Q: How do I qualify for WIN funding?
A: Adult and Dislocated Worker applicants may qualify for funding within one of three areas:
- Unemployed or low-income eligibility. For adults, the Lower Level Standard Income Level (LLSIL) income chart is used to determine eligibility based on the number of family members living in a household and the total income received in that household.
- Self-sufficiency eligibility. An adult within a household that earns wages less than the livable wage in Local Workforce Area 13 (less than $15 per hour) may qualify.
- Dislocated Worker eligibility. Workers who are dislocated (laid off) due to no fault of their own may qualify.
Q: Can I apply for WIN funded services if I have a disability?
A: Yes. WIN encourages the participation of individuals with a disability. For more information click here.
Q: If I am not eligible for WIN funding, is there a charge or fee to use a computer?
A: No. There is no charge for the use of computers or other services that do not require the assistance of WIN staff.
Q: Where can I use a computer?
A: You may access a computer in the Resource Room at WIN main office at 480 Beale Street.
Q: Where can I find a current listing of jobs in this community?
A: Current job openings are posted daily in the Resource Room at WIN main office at 480 Beale Street. You can click here to register as a “Job Seeker” in the Tennessee Department of Labor’s site and thereby access jobs posted with the Tennessee Department of Labor.
Q: What kind of jobs are available?
A: The types of jobs that are available change daily. You may check our job listings in the Resource Room at WIN main office at 480 Beale Street.
Q: I am an ex-offender. Can I apply for WIN assistance?
A: Yes. WIN encourages the participation of ex-offenders. Please keep in mind that some jobs may not be suitable, depending on the nature of the charge. We will help you find employers who will hire ex-offenders.
Q: What is “Priority of Service”?
A: Once 70% of WIN’s funding allocation is expended in any given funding year, WIN must restrict any further funding to “Priority of Service”. Priority of Service, as defined in the Workforce Inovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), mandates that WIN limit its services to low income, Temporary Assistance To Needy Families (TANF) recipients, food stamp recipients, and supplemental security insurance recipients.
Q: What is a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)?
A: A National Career Readiness Certificate is a national credential that verifies a job seeker has essential core employability skills. Click here for more information on NCRC's.
Q: What is the Selective Service?
A: The Selective Service assists the Department of Defense in the event of a national emergency. Men born after January 1, 1960 are required to register with the Selective Service. You may register on-line at www.sss.gov.
Q: Can I receive funds to attend school?
A: Each individual will be assessed to determine if they are eligible and suitable for WIOA services and training. In order to be assessed you must first attend an orientation session. Click here to see WIN’s Orientation session schedule. Before you can be assessed you must present a government issued photo i.d. and a copy of your Social Security card. You may click here to request a copy of your Social Security card.
Q: Can I receive Unemployment Insurance (U.I.) while participating in WIOA-funded training classes?
A: Yes. You may receive U.I. benefits while attending WIOA-funded training.
Q: If I receive funding from WIOA, do I have to pay back the funds after training?
A: The WIOA funds are deemed a grant. You will not be required to pay back the funds.
Q: Can I attend any school I choose?
A: After an assessment, and if you are deemed eligible and suitable, you may select a school or session on the Eligible Training Provider list. Lists of area eligible training providers can be found by clicking on the below links:
Q: How do youth qualify for WIN funding?
A: The Lower Level Standard Income Level (LLSIL) income chart is used to determine eligibility based on the number of family members living in a household and the total income received in that household. In addition, a youth must be between the ages of 14-21 and possess one or more of the following barriers:
- Basic skills deficient
- A school dropout
- Homeless, a run away, or a foster child
- Pregnant teen or mother
- Teen mother
- An offender
- An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or secure and maintain employment.