Youth Programs


Through a contract with ACTION, Inc., WIOA provides access to In-School services to all 12 counties.  All youth receiving In-School Youth Services must be determined income-eligible and have at least one of six barriers to employment as defined by WIOA.  Services may include tutoring, mentoring, credit recovery, tracking of attendance and grades, leadership development, work experience opportunities, and others.  The purpose of the In-School Program is to assist youth ages 14-21 currently enrolled in High School to graduate.


For youth ages 16-24 who did not complete their High School education and receive a High School diploma, WIOA may assist them in obtaining a High School Diploma or GED through contracts with several Out-of-School Service providers.  Services may include mentoring, tracking of attendance and grades, work experience opportunities, supportive services for transportation and childcare, payment of tuition and fees, job placement assistance, and others.


  Foothills Charter Education High School - WIOA Career Coaches provide services to students that have dropped out of High School and are pursuing their High School diploma through a self-paced evening program. 


  Lanier Technical College (Accelerated Opportunities program) and Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Advantage)  Students can obtain their GEDs in addition to an Occupational Skills Certificate.  Programs include Welding, CNA, and others. 


  Paxen Learning Corp-  GED preparation and Job Readiness training.  Career Pathways track allows students to obtain an Industry recognized credential. 


  Athens Technical College (Bridge to Success)-   Eligible WIOA students can apply for this program with or without a High School Diploma or GED.   Program provides short-term Occupational Skills training in a number of in-demand occupations, such as Welding, Commercial Truck Driving, Manufacturing, and others.  GED preparation is also offered. 


Youth (ages 16-24) that have graduated from High School or have their GED may be eligible to apply for WIOA assistance for an Occupational Skills training program through a Technical College or Proprietary school.  A youth is eligible to apply if he/she is low-income, pregnant or parenting, has been in the foster care system, or has met other eligibility criteria for the program.  The Individual Training account assistance is discussed in the Adult and Dislocated Worker section.


For questions regarding WIOA Youth program services and eligibility, please contact Rima Sullivan at (706) 369-5703 or email 

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“Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities”
TDD: 1-800-255-0056