The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Program provides financial assistance and supportive services for Georgians who are unemployed as a result of plant closures, mass layoffs, and other effects. WIOA assists with tuition, books, and supplies needed for academic programs of study.

WIOA Eligibility

The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Program provides assistance to qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and/or are unemployed. Eligibility requirements may vary depending on funding source and economic conditions. Applicants are typically required to meet the following qualifications to be considered for WIOA assistance:

  • Must be unemployed
  • Must be a student in good standing
  • Must be regularly accepted into an approved program of study. Find a list of approved programs here .
  • Must apply for financial aid, including HOPE and Pell Grant
  • Must live or have worked in the WIOA service area which includes: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and/or Walton Counties

Available Services

For those that qualify for WIOA, the following assistance may be available for participants:

Individualized support
  • Individualized Academic Case Management
  • Comprehensive Academic and Career planning and support
  • Specialized Career Services
  • Short Term Vocational Services
  • Referrals as needed to on and off-campus resources
Financial support
  • Assistance with tuition and fees
  • Assistance with required books, testing fees and tools or equipment
  • Assistance with uniforms and physical exams for medical programs
  • Assistance with transportation and childcare, if eligible by income

How to Apply

If you are interested in receiving services provided by WIA, complete the following steps:

Check the WIOA provider list to verify that your school and program of choice is available.

Learn More About Eligibility

Print and complete the WIOA Checklist.

Apply for admission to the school you plan to attend.

You may apply to Athens Technical College in-person or online by clicking ATC Online Application.

If applicable, complete financial aid applications.

Learn more about financial aid options like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for HOPE and Pell grants on the Tuition & Aid page. You may visit the ATC Financial Aid office for assistance.

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Contact the Regional Commission

Once you have completed these steps, contact the Regional Commission at 706-369-5703 or 800-533-5872 for further assistance.

Tips for Success

Navigating college life can be challenging, it is important that you keep in touch with your WIOA Counselor throughout the semester to assist with your success.

ATC also offers various on-campus resources to assist all students, including:

Meet Our Staff

Lindsey Brooker

Counseling Services, Behavioral Intervention Team Chair

Athens Campus

706-552-0980

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