Workforce Investment Act and California's Workforce Development System

Displaced or disadvantaged workers may be eligible for financial assistance through the Workforce Investment Act and California's Workforce Development system when enrolling in approved Extension Certificate Programs. For students who qualify, the funds may be applied toward the cost of Extension course fees, books, and materials for these certificate programs. For a complete listing of approved Extension Certificate Programs click here and type UCLA Extension as Vendor Name .

California Employment Development Department's workforce development partners form a statewide collaborative network to address the skill development needs of the California workforce. The partners include the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA), community-based organizations, educators, state and local government agencies, and training providers. If you are interested in attending UCLA Extension using this funding, you must contact the LWIA in your area to determine your eligibility and receive authorization to attend. To locate a California One Stop Career Center enter your zip code.

Applicants intending to enroll in a certificate program eligible under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) must be approved through their Work Source Center at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter. Students are encouraged to initiate the application process through their Work Source Center at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter. Students who do not have a full, complete, and signed WIOA contract 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter will be required to postpone their enrollment until the next quarter. To view UCLA Extension’s academic calendar, please click here: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/str/calendar.jsp

UCLA Extension cannot approve students for this funding, nor can we counsel you on your eligibility for these funds or what funding is available from your LWIA for our certificate programs. You must contact your LWIA. When you speak to a LWIA counselor make sure to tell them that UCLA Extension is listed on the Eligible Training Providers List (ETPL). Also ask them to review the Information for Referring Counselors on Extension's Financial Aid web page in order to determine if they have funding available for use at UCLA Extension.

When you have been authorized through the LWIA system to receive training funds, the following steps outline how to enroll in an approved UCLA Extension Certificate Program for the first quarter you attend.

  1. Determine your academic area of interest and the approved certificate program that matches your interest and needs. This can be accomplished by reviewing information about the certificate program on our website at uclaextension.edu or contacting the UCLA Extension program advisor/representative for the certificate of interest. Please note that some certificates are restricted and require an application for admission into the program. Please consult with the program departments for requirements.
  2. Download and print the program curriculum which lists courses required to complete the Certificate Program. This can be accessed through Fields of Study and selecting the area of interest. Submit the program curriculum to your LWIA counselor.
  3. Once you have been approved for WIA funding by your LWIA counselor, schedule an appointment with UCLA Extension’s Financial Aid office at finaid@uclaextension.edu or 310-825-4246 to complete paperwork.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the UCLA Extension certificate program advisor/representative who will help you to develop an enrollment agreement/study plan. This enrollment agreement/study plan will provide information about all of the required courses you must take and the number of months needed to complete the certificate. Both the advisor and you will sign this agreement.
  5. Submit the signed enrollment agreement/study plan to the Financial Aid office for final signature in order to enroll in the program. Once enrolled take a copy of the enrollment verification to the program advisor/representative so books and materials can be ordered. Books can be picked up at the program department.
  6. Sign and submit a certification of attendance to the UCLA Extension Financial Aid office for each course you are enrolled in during the fifth week of the quarter and at the end of the quarter for the final four weeks. Students who do not submit the signed forms may be dropped from the course and/or program so it is very important that you submit these documents on time. This is a requirement of the Federal WIA funding.

In subsequent quarters:

  1. Sign up for our email. You will receive notification when new quarter courses are available (about 7 weeks prior to quarter start date). This is the best way to ensure course availability and that your books arrive before the quarter begins.
  2. Enroll as soon as course information is available for that quarter. This is typically 7 weeks before the quarter begins. Repeat steps 4 through 6 above.

Additional Information:

  1. Dropping course/program: Students who do not wish to continue their certificate program should contact the Financial Aid office immediately. Dropping/withdrawing from individual courses will be done in compliance with UCLA Extension policy.
  2. Complete each class with a grade of “C” or better to apply towards certificate. Courses may not be repeated using WIA funding so if a required course must be repeated student must pay out of pocket.
  3. Extend date of contract: If you need to extend the date of your contract due to an emergency, it must be approved by your worksource center counselor and a written approval sent to the UCLA Extension Financial Aid office.
  4. Attendance verifications: Students must complete Extension Self-Certification of Attendance forms, submit a copy to Extension’s Financial Aid office and can provide a copy to their referring agency counselor.
  5. Progress reports: Students are responsible for reporting progress to their referring agency counselor. Students can print out a verification of enrollment report through the Student Login portion of Extension’s website and provide it to the referring agency as proof of enrollment.
  6. WIA funding does not cover parking permits.
  7. Through CareerSpot, graduates have access to important job-search services and can visit the BruinView Job Board 24/7 for hundreds of current job listings in Southern California and beyond. They can also upload their resumé and cover letters, organize and track job searches, and set up search alerts tailored to their needs. This is complimentary to WIB students for the first six months after completing the certificate.

To withdraw from your certificate program:

Students who do not wish to continue their certificate program study should contact the Financial Aid Office immediately.

UCLA Extension is committed to fostering an environment that provides learning excellence, while being supportive to all of our students. We value your opinions, offering all the opportunity to provide feedback on our programs offered under the Workforce Investment Act.

Please submit any suggestions or comments in writing to:

UCLA Extension Financial Aid Review Committee

10995 Le Conte Avenue, Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Email: finaid@uclaextension.edu