Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act

The WIOA is a federally funded job training program providing education and training opportunities to eligible individuals to assist them with employment, employment retention, and self-sufficiency. 

What WIOA Does

WIOA is all about workforce development. This means helping regional businesses connect with the right employees, and helping the regional workforce develop their job skills and find employment. WIOA does this through a number of programs and services.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

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The GED Plus Program is designed for individuals who need to obtain their General Education Diploma (GED). For more information contact: Eckerd Connects/Paxen, 1558 B E Forsyth St, Americus, GA or (229) 931-8990.

Work Experience Program is available to eligible individuals who have limited or no prior work history. This program matches the individual with a local area employer to be able to gain knowledge and expand their employment skills. Wages are paid to the participant during the Work Experience activity. For more information contact: Eckerd Connects/Paxen, 1558 B E Forsyth St, Americus, GA or (229) 931-8990.

This program is available to individuals interested in educational or occupational skills training with eligible Training Providers. ITA’s training time is limited to 2.5 years. Financial assistance is available to assist with the costs of tuition, books and supplies, required uniforms and training related materials, testing fees, etc. Individuals interested in attending South Georgia Technical College (Americus or Cordele campuses) contact Sandhya Muljibhai, SGTC WIOA Coordinator at (229) 931-2553 or visit WIOA office at SGTC Americus campus, 900 South GA Tech Pkwy, Americus, GA 31709. Other Colleges, Universities or other training sites contact Tenisha Tookes at (706)660-5369 or via email at  ttookes@rivervalleyrc.org.

The On-The-Job Training (OJT) program is available to eligible individuals and local area employers. Employers are referred to WIOA eligible individuals who meet their identified job duties. Employers can interview candidates and will make the final determination on who they wish to hire for employment openings. The OJT participating employer is provided reimbursement for the participant training wages during the training period. For more information contact: Eckerd Connects/Paxen, 1558 B E Forsyth St, Americus, GA or (229) 931-8990

Rapid Response Services are available to local area employers who experience employee layoffs or business/facility closures which impact 50 or more employees. WIOA staff and other community partners will work with the employer to provide employee informational meetings, provide labor market information, assist with Unemployment Insurance information and claims filing, provide needed workshops, etc. For more information contact: Tenisha Tookes at (706) 660-5369 or via email at ttookes@rivervalleyrc.org.

Additional WIOA funded training services can be implemented on an “as needed basis” based on compliance with WIOA Law and funding availability. For more information contact: Janice West at (706) 660-5368 or via email at jwest@rivervalleyrc.org

Workforce Development Board

The Middle Flint Workforce Development Board provides local governance, oversight and policy guidance for WIOA services in the area. The Board consist of members of the eight-county area and represents individuals from the private employment sector, education, community-based, organized labor, economic development, and vocational rehabilitation. RVRC is appointed by the Middle Flint Workforce Development Board to serve as the WIOA administrative entity and grant recipient for WIOA funds.

The Workforce Development System is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary Aids & Services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Our Location

Information on WIOA services is available at the One Stop Center located:
Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL)
Americus Career Center
120 W. Church Street
Americus, GA 31709

Contact Us

Middle Flint Workforce System
RVRC (Americus Office)
228 West Lamar Street
Americus, GA 31709
(706) 660-5369 
Fax (229) 931-2917
jwest@rivervalleyrc.org

Janice West, Workforce Director
jwest@rivervalleyrc.org
(877) 819-6348
(706) 660-5369

Tenisha Tookes, WIOA Program Specialist
ttookes@rivervalleyrc.org
(706) 660-5369

Georgia Department of Labor Americus Career Center
120 Church Street
Americus, GA 31709
(229) 931-2520
Fax (229) 931-2433
loyd@dol.state.ga.us