Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Education and Training

The Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board is focused on ensuring our workforce is highly skilled and prepared to meet the needs of 21st century workplace. The services below provide jobseekers with the opportunity to build the skills needed for the workplace and improve success in finding employment.


The ECWDB administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which is a federally-funded program signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

WIOA training funds are designed to serve dislocated workers, unemployed, low income job seekers, and youth who are in need of training to enter or re-enter the labor market. WIOA is not an entitlement program and participants must meet eligibility requirements and provide required documentation to qualify for training services.

Check out the ECWDB Adult and Dislocated Worker Orientation video here.

Eligibility Requirements

For more information on WIOA training and eligibility, we recommend that you register on NCWorks Online and contact your local NCWorks Career Center to meet with a career advisor.

Please see the Documents section of this page to find required documentation checklists, WIOA frequently asked questions and NCWorks registration instructions.

What if I am not eligible for WIOA training?

Most colleges provide scholarship and financial aid options. Contact your community college for information on available scholarship opportunities and financial aid options such as Federal Student Aid.

To apply for Federal Student Aid including Pell Grants and Student Loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the following website:

Scholarship resources can be found at

Choosing a Career Pathway

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has established an Eligible Training Provider process designed to ensure customer choice, performance accountability and continuous improvement. The ECWDB Career Pathways Training Options Guide provides the list of approved Eligible Training Providers and training programs that are qualified to receive WIOA funds to training adult/dislocated workers and youth.

Need help choosing a career? The following resources are available to assess your interests and skills to help you choose a career:

When deciding on a career, ask yourself these questions:

  • What jobs are available in this field?
  • What wages can I expect to earn?
  • Is there room for growth?
  • Do I need specific training or certificates

Earn Your North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (NC CRC)

The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (NC CRC) allows you to show prospective employers that you possess basic skills common in today’s workplace. The NC CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized skills assessment tool developed by ACT, Inc (National Career Readiness Certificate). Individuals taking the NC CRC will be assessed in three key areas:

Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy

Contact your local community college or career center for information on obtaining the NC CRC

If you are interested in taking a pre-assessment in preparation for the Career Readiness Certificate, the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board provides self-paced, web-based courseware from Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN). The WIN Career Readiness Courseware (CRC) is a career-infused, interactive foundational skills curriculum aligned to national and state college and career readiness standards, assessments and certification programs.

Please contact us for more information. ph: 252-636-6901 email:

Please refer to the Documents section of this page to find the WIN informational brochure and a list of local employers that recognize and endorse the Career Readiness Certificate.

Visit the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate website for more information.