Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)

UCLA Extension is an approved education provider

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act

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UCLA Extension is an approved education provider for federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding and has partnered with several Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) in Southern California.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. It is a federally funded training and job program that creates a new approach, providing workforce investment activities through statewide and local systems. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers to compete in the global economy.



Displaced or disadvantaged workers may be eligible for financial assistance for UCLA Extension certificate programs through the U.S. Workforce Investment Act. Please contact your local American Job Center to determine your eligibility and receive the required authorization.

UCLA Extension has partnered with the following Workforce Investment Boards that work with eligible candidates:

  • South Bay
  • Pacific Gateway

Explore Programs

UCLA Extension offers a number of certificate programs that help students build in-demand skills and prepare for careers in fields of high growth. Explore some of the most popular certificates taken by WIOA students at UCLA Extension.

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Upon completion of a UCLA Extension certificate program, WIOA students receive six months of free access to Handshake, the UCLA Career Center online job board.

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Study online, remote (live online), or in-person at one of our UCLA Extension locations: 

  • Westwood
  • DTLA
  • Woodland Hills

Learn more about our locations and instruction methods.  

  1. Identify the certificate program that matches your interest and needs. Please note that some certificates are restricted and require an application for admission into the program. Consult with the program contact requirements.
  2. Print the program curriculum listing courses required to complete the certificate program. Submit the program curriculum to your LWIA counselor. 
  3. Once you have been approved for WIOA funding, schedule an appointment with UCLA Extension’s Financial Aid Office (information at the bottom of the page) to complete your paperwork. 
  4. Schedule an appointment with the UCLA Extension certificate program advisor/representative who will help you to develop a WIOA Enrollment Plan.
  5. Once your WIOA Enrollment Plan is complete and signed by both you and your certificate advisor, submit it to the Financial Aid office for final signature to enroll in the program.
  6. Once enrolled, send a copy of your enrollment verification to your certificate advisor so books and materials can be ordered for you. Books can be picked up at the program department. 
  7. Once enrolled, you will also be invited to an orientation which provides an overview of student resources, career support, rights and responsibilities, accessibility and disability, and more.
  8. During the fifth week of the quarter and again at the end of the quarter, sign and submit a Certification of Attendance form to the Financial Aid office for each course in which you are enrolled. This form must be submitted during the fifth week of the quarter for the first four weeks, and again at the end of the quarter for the final four weeks. 

Please be advised of the following conditions of this program:

  • The UCLA Extension Financial Aid Office is not authorized to approve students for WIOA funding, nor may counsel you on your eligibility or on available WIOA funding. Please contact an American Job Center counselor to secure funding. Be sure to tell them that UCLA Extension is on the Eligible Training Providers List (ETPL). We also encourage them to review Information for Referring Counselors to confirm referral eligibility.
  • WIOA funding requires all related enrollment and attendance forms (specified in the enrollment instructions) be signed and submitted or student’s risk being dropped from their UCLA Extension course/program. 
  • UCLA Extension requires that WIOA funding recipients maintain a minimum progress standard of a letter grade C in every course. Courses may not be repeated using WIOA funding, so you will be required to pay out-of-pocket if a required course must be repeated.
  • If you need to extend the date of your WIOA contract due to an emergency, approval from your American Job Center counselor must be sent in writing to the Financial Aid office.
  • You will be required to submit Certification of Attendance to the Financial Aid office and provide a copy to your job center counselor.
  • Your job center counselor will require a report of your academic progress. A verification of enrollment report can be printed through our Student Portal.
  • Notify the UCLA Extension Financial Aid Office immediately if you make enrollment or program changes. All UCLA Extension drop and withdrawal policies will apply.
  • WIOA funds cannot be used toward parking permits.

Important Notice
UCLA Extension does not defer fees. Applicants who are not fully funded by their work source center will be required to pay the difference in full at the time of enrollment.
For example, if a UCLA Extension certificate program fee is $5,000 and the Work Source Center funding/approved amount is only $4,000, you will be required to pay the difference in fees. In addition, students enrolling under the WIOA program are not eligible for any discounts.

Referring Counselor

If you are a referring counselor, learn more about the terms, payments, incomplete programs, and reports that will guide you to assist the students.  

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