids. now my question is if the cap amount that wia offers for the program i am taking is more then the amount of the course, will they just pay the coast of the course or will they give you the differnce to help you get back on track or to help you get buy until you finsh you course and get a job.?can you please help me with some answers. i'm in the state of florida...thank you and hope to hear from you soon...
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    The WIA grant was the best kept "secret" in our nursing school! We applied through the TN Career Center. There was a cap on how much money we could get, but I'm not sure if it was because of our area (there are a LOT of nurses here). The money can go towards eligable tuition, fees, book, and even uniforms. You do have to take the TABE and I go through an orientation. However, they are not too difficult. After graduation I called my WIA case worker and updated her on my job, pay, etc. It was really that easy. I found out too late and was only able to use the grant money one year, but I really wish I had know because it would have reduced the amount of loans I had to take out.
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    Hi, does anyone know if you have to be accepted to a program before you can apply for WIA? I am trying to get into either a hospital lpn program or one at the tech school. I just wanted to know if I would be waisting my time to try and get the ball rolling on this.
    Thanks!
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    Quote from rhonda1976
    Hi, does anyone know if you have to be accepted to a program before you can apply for WIA? I am trying to get into either a hospital lpn program or one at the tech school. I just wanted to know if I would be waisting my time to try and get the ball rolling on this.
    Thanks!
    You do have to be accepted into a program before you can apply for assistance. I did not have to test, nor has there been any mention of it, but other county programs I have heard of require it. I guess it just depends where you are located.

    I'm so thankful for the program. Luckily, financial aid covers my tuition and books, but I will be getting assistance with childcare. They have also already sent me to pick out scrubs, shoes, stethoscope/bp cuff, I just signed for it, and they covered the cost. In addition, they've helped cover physical expense and background check. It is awesome. They do track your progress for 6 months after you graduate, it helps determine future funding. No big deal.
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    I am a WIA case manager in WI and can answer questions as well. It should be noted that you don't just "sign-up" for this program. Many areas have waiting lists based on priority of service requirements..meaning the more "needy" they see you the higher you are on the waiting list (requirements can vary from area to area depending on a local board's policies).
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    One thing I'd like to clarify is that WIA is a training and EMPLOYMENT program. The intent is that you have been looking for work first and are unable to find any with your current qualifications or that the jobs you can find are not "high wage" (varies by the area). You should be working with a case manager prior to training as we need to prove you completed initial steps before you enroll in training.
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    Does anyone know if you can qualify for WIA if you have a degree in another area? I haven't worked in 4 years because I got married and started having kids, and am unable to find a job in my field. Anyway I want to switch to nursing for the flexibility of the career and because I truly want to enter healthcare, but will WIA allow that. Thanks please provide any info
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    Quote from acubed
    Does anyone know if you can qualify for WIA if you have a degree in another area? I haven't worked in 4 years because I got married and started having kids, and am unable to find a job in my field. Anyway I want to switch to nursing for the flexibility of the career and because I truly want to enter healthcare, but will WIA allow that. Thanks please provide any info
    As I mentioned I am a WIA Case Manager in WI. Your best bet is to contact the program in your area. Things vary even within a state (there are regional areas that set the guidelines) so to get the most accurate answer I'd make a call.

    Most of the time WIA will not assist with a second degree in our area. However if you can prove you been actively looking for work and there really is nothing in your field (or it is very low wage) you may be able to get assistance from WIA. It may be at your case manager's discretion however so it's to your best advantage to supply them with anything they request to prove that you need the nursing degree to reach "self-sustainability". For example if you are currently on any kind of public assistance (no matter how small) and being a nurse would allow you to go off that public assistance that might help. If your spouse has been laid off (or had hours reduced) and that is why you are looking at going to back to work that might help your case as well.

    Like I said make a call and see what your area allows!
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    How do u apply for WIA in TN?


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