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LRDA Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

 The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act Program (WIOA) has served as a leader in providing employment and training opportunities for over 41 years. WIOA is funded by the Department of Labor. The Section 166 (Indian and Native American Programs) is to support the employment and training activities for Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian individuals. Eligible veterans and their spouses will receive priority service. Components include Work Experience, Educational Training, Job Skill Training, Job Search, Job Readiness, Job Development, Job Placement and Career Planning.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be:

  • American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian
  • Unemployed, underemployed, or low-income
  • Reside in North Carolina Counties of :
         *Bladen                  *Graham                 *McDowell                     *Union
         *Buncombe            *Haywood               *Mecklenburg
         *Cabarrus               *Henderson            *Robeson
    Catawba                *Hoke                      *Rowan
         *Cherokee               *Iredell                    *Rutherland
         *Clay                        *Jackson                  *Scotland
         *Cleveland               *Lincoln                   *Stanly
         *Gaston                    *Macon                    *Swain
  • Reside in Georgia Counties of:

Work Experience:

This program is a short-term work assignment in the private or public sector. The program is designed to provide individuals the opportunity to gain permanent employment while developing new skills and good work habits. The Work Experience program helps promote the growth and stability of local government agencies and businesses. The staff works closely with area industries and employers to keep informed on skills needed, job openings and placement opportunities.

 Classroom Training:

The Classroom Training program offers participants training in a specific skill so they will be employable at the end of the training period. This program activity is any training of the type normally conducted in an institutional setting. It includes short or long term occupational or specialized skill training designed to provide individuals with the technical skills to obtain certification and/or information required to perform a specific job or group of jobs. Participating institutions include:

  • Bladen Community College
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Richmond Community College
  • Robeson Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Other Community Colleges & Training Institute in the Service Area


To apply for the WIOA Program please visit a LRDA office and complete an application. At one of the following addresses:  

General Hours of Operation 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pembroke Office


636 Prospect Road

Pembroke, NC 28372

(910) 521-9761 or Fax: (910) 521-8625

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm


Raeford County


22 West Elwood Ave.-- P.O. Box 485
Raeford, NC 28376

(910) 875-5742 or Fax: (910) 875-6897

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Charlotte Office

East Charlotte

5500 Executive Center Drive, Suite 216

Charlotte, NC 28212

(980) 949-7354 or Fax: (980) 949-7354


Roderick G. Locklear
Project Director

Crystal Strong
Administrative Assistant

Shelby Rogers
Eligibility Specialist

Zona Locklear
Career Counselor

Brenda Jacobs
Career Counselor
Scotland & Hoke County Counselor

Leshia Harris Smith
Career Counselor
Area Office In Charlotte, NC




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