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Voucher Reimbursement For Trainers

Educational funding is available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to qualified trainers to help pay for classroom training provided to eligible persons who have been laid off from their jobs or meet other WIOA eligibility requirements. WIOA can issue vouchers to eligible trainers to be redeemed at the pre-approved training facility of their choice.

In order for your facility to receive WIOA funds through this voucher system, the training facility and training offered must be pre-approved by the N.C. Division of Employment and Training and the Local Area Workforce Development Board that administers this funding. Gaston County is one of the Local Areas who administers WIOA classroom training funding.

To obtain approval for Gaston County classroom training funding you must complete the following steps.

1. Submit an application for approval to receive WIOA funds through Gaston County at following the directions under "Registration for New Training Providers. This may also be a good time to apply for approval with other Local Areas that you feel you may have dealings with in the future.
2. You will need to provide information about the type of training your facility provides, cost of training, length of training, and a copy of your company‚Äôs W-9 tax identification (Request for Taxpayer ID Number and Certification form). W-9 tax forms are available from the IRS Forms and Publications site.
Once you have completed the above steps, your request for approval will be review by a subcommittee of the Gaston County Workforce Development Board bi-annually and decisions are based on the Regional Occupational Demand List. If your facility is approved for training, the local area will enter this on the ncstars web site. If you have questions or need additional information please contact Sally Heglar at 704-862-7891.

Eligibility for Training Assistance

Determining eligibility for employment training assistance is based on many factors, some of which include:

  • Amount of education and training you currently possess
  • Difficulty finding employment in your chosen field
  • Participating in Employment Seeking Interview/Resume workshops at the NCWorks Career Center - Gaston and still having difficulty finding employment
  • Your career goals fit the goals of the WIOA program
  • The training you are interested in receiving is approved by the Gaston Local Area under the website
  •  If interested in a one year diploma program or a two year Associate Degree program, you are able to attend school fulltime and finish your program within two years.
  • WIOA has a financial cap on sponsorship per semester
  • Most of the training programs require that you have a High School Diploma or GED
Visit one of the Gaston Career Centers  for WIOA program inquiries. 
NCWorks Career Center-Gaston at 1391 Bessemer City Road,
Gastonia, NC704-853-5328 or
Gaston Career Center-East at 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Harney Hall - Room 212,
 Belmont, NC (704) 266-5005 or
DHHS Resource Career Center at 330 N Marietta St., Gastonia, NC  (704) 862-7964 



Training Providers

Students are sponsored through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at training facilities that have been approved by the Gaston Workforce Development Board.  To view approved training facilities go to the NCWorks site at 
Click on decisions to see if our local area has approved the training. 

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