Gaston Workforce Development Program




Students are sponsored through WIA at training facilities that have been approved by the local WIA Workforce Development Board.  To view approved training facilities go to the North Carolina State Training Accountability and Reporting System Workforce Investment Act (WIA) website In the ITA Action column click on decisions to see if our local area has approved the training.


Links to some WIA Approved Training Facilities
  • Gaston College
  • Gaston College Civil, Computer, Electronics, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering Programs
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Carolina College of Health Sciences
  • N.C. Employment Security Commission
  • Charlotte Truck Driver Training
  • Isothermal Community College Truck Driver Training
  • TransTech Truck Driver Training
  • N.C. Center for Applied Tech.
  • Apply for the PELL Grant

Voucher Reimbursement For Trainers

Educational funding is available under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to qualified trainers to help pay for classroom training provided to eligible persons who have been laid off from their jobs or meet other WIA eligibility requirements.  WIA 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 WIA 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 WIA 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 WIA 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 companys W-9 tax identification (Request for Taxpayer ID Number and Certification form).  W-9 tax forms are available from the IRS Forms and Publications website or you can obtain a blank W-9 form from Robert Elliotte Or Lou Ann Shuford, WIA Training Coordinators at 330 N. Marietta Street, Gastonia NC  28052   (also by facsimile at 704-862-7939).

Once you have completed the above steps, your request for approval will be voted on by the Gaston County Workforce Development Board at their next scheduled meeting.  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 LouAnn Shuford at (704)869-6892 or Robert Elliotte at (704)689-6891, Classroom Training Coordinators.