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Job Training Programs

The Job Training Pathway leads students to government job training and workforce development programs that can improve their employment prospects and earnings potential, increase self-sufficiency, and connect them with training opportunities and vocational rehabilitation services.

Students who choose the Job Training Pathway must submit an acceptance letter to a job training program or workforce development program as evidence of their plan to meet the Learn.Plan.Succeed. graduation requirement.

Types of Programs

Generally, job training and work development programs can be described as one of the following types:

  1. Work experience programs offer structured comprehensive supports such as on-the-job experiences, credit, stipend, and mentorship to enhance your career goals.
  2. Educational institutions provide job-specific coursework, either on site or through distance learning to improve worker employability.
  3. Government programs are state and federally funded opportunities designed to improve employability for workers re-entering the workforce and individuals who lack access or where a gap in workforce exists.

How to Pursue This Pathway

If you have an industry in mind, begin your research to learn more about the jobs available in that field and what training will be required (if any).

Consider these questions:

  • Is the career in demand?
    Consider visiting the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to see if the industry that interests you is growing or not, and to review national and regional wage information by industry.
  • What duties does the job entail?
    A job description can provide you with a summary of the employer’s needs and expectations.
  • What sort of experience, degree, certification, or licensing is required?
    Knowing the type of credentials that an employer requires for your desired role can guide your approach and next steps.

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) funds most job training programs. The American Job Center Network lists local opportunities.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Opportunities for Youth

WIOA offers programs to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market. These programs are specifically available to youths ages 14 to 24:

WIOA eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a WIOA job training program, applicants must provide proof of: 

  1. U.S. Citizen/or Legal Alien
  2. Social Security Number
  3. 18 years old or older
  4. Selective Service Registration (males only, born on or after 1/1/1960)

Additional Workforce Development Opportunities

Next Steps

For students who choose the Job Training Program Pathway, here are some next steps to consider:

1. Research industries that are of interest to you.

If you have an industry in mind, begin your research to learn more about the jobs available in that field and the type of training that will be required, if any.

2. Find a job-training program.

Search for an opportunity. Contact the provider or program sponsor for more information.

3. Apply.

Apply directly to the institution or program sponsor.

4. Interview

Be ready for an interview, if one is required. Get help creating a resume and cover letter, and preparing for interviews.

Office of College and Career Success

School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising


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Chicago, IL 60602