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Transcript of WIOA


What is the
Pikes Peak Workforce Center?
The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) is a federally-funded, locally run,
employment center

PPWFC is committed to meeting the essential needs of
local businesses
job seekers

Overview of the PPWFC
: to connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services

Career Center
offers FREE;
self-service tools,
information helpful in career planning and job search,
computers with internet access,
printers, fax, phones and copiers.
Other free services include;
workshops on resumes,
job search,
career planning and,
self-employment resources

(see website (
tab) for days and times for each office)


Community Outreach Center
328 10th Street
Calhan, CO 80808
(719) 520-7895

Cripple Creek
Aspen Mine Center
166 E. Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
(719) 689-3584

Fountain at Peak Vista
350 Lyckman Drive
Fountain, CO 80817
(719) 444-8311

Mt. Carmel
ng Veterans and Transitioning Military and eligible spouses.
1540 Auto Mall Loop, Ste 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 867-6784 or (719) 867-6785

Woodland Park Library
218 E. Midland Road
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(719) 687-9281

Powers and Barnes (near Sky Sox Stadium)
5850 Championship View, Ste 120A
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phone: (719) 667-3890
What is the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
The Opportunity Act
is a federal law (2014), which promotes and increases employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills

Improves the productivity and competitiveness of the nation

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 they need to compete in the global economy.
The Opportunity Act's Focus
A holistic approach:
identifying current talents,
transferable skills and,
skills gap to determine the best plan of action towards gainful employment

Focuses on services to obtain or retain employment, leading to economic self-sufficiency or wages comparable to or higher than wages from previous employment

WIA Important Information
WIA is not an entitlement program; therefore, the job seeker requesting training assistance will not necessarily be determined to be in need of training services

The Mission of the Opportunity Act
The Process
Step 1: Core Services-
Available to all job seekers who have an account in Connectingcolorado.com

Step 2: Intensive Services -
Available to participants enrolled in the WIOA program

Step 3: Training/Education Services -
Available to enrolled participants who are unable to obtain employment at current skill level

Core Services
Opportunity Act Services
Core Services (for
all job seekers
Access to computers, copiers, and phones for self-directed job search (career centers)
Job matching and job referrals
Labor Market Information (LMI)
Work search and work readiness workshops
Assessments and career guidance services
Referrals to Opportunity Act services in the
and partner agencies

Offered to those eligible for and enrolled in programs or grants
In-depth assessment
Counseling and case management
Individual employment plans
Supplemental services to ensure
your success

Skills Upgrading
Entrepreneurial Training
Adult Education

Adult Program

Dislocated Worker Program

Adult Program
Basic Skills Deficient
Everyone will be
tested; show a minimum of 14 yrs. of education
Test Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Family Income
Public Assistance
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (
) Program
Supplemental Security Income (
) program; or
State or Local
public assistance

Education/training must lead to marketable skills in demand occupation defined by PPWFC (see ppwfc.org)

Education/training must be approved on Colorado Department of Labor’s Eligible Training Provider List

If you are currently enrolled in school, you must be within 18 months or 3 semesters of completing your education/training program and have a 2.0 GPA or better

Registered Nurses, BSN preferred
Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants
Medical Assistants
Personal Care Attendant
Personal Care Worker
Certified Nurse Aide
Occupational Therapists
Radiological Technologists

Information Technology
Software Engineers
Example Certifications: .Net, C#, Java, Ruby on Rails, SQL certifications
Bachelors in Computer Science
Systems Engineers
Example Certifications: CCNA, ACE PMP
Systems Administrators
Example Certifications: Linux, Unix and Microsoft Exchange Server
Cyber Security

Example Certifications: CAD, QA testing, LEAN and Six-Sigma
Degree programs in
Electrical Engineering

Apprenticeship and
Mechanical Occupations
Local Apprenticeship Programs-lineman, plumbing, sheet metal, electrical

CDL Certification

ASE Certification (Automotive Service Excellence)

Dislocated Worker Program
Have you been separated from your job through
no fault of your own

Are you in need of help with the
cost of occupational training

The PPWFC assists with tuition for many training opportunities that can help you regain competitiveness in your field or transition to
another occupation.
Plant Closure
Substantial Layoff
Layoff/UI/Unlikely to return
Public Announcement of Plant Closure
Displaced Homemaker

Work Now Program
Recently lost your job/no fault of your own
Receiving, applied for, or exhausted
unemployment benefits

Work one-on-one to perfect your resume
Hone your interview skills
Access hard to find employment information
Strategize with a Business Consultant to
optimize your job search
Target employers in your career field

of El Paso or Teller County

Citizen or legal status
to work in U.S.

years old or over (
in some cases)

Males 18+ born
on or after 1/1/1960
must have registered with Selective Service

Participant Obligation
Your responsibility
if enrolled in employment and training programs:
Full Participation
Report to your Workforce Development Specialist
Graduate/earn certification(s)
Achieve full-time employment

What’s in it for you?
Veteran priority
One-on-One, strategic coaching
Career assessment and basic skills testing
Career planning
Training/education for demand occupations
Employment and two year follow-up services
* Pilot Program

Meet our Team
What Would You Attempt to Do if You Knew You Wouldn't Fail?

The shortest distance between two points is?

We all have contributed to where we are today, Agree or Disagree?
It's by the choices and decisions I have made...
"If you don't like the way your life is going, redesign it. Redeem the

years you lost. Restore your vision, revive your passion for living,

and reclaim what was dormant inside of you. No one can give you

the dream but you can obtain the tools to reach the dreams you

have inside. Minor adjustments makes a big difference.“ ~T.D. Jakes

Reposition Yourself
“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.”~ Author Unknown

“The greatest gift given to any generation is that any person can change his/her life
by altering his/her attitude.”~ Author Unknown

“If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you 'think' about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the
seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” ~Jim Rohn

"Life sometimes is a maze or a winding road; there are paths that lead to a dead end and there are roads that take you to where you are supposed to be." - Coop
The Normative - How things are
The Empirical - How things should be
The Prudential - How to close the gap
between the two


"Everyone has the right to do what they were purposed to do."- Coop

"People are quicker to recover from the death of spouse than the loss of employment"

Living Life Fulfilled
What does this have to do with employment?


"Everyone has the right to do what they were purposed to do."- Coop

"People are quicker to recover from the death of spouse than the loss of employment."

Living Life Fulfilled
Adult Program Continued

The Opportunity Act
is a Federally funded program

Funds are determined on a case by case basis and based on individual need

There will be an overview of your individual budget and other resources available to you

Case managers must reassess the Opportunity Act funding at the time you apply
Job Search 301:
From Job Loss to Job Search
Losing a job, whether by choice or having it forced upon you, can be a traumatic loss. Most people experience added stress, grief, and even depression after losing employment. Come and learn why this happens, as well as some strategies for coping with this dramatic life change.

Lauren Hill
Paramount Environmental Services

Household size









each additional member
Gross monthly income (130 percent of poverty)









Net monthly income (100 percent of poverty)










Department of Human Services Income Guidelines
Opportunity Act Adult Program Income 6 month gross Guidelines
Family Size







Each Additional Family Member
Family Income






$20, 471


The WIOA is not to retrain a job seeker who is interested in a new career when he or she could currently possess marketable skills for today’s market

S/he has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income;


Is the dependent spouse of a member of the Armed
Forces on active duty and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment,


Ordered to active duty, a permanent change of station, or the service connected death or disability of the member;


Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
Adult Priority of Service - Definitions
“Low income” includes

1. Recipients of public assistance (defined above);

2. Individuals in a family with total income below 70% of
the lower living standard income level;

3. Homeless;

4. Individuals in secondary school who receive or are
eligible to receive a free or reduced price lunch;

5. Foster youth;

6. Individuals with disabilities with individual income
below 70% of the lower living standard income level;


7. Adult living in a high poverty area (TBD with USDOL)

Adult Priority of Service - Definitions
“Basic skills deficient” means

1. Adult's with English reading, writing, or computing skills at or below the 8th
grade level on a generally accepted standardized test;


2. That an adult is unable to compute or solve problems, or read, write, or speak
English, at a level necessary to function on the job, in the individual's family, or
in society.
In Jacksonvill, Fl. I am now a trainer, and have gotten a 60% raise. WOW...Talk about shocked. I never felt so alive and worthwhile in my life. They begged me to train for them. Said I was one of their best drivers. I never heard stuff like that before....I get teary eyed just telling you about it...I am FOREVER GRATEFUL for you and Mr. Cooper., and the WorkForce Center. Thank you all for believing in me.
To top it off, I decided to explore my options.
Arnold transportation has been blowing my phone up. They are out of Colorado Springs. Amanda my recruiter there has offered me a 2015 truck, I can take home. Offered me purchase option, benefits, and has it approved for both my boys, can take along riders, and went from offering 32 to 40 cents a mile. Guaranteed 900 min. A week. Once she found out I was running all the big cities people are scared of, and pushing close to 3500 miles every week, and was now training.
THEY BLOW MY PHONE UP EVERY SINGLE DAY. And felonies only have to be 3 years old now. So I'm good there. I told them at first..
..look, I have a grip of felonies. I am not a felon though. I am not my past. I am what I do NOW.
I have the 2 biggest Huskies in North America, and told her my story. She has been real cool so far. I have been telling her Only reason I'm leaving Carolina Cargo is I HAVE TO TAKE MY BOYS. And they won't let me. And I want my own truck....So I am shooting for September 17th. And I'll be a Colorado boy again.
New girl...first time in several years I feel good enough for someone again.
Hope things work out...but if not....I got my babies...

Application Process
Write down your email address legibly/ double check

If you don't have an email address let's create one today

Complete the application and send it back to your Case Manager

Supporting documents, i.e. copies of Drivers License, I.D., DD-214, Social Security card, Education, and etc all can be brought into the PPWFC

You should get a returned email that your application has been received and they will note what you are needing to make your application complete

Once you application is complete and you are "suitable" for services expect approximately 10 business days until your next appointment
PPWFC will never ask for your account information or enter a chat room
HIRE Colorado (H4C)
Unemployed for
13 weeks
Must have been Laid off
through no fault of your own
You do not have to have been
receiving UI
Underemployed persons may be eligible if they have received
stop gap employment
Southeast Armed Services YMCA
2190 Jet Wing Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Phone: (719) 633-3597
Hours: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m
According to American Consumer and Bank Rate

6 out 10 Americans live from pay check to pay check
The average credit card debt per household is 15k
1 out of 5 families do not have an emergency savings
2 out of 4 Americans have less than 25k in saving for retirement
3 out of 10 Americans do not have Life Insurance
2 out of 10 have less than 25k in Life Insurance
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