Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA 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. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

How do I get started?

Your first step is to contact the McHenry County Workforce Network (MCWN). The MCWN is the local administrator of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which serves eligible workers who need assistance with employment and training options. Eligibility refers to federal grant regulations regarding economic status, barriers to employment, and dislocation information.

For information about how to apply, go to McHenry County Workforce Network. Apply online and follow all directions included with the application process. You must meet the criteria set forth by WIOA.  After you've applied, a Workforce Network eligibility coordinator will contact you.

A Workforce Network career planner will then work with you to select the most appropriate training program. Your Workforce Network career planner will also give you a new customer worksheet.

See approved training programs at MCC at the Illinois workNet

How can MCC help me?

Next, MCC will assist you with applying to MCC (if necessary), and provide information about placement tests, transcript requirements, orientation, financial aid, and creating an education action plan.

Please contact to get started with MCC after you've received your new customer worksheet from MCWN.

After you've registered for classes, schedule an appointment with your MCWN career planner. You will receive a voucher, which authorizes payment for your classes. Finally, bring this voucher to the MCC Registration Office, A258


Search the Illinois workNet website

  1. Select Consumer Info (orange button)
  2. Select WIOA Approved Programs in center of page
  3. Scroll down to Start your Search
  4. Find the second box on the left Local Workforce Innovation Area
  5. Select the drop-down arrow and select LWIA 2
  6. Complete any other boxes you choose
  7. Select Search