Education & Training

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation's businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers.  The most important aspect of the Act is its focus on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education and employment needs of individuals.
What's New?
WIA programs are available at the PACareerLink®-Chester County, the one-stop location for workforce and economic development needs.  Job seekers and employers have access to a wide array of job training, education and employment services via the Chester County CareerLink office located at 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 in Exton, Pennsylvania.  Call (610) 280-1010 to learn more, or set up an account online to start accessing services. 
Training Services/Individual Training Accounts: If a customer is unable to obtain or retain employment after completing the required core and intensive services, requests can be submitted for tuition assistance.  Eligible Training Vendors, along with the types of approved training, are located on the statewide approved vendor's list, and can be accessed on the PACareerLink® website.  If a customer is eligible and their request for tuition assistance is approved, an Individual Training Account (ITA) will be established for that customer.  The maximum amount of each ITA cannot exceed $4,000.  Certain restrictions apply.  ITA's are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can also visit the PACareerLink® website for information about Rapid Response Assistance, serving individuals who are employed by businesses experiencing or affected by large-scale lay-offs, plant closures, or natural disasters. 
The Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) Center is located at 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 in Exton, PA 19341.  The EARN Center offers activities and services related to job training and job retention for public assistance recipients.  Customers are referred to the EARN Center by the Chester County Assistance Office.  Services are overseen by the Chester County Department of Community Development and programs providers are chosen and assessed by the Local Management Committee.
The Local Management Committee is a volunteer board that coordinates the operation of employment and training programs and provides the Chester County Assistance Office with guidance .  Please contact Lila Singleton, Workforce Manager, for more information.
Click here to learn more about the EARN Program.