Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) Program
AICI is a U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Native American Programs Division Section 166 grantee working cooperatively throughout the state of Indiana within the DWD/Work One system
The designated service area of AICI's WIA program includes all of the counties in Indiana, except for the following six counties: Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties. (These six counties are located within the designated service area of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its WIA program, based in Dowagiac, Michigan. For information about such services provided by the Pokogan Band, please call (574) 255-2953 or (800) 737-9223.)
Criteria to be eligible to participate in AICI's WIA program include:
- American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian,
- 18 years of age or older and out of high school,
- Male applicants 18 or older must register for the Selective Service,
- U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen,
- Unemployed, or
- Underemployed, or
- A low-income individual, or
- An individual who is a recipient of a bona-fide layoff notice which has taken effect in the last six months or will take effect in the following six month period, and who is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation, and who is in need of retraining for either employment with another employer or job retention with the current employer, or
- An individual who is employed, but is determined by AICI to be in need of employment and training services to maintain self-sufficiency.
Appointments preferred; walk-ins will be serviced as staff availability allows, or will be given an opportunity to make an appointment for a future date.
Services Provided Include:
Core Services- Outreach, intake, eligibility certification, job search and placement assistance, and referral to OneStop/WorkOne service providers as warranted.
Intensive Services- Participants may receive all of the Core Services noted above and may also receive the following additional services:
- GED preparation classes and financial support for testing costs
- Financial assistance for training and occupational skills training, including certification programs, associate degrees and bachelor degrees
- Support services to overcome barriers to becoming self-sufficient
These services also include comprehensive assessment, career counseling and planning, training and education counseling and planning, individual service planning, work experience/on-the-job training, and supportive services.
*Services provided include those who are handicapped or with special needs. All services are free to employers and participants.
Circle of Wellness Program
Through its Circle of Wellness Program, AICI provides health education, screenings, and referral services to American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians in Indiana; also, AICI offers health-related cultural competency workshops to non-Indian health care providers in Indiana who service American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian clients. Visit our Health Services page for additional information.
Beyond its WIA and Circle of Wellness programs, AICI also facilitates broader educational activities that increase the public's awareness of Indiana's American Indian culture and communities, especially in a manner that stimulates critical thinking about accurate and reliable portrayals of American Indians. The purpose of these activities is to dispel negative or uninformed stereotypes. Such activities include Indian arts, crafts, and storytelling workshops in various venues across Indiana; venues may include schools, colleges, libraries, and powwows, among other places.
AICI offers assistance to Veterans by way of a representative of the National Native American Veterans Association. If you are a veteran, be sure and visit our veterans page or contact the center to find what benefits may be available to you.