Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs are offered through a partnership between Pearl River Community College, local WIN Job Centers and Southern Mississippi Planning & Development (SMPDD).  The goal of WIOA is to provide individuals with the professional tools and skills needed to successfully join the workforce and increase employment in Mississippi.  

The WIOA program provides federal aid to eligible students enrolled in a qualifying Career-Technical or Workforce Program at PRCC.  Qualifying students may receive up to $7,200 in an Individual Training Account (ITA) that may be used toward tuition, required books and required fees.  

Short-Term Workforce Programs
(Varies in length/Offered year-round)

Applying for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Funding

How to apply:

Applications for WIA are completed at your nearest WIN Job Center once a semester during the application period. To apply you must have the following:

  • Official acceptance letter for program of study (Must be on PRCC letterhead).
  • Two forms of ID
  • Proof of household income
  • Completed financial aid verification form
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Upcoming semester schedule

Application periods to apply for WIOA:

Summer Semester – April 23 – May 7 
Fall Semester – June 19 – July 14
Spring Semester – November 21 – December 5 
(Dates may vary year to year) 

Note: Summer Classes must be required for the program in order to apply during the summer application period


  • Short-term Programs can apply year round 
  • Students in a 2-year program must have successfully completed 12 semester hours of the program or prerequisites prior to applying. 

Questions about WIOA

For more information on WIOA funds contact PRCC’s WIOA Case Manager, Michelle Coleman: 



Tuition Assistance is available for those who qualify.  Contact your nearest WIN Job Center and ask about WIOA Funding.
Visit to find a WIN Job Center near you.

Resume Preparation

Pearl River Community College offers Resume Preparation Assistance to all students. Please contact Michelle Coleman at to set up an appointment. 

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