A Trucker’s Guide to the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Trucking is a lucrative career and has helped many Americans prosper financially. Unfortunately, many people who are interested in the industry are unable to get training because they’ve been laid off or don’t have the time to commit, as they’re already working full-time jobs. Luckily, the U.S. government passed the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), which went into effect in 2015 and is designed to help in these situations. If you’re considering a career as a truck driver, here’s what you need to know. 

What Is the WIOA?

The WIOA was passed in 2014 to help people looking for jobs to find training, educational, and employment opportunities. Additionally, it was created to assist employers with finding skilled workers who can manage the work that needs to get done. The Act has helped countless individuals cover tuition to become truck drivers.  

Who Is Eligible?

To qualify for WIOA funding, one must be at least 18 years old and eligible for employment in the U.S. Once you meet those criteria, there are two groups that the Act aims to assist:

  • Dislocated Workers: This category includes workers who have been laid off due to a permanent closure or significant downsizing. Additionally, people who have received notice that their company will shut down within 180 days are eligible. Finally, displaced homemakers, military spouses, and self-employed individuals who can’t work due to economic conditions can receive funding.
  • Young Adults: People who are 14-24 can apply for funding, if, for example, they’re homeless, pregnant, learning English, or physically or mentally impaired. However, to become a truck driver in Ohio, you’ll need to be at least 18.  

What Are Some Common Training Programs Funded by the WIOA?

You can be funded for skills training that’s intended for careers with salaries or hourly rates. Commission-based jobs, such as real estate, don’t fall under the Act. Common industries that do include truck driving, industrial maintenance, and HVAC. Keep in mind that the program you apply to needs to be on the Eligible Provider List for you to receive funding, so make sure to speak to a staff member before selecting a school.

We recently added a new morning class for CDL Class A, which is designed for those who work 2nd and 3rd shifts. The program is 12 weeks long, and individuals who want to become truck drivers can use WIOA funding. To learn more, call (330) 239-2229.

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