Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)​

Employment and job training programs

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WOIA) program is for Native Americans interested in building economic self-sufficiency through employment and job training programs. The Section 166 programs are designed to support employment and training activities that help build academic, occupational, and literacy skills; make individuals more competitive in the workforce; and promote economic and social development in accordance with the goals and values of such communities. The WIOA program serves 71 counties in Minnesota. (Note we do not serve Hennepin County. Employment and job training support in that area is provided by Takoda American Indian OIC.)


  • Intake assessment for career and employment planning
  • Assistance with GED
  • Assistance with short-term training in areas of high demand
  • On-the-job training
  • Job development/placement
  • Employment incentive awards


  • Enrolled in — or a descendant of — a federally or state recognized tribe
  • Reside within the WIOA service delivery area
  • At least 18 years of age (all males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for the Selective Service by age 26)
  • Unemployed, under-employed (employed under 32 hours per week), low-income, or have a documented need for an employment upgrade
  • Veterans (provide DD214)


WIOA Intake Packet (pdf)

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Brian Joyce

WIOA Program Director
(612) 879-1770

Vicky Reyes

WIOA Career Counselor
(612) 879-1727

Tana Fox

WIOA Career Development Counselor
(612) 879-1727