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The Trade Readjustment Allowance Program (TRA) is a special program created by the federal government to retrain workers who were either laid off due to increased imports or whose employment was moved to Canada or Mexico.

The Workforce Investment Act Program (WIA) signed into law on August 7, 1988, capping a seven-year effort to consolidate and streamline the nation's employment and training programs. WIA replaced the Job Training Partnership ACT (JTPA), enacted October 13, 1982.

There are three types of WIA students and they are as follows:

Dislocated Worker: Individuals 18 years and older, who have lost their employment due to a permanent layoff, plant closure, dismissal, or displacement as a homemaker.

Youth: Ages 14 through 21 who are a member of a household that receives public assistance, or who meet income eligibility criteria and who have a barrier to employment that need additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or retain employment.

Adults: Individuals, age 18 or older, who are members of a household receiving public assistance or who meet income eligibility criteria.

The Career Assistance Program (CAP) works with individuals receiving TANF to help them become job-ready.

Three Rivers works closely with caseworkers to provide the students with a training program geared to the students' choice of career training. If you have further questions regarding any of these programs, please contact a Financial Aid advisor at 573-840-9175 or e-mail
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