Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Build Your Future

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the nation's principal workforce development legislation, providing funds to address the employment and training needs of dislocated workers, and low income adults and youth.

The Workforce Investment Act program (WIOA) has served as a leader in providing employment and training opportunities for over 25 years. WIOA is funded by the Department of Labor. The purpose of Subtitle D, Section 166 (Indian and Native American Programs) is to support the employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian individuals. Eligible veterans and their spouses will receive priority service. Components include Work Experience, Educational Training, Job Skill Training, Job Search, Job Readiness, Job Development, Job Placement and Career Planning.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian

  • Unemployed, underemployed, or low-income

  • Reside in Robeson, Bladen, Hoke, or Scotland County


Work Experience:

This program is a short-term work assignment in the private or public sector. The program is designed to provide individuals the opportunity to gain permanent employment while developing new skills and good work habits. The Work Experience program helps promote the growth and stability of local government agencies and businesses. The staff works closely with area industries and employers to keep informed on job openings and placement opportunities.

Classroom Training:

The Classroom Training program offers participants training in a specific

skill so they will be employable at the end of the training period. This

program activity is any training of the type normally conducted in an

institutional setting. It includes vocational education, short and long term

training designed to provide individuals with the technical skills to obtain

certification and/or information required to perform a specific job or group

of jobs. Participating institutions include:


To apply for the WIOA Program please visit the LRDA office or click here and complete an application, and a WIOA Counselor will contact you to schedule an appointment . For further information please contact the WIOA office at the numbers listed below.

General Hours of Operation 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Robeson Robeson County


636 Prospect Road

Pembroke, NC 28372

(910) 521.9761 or Fax: (910) 668.1259

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Charlotte Office

East Charlotte

5500 Executive Center Drive, Suite 216

Charlotte, NC 28212


Monday -  Friday

8:00am -5:00pm

WIOA Personnel

Roderick G. Locklear 

Project Manager 


Crystal Strong

Administrative Assistant/

Eligibility Specialist


Tosha Lynn Bullard
WIOA Career Counselor


Helen Scott   

WIOA Career Counselor  


Donald Strickland

Charlotte Office

WIOA Career Counselor


Ben Jacobs

Business Service Representative 


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Natascha Wagoner Tilson

ROSS Program Coordinator