Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Looking for a job? Have you been laid off? Are you seeking new skills? Learn more about this special program to help pay for college.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the Workforce investment Act authorized in 1998, was passed into federal law on July 22, 2014. Federal funds are available to Connecticut to:

  • Help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market.
  • Match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s web page.

Benefits of the Program

Manchester Community College has been designated by the Connecticut Department of Labor as a training site to offer approved WIOA education and training programs to eligible individuals, including:

  • Job seekers
  • Laid -off workers
  • Workers seeking new skills

Approved Programs

In collaboration with Capital Workforce Partners, WIOA funds are available to eligible individuals enrolled in the following MCC credit and credit-free programs:

Credit Degree Programs Credit-free Programs
Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor* A+ Certification Preparation
Manufacturing Engineering Technology* Certified Nurse Aid
Occupational Therapy Assistant* Conventional Precision Manufacturing
Respiratory Care Emergency Medical Technician
Therapeutic Recreation* Medical Office Assistant
Credit Certificate Programs Pharmacy Technician Certification
Computer Aid Design Phlebotomy Certification
Culinary Arts* Real Estate Salesperson
Disability Specialist* Personal Training National Certification
Electronic Health Record Specialist Veterinary Assistant
Hotel-Tourism
Medical Insurance
Paralegal*
Professional Baker
Social Service*
Therapeutic Recreation
Web Technology Certificate

* Students are also required to apply for financial aid for these programs.

Visit catalogs for more information about MCC’s credit and credit-free programs.

To Enroll

Students must complete a seven-step process (available in print form and listed below) before they can be officially enrolled as a WIOA-funded student at MCC.

Credit-free students, please complete Step #1 and then go directly to Step #5.

STEP #1 – Visit one of the CTWorks Centers to establish WIOA eligibility and apply for funding.

  • Hartford: 3580 Main St., 860-256-3875
  • New Britain: 260 Lafayette St., 860-566-5790
  • Enfield: 686 Enfield St., 860-745-8097
  • Manchester: 893 Main St., 860-643-2222

STEP #2 – Complete the Manchester Community College Admission Application and submit the following:

  • Complete the MCC application and pay the $20 application fee.
  • Provide proof of high school, college or GED graduation.  Acceptable forms are your original high school diploma or an official sealed transcript.
  • Provide proof of immunizations (mumps, measles, rubella and varicella).

Note: A separate application is required for the Respiratory Care associate degree program.

STEP #3 – Apply for financial aid (if you have a bachelor’s degree, you can skip this step).

WIOA funds will only be awarded to students who are NOT eligible to receive federal Pell Grant funds.  Pell Grant eligibility is determined by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Students Aid). Check the list below that indicates which programs are eligible for a Pell Grant. Students with a bachelor’s degree do not need to apply for financial aid.

Processing of the FAFSA takes approximately two weeks for the online form and six weeks for the hard copy mailed form.  The online form can be accessed at: www.fafsa.ed.gov

To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled/matriculated in a degree program and provide proof of high school graduation, GED or college transcripts. To accept a financial aid award at MCC, visit  http://my.commnet.edu

  • Priority deadlines for Fall semester financial aid: May 15
  • Priority deadlines for Spring semester financial aid: October 1
  • Deadline for Summer financial aid: April 1

STEP #4 – Take the assessment test.

Appointments are necessary and seating is limited.  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Test Center at 860-512-3304.  Your Banner ID number, listed on your acceptance letter, is required to schedule this appointment. After receiving your acceptance letter with your Banner ID number, please go to www.manchestercc.edu/testing to schedule your test time.

An exemption may be granted for completion of college English composition or college mathematics courses with a grade of “C” or better (a copy of the college transcript/grade report is required as verification) or achieving a score of 450 or above on the verbal portion of the SAT exam and 500 or better on the math portion of the SAT exam (a copy of scores are required for verification). Exemption request forms are available in the Admissions office, L156.  The approved exemption request form needs to be presented to the test administrator with a photo ID on the testing day.

STEP #5 – For credit-free students only:

Students in these programs only need to fill out the credit-free registration form in the back of the credit-free catalog or on the college website once they have met with the WIOA advisor.

Credit-free students may be required to complete a different assessment test.  Please see program descriptions for any specific prerequisite assessment requirements.

STEP #6 – Make an appointment for advising.

WIOA students must bring the approved ITA voucher and make an advising appointment after having received the award from financial aid, completed the assessment test and prior to registration. An academic advisor will review your test scores and help you select classes.

STEP #7 – Register for classes.

The student needs to go to the Registrar’s office, SSC L157, to enroll in classes.

For More Information

If you have questions regarding the WIOA process, please contact:

Nylsa Ubarri-Young, MCC’s WIOA Site Advisor
Phone: 860-512-3324
E-mail: nubarri-young@manchestercc.edu