All A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Acronyms

  • 1A
    Adult Program
  • 1D
    Dislocated Worker Program
  • 1DC
    Dislocated Worker Co-Enrolled
  • 1E
    Dislocated Worker Emergency Assistance
  • AAE
    Adult Average Earnings
  • ABE

    Adult Basic Education is education for adults whose inability to read, write or speak English or to effectively use mathematics is a barrier to their ability to get or keep employment. ABE is designed to improve their ability to benefit from training and improve their opportunities for employment and to meet adult responsibilities.

  • ACME
    Automation of Compliance Monitoring Events
  • ADA

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services. As it relates to employment, Title I of the ADA protects the rights of both employees and job seekers. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services. Title IV, which is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements.

  • ADC

    Attainment of a Degree or Certificate (for Youth)

  • ADR

    Alternative Dispute Resolution consists of a variety of approaches and techniques for dispute resolution that include coaching, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration.  Each ADR technique provides an opportunity to discuss and consider possible solutions with the assistance of a neutral third party.

  • AEER
    Adult Entered Employment Rate
    Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
  • AERR
    Adult Employment Retention Rate
  • AJC

    The WIOA final regulations promote increased public identification of the one-stop delivery system (Illinois workNet® system in Illinois) through the use of a common identifier across the nation. “American Job Center” is designated as the common identifier for the one-stop delivery system. This was a process started under WIA, and many one-stop centers are already incorporating use of either the ‘‘American Job Center’’ title or the associated tag line ‘‘proud partner of the American Job Center network’’ into their branding.

  • ARRA
    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • ASN
    Alternative Schools Network
  • ATAA
    Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance for Older Workers
  • BPE
    Benefit Period End date
  • BRAC
    Base Realignment and Closure
  • BRO
    Benefits, Rights and Obligations
  • BSD

    The term ‘‘basic skills deficient’’ means, with respect to an individual— (A) who is a youth, that the individual has English, reading, writing, or computing skills at or below the 8th grade level on a generally accepted standardized test; or (B) who is a youth or adult, that the individual is unable to compute or solve problems, or read, write, or speak English, at a level necessary to function on the job, in the individual’s family, or in society.

  • CBE

    An educational approach that focuses on learning (and the application of that learning) in contrast to more traditional instructional time-based models. This approach allows individuals to advance based on their ability to master a skill or competency, typically at their own pace. Definitions for CBE vary based on context (secondary, postsecondary, workforce, etc.) and often include different ways of considering mastery, competency definition, pacing, instruction, and support.


    This definition combines the language of the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education from their respective competency-based programming.

  • CBLN
    Chicagoland Business Leadership Network
  • CBO

    A Community-Based Organization is a private nonprofit organization (which may include a faith-based organization), that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce investment.

  • CCC
    Chicago Chamber of Commerce
  • CCWP
    Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • CEO

    The chief elected official is:

    a) The chief elected executive officer of a unit of general local government in a local area; and b) in a case in which a local area includes more than one unit of general local government, the individuals designated under the agreement described in section 107(c)(1)(B).

  • CFDA
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CIP

    The purpose of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is to provide a taxonomic scheme that will support the accurate tracking, assessment, and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. Visit the CIP website to learn more cip2000/

  • CMA
    Certified Manufacturing Assistant
  • CPLN
    Chicagoland Provider Leadership Network
  • CRC

    The Civil Rights Center (CRC) develops, administers, and enforces Departmental policies, practices, and procedures pursuant to Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act; and related statutes and Executive Orders.

  • CTE

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand employment and provides learners with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to thrive in college and careers. All students benefit from career-connected learning that emphasizes real-world skills within a selected career focus. Students gain practical knowledge while discovering and preparing for success in potential careers.

  • CY

    Those projects that begin on a calendar year basis beginning January 1.

  • CYS
    Children and Youth Services
  • DAE
    Dislocated Worker Average Earnings
  • DCFS
    Department of Children and Family Services
  • DHFS
    Department of Healthcare and Family Service
  • DHS
    Department of Human Services
    Department of Human Services - Division of Rehabilitation Services
    Department of Human Services - Division of Human Capital Development
  • DIA

    Those Zip Codes most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to be determined based on positive COVID-19 case per capita rates, and that meet at least one of the following poverty-related criteria relative to other ZIP Codes within that region:

    • share of population consisting of children age 6 to 17 in households with income less than 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL);
    • share of population consisting of adults over age 64 in households with income less than 200% FPL;
    • share of population in household with income less than 150% FPL; or
    • share of population consisting of children ages 5 and under in households with income less than 185% FPL.

    Locations of qualified census tracts and disproportionately impacted areas may be obtained by entering the client’s address at the following link:

  • DOE
    Department of Education
  • DOL
    (See United States Department of Labor)
  • DOTL

    The Demand Occupation Training List is the available list of demand occupations for which training programs may be certified or recertified for participant placement. Participants may only be placed in training programs in which the outcome following successful completion of the training program would lead to entry into employment in an occupation considered "in demand". See the policy on Training Provider and Training Program Eligibility for the exceptions to participant placement in training that is not required to be determined an eligible training program.

  • DRR
    Dislocated Worker Employment Retention Rate
  • DRS
    Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • DWG (formerly NEG)

    The Dislocated Worker Grant (formerly National Emergency Grant) program assists local governments by providing funds for counties declared federal disaster areas to provide temporary employment to dislocated workers that assist with flood cleanup and recovery efforts and help return communities to pre-disaster conditions.

  • EDR

    An Economic Development Region is a designated region consisting of a combination of local areas (or a single local area) that are partially or completely in a single planning region, labor market area, or other appropriate contiguous sub-area of a State, that is designated by the State under WIOA section 106(a), or a similar interstate region that is designated by two or more States under WIOA section 106(b). The State of Illinois has designated 10 Economic Development Regions (EDR).

  • EEO

    Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The Department of Labor has two agencies which deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement, the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

  • EEOC

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is an independent federal agency that promotes equal opportunity in employment through administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws and through education and technical assistance. Applicants and employees of most private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations may be assisted by the EEOC.

  • EER

    The Entered Employment Rate method is used to determine the percentage of participants who become employed. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of total participants who were enrolled in the program by the number of participants who were placed or entered employment through the program.

  • EO
    Equal Opportunity
  • EOMC

    The Office of Equal Opportunity Monitoring and Compliance is the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) office that oversees the implementation of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity (EO) provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • ESL
    English as a Second Language
  • ETA

    The Employment and Training Administration is the part of the U.S. Department of Labor with direct responsibility for WIOA programs.

  • ETP

    An Eligible Training Provider is an organization, such as a public or private college and university, or community-based organization whose application has been approved by the local workforce board and approved for the state list of training services through the use of an Individual Training Account.

  • ETPL

    The Eligible Training Provider List is a statewide collection of providers that are approved to give services through the One-Stop system. These lists contain consumer information, including cost and performance information for each of the providers, so that participants can make informed choices on where to use their Individual Training Accounts.

  • FBO

    A Faith-Based Organization is one whose founding, governance, or membership is derived from a religious institution or religiously-affiliated entity.

  • FFY
    Federal Fiscal Year
  • FTE
    Full-Time Equivalent
  • FY
    Fiscal Year
  • GAO
    Government Accountability Office
  • GED

    A General Equivalency Diploma is a high school equivalency diploma, which is obtained by passing the General Educational Diploma Equivalency Test that, measures skills and knowledge generally associated with four years of traditional high school instruction.

  • HCTC

    Health Coverage Tax Credit

  • IATP

    The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the non-profit organization designated as the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. IATP’s lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services.

  • IBHE
    Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • IBIS

    Illinois Benefit Information System


    A quality instructional framework in Illinois for the implementation of Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs, as defined by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). ICAPS provides an accelerated pathway to an industry-recognized credential through training partnerships—such as Career and Technical Education or an approved training provider—to serve adult education students, including English language learners, at the same time that they are completing their Illinois high school diploma and/or improving their English language. Instruction and training are supplemented by support courses, comprehensive student support services, and augmented by collaborative teaching practices between workforce training instructors and basic skills instructors.

  • ICCB
    Illinois Community College Board
  • IDES
    Illinois Department of Employment Security

    The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois. IDHHC is governed by eleven (11) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor's office. At least six (6) of the Commissioners must be deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind. The Commissioners meet on a quarterly basis at the IDHHC office in Springfield, Illinois.

  • IEBS
    Illinois Employment Business System

    Education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries that enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. IELCE services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation and may include workforce training.

  • IEN
    Illinois Entrepreneurship Network
  • IEP

    An Individual Employment Plan is a plan developed by the participant and the career planner to identify the participant's employment goals, the appropriate achievement objectives, and the appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals, including providing information on eligible providers of training services and career pathways to attain career objectives.

    Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association
  • IJL
    Illinois Job Link
  • ISS

    An Individual Service Strategy is an agreement of skills and goals decided between a WIOA Youth participant and WIOA Youth staff counselor (usually a career planner), that sets out a plan for the participant to make progress towards his/her educational and employment goals.

    Illinois Support Training and Employment Program
  • ISY

    In-School Youth means an individual who is—

    (i) attending school (as defined by State law);

    (ii) not younger than age 14 or (unless an individual with a disability who is attending school under State law) older than age 21;

    (iii) a low-income individual; and

    (iv) one or more of the following: (I) Basic skills deficient. (II) An English language learner. (III) An offender. (IV) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (V) Pregnant or parenting. (VI) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VII) An individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • ITA

    An Individual Training Account is a financial subsidy to enable customers that qualify for training to access the program of their choice on the statewide list of eligible providers. An ITA is most often in the form of a voucher, which is a document that can be redeemed for training.

  • IW

    An Incumbent Worker is an individual (or group of individuals) with an employment relationship with a participating employer or group of participating employers in a targeted industry (as cited in the local plan); and an individual who is receiving upgraded skills training:

    1. to increase his or her skills in an occupation in which the individual is already an incumbent; or
    2. to prepare the worker for entry into a new occupation within the targeted workforce (i.e., the workforce of the participating employer or group of employers).
  • IWC

    An Illinois workNet Center is a facility (as described in Section 121(e)(2)) where the six core programs (Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs; Title II adult education and literacy programs; Title III Wagner-Peyser program; and Title IV vocational rehabilitation program), as well as other required and optional partners identified in WIOA provide access to information and services, along with service providers, to job seekers and businesses.

  • IWDB
    See Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB)
  • IWDS
    The Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS) is the internet-based management information system used to collect information about the customers who have been and are being served by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA) programs. This information is reported to the U.S. Department of Labor on a quarterly or annual basis depending on the program and is also used by OET and the Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) to manage the WIOA and TAA programs.
  • IWIB
    The Governor-appointed Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education and community-based organizations with the goal of evaluating and meeting the workforce needs of Illinois' employers and workers.

    Through a committee and task force structure, representatives from private/public partner programs present the IWIB with policy recommendations on strengthening Illinois' workforce system. All policies developed or commented upon through the IWIB structure include input from the public and partners.
  • IWP
    Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • IWT

    Incumbent Worker Training is designed to meet the needs of an employer or group of employers to retain a skilled workforce or avert layoffs. Incumbent Worker training can be used to either:

    • Help avert potential layoffs of employees; or
    • Obtain the skills necessary to retain employment, such as increasing the skill levels of employees so they can be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for new or less-skilled employees.

    Unlike other trainings, employers, instead of individuals, must meet the local eligibility criteria to receive funds for training their workforce. In most circumstances, incumbent workers being trained must have been employed with the company for at least six months. Employers who receive these funds are required to meet requirements for providing the non-federal share of the cost of the training.

  • IWTS
    Incumbent Worker Tracking System
  • JTPA
    Job Training Partnership Act (preceeded the Workforce Investment Act)
  • LEP

    A Limited English Proficiency Individual is an adult or out-of-school youth who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language, and a) whose native language is a language other than English; or b) who lives in a family or community environment where a language other than English is the dominant language.


    Lower Living Standard Income Level means that income level (adjusted for regional, metropolitan, urban, and rural differences and family size) determined annually by the Secretary of Labor based on the most recent lower living family budget issued by the Secretary.

  • LMA

    A Labor Market Area is an economically integrated geographic area within which individuals can reside and find employment within a reasonable distance or can readily change employment without changing their place of residence. Such an area shall be identified in accordance with criteria used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor in defining such areas or similar criteria established by a Governor.

  • LMI

    Labor Market Information is labor related information about unemployment, industries, occupations, etc. LMI covers economic, social, demographic, and labor force data. It describes the characteristics of the supply of labor (the people who are workers or potential workers in the labor market) and provides information on the job opportunities in the labor market (current and projected needs of current and future employers). Sources of LMI often give historical, current, and forecast information to satisfy the different users needs. Citation

  • LNG
    Literacy and Numeracy Gains (for Youth)
  • LWDA
    Local Workforce Development Area (now known as LWIA)
  • LWDB
    Local Workforce Development Board (now known as LWIB)
  • LWIA

    A Local Workforce Innovation Area is a single county or multiple counties designated by the Governor, which allows for the receipt of an allotment under Sec. 127(b) or 132(b), with considerations consisting of the extent to which the areas - (i) are consistent with labor market areas in the State; (ii) are consistent with regional economic development areas in the State; and (iii) have available the Federal and non-Federal resources necessary to effectively administer activities under subtitle B and other applicable provisions of this Act, including whether the areas have the appropriate education and training providers, such as institutions of higher education and area career and technical education schools.

  • LWIB

    A Local Workforce Innovation Board is a group of business, workforce, governmental, and community leaders established, and certified by the Governor, to carry out the functions described at Sec. 107(d).

  • MBA

    Maximum Benefit Amount is the total amount of unemployment insurance benefits payable to a claimant in a benefit year.

  • MOU

    A Memorandum of Understanding is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities.

  • MSFW

    Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker -

    Migrant farmworker means an eligible seasonal farmworker whose agricultural labor requires travel to a job site such that the farmworker is unable to return to a permanent place of residence within the same day; and a dependent of the farmworker. Seasonal farmworker means a low-income individual who— (i) for 12 consecutive months out of the 24 months prior to application for the program involved, has been primarily employed in agricultural or fish farming labor that is characterized by chronic unemployment or underemployment; and (ii) faces multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency; and a dependent of the person.


    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminates race-based discrimination.


    The North American Free Trade Agreement establishes Transitional Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers in companies affected by imports from Mexico or Canada or by shifts of U.S. production to those countries.


    The North American Industry Classification System is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

  • NDP

    A Nondiscrimination Plan is a document that describes the actions an individual State will take to ensure that its Title I-financially assisted programs, activities, and recipients are complying, and will continue to comply, with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements of WIOA and its implementing regulations.

  • NOFO
    Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • NoGA

    A Notice of Grant Award is the legal document issued to notify the grantee that an award has been made and that funds may be requested from the designated office.

  • NPRM
    Notice of Proposed Rule Making
  • NRP

    Needs-Related Payments are funds allocated to a local area and may be used to provide direct financial assistance to adults and dislocated workers who are unemployed and do not qualify for (or have ceased to qualify for) unemployment compensation for the purpose of enabling such individuals to participate in programs of training services.

  • ODEP
    Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • OEM
    Original Equipment Manufacturer
  • OET
    Office of Employment and Training (formerly Bureau of Workforce Development (BoWD))
  • OJT

    On-the-Job Training provides reimbursements to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training for newly hired employees and the lost production of current employees providing the training (including management staff). OJT training can assist employers who are looking to expand their businesses and who need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the wage rate (in certain circumstances up to 75%) of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs. Under some programs, such as those funded by H-1B fees, OJT reimbursement may be as high as 90%, depending on employer size.

  • OMB
    Office of Management and Budget
  • ONET
    Occupational Information Network
    Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
  • OSY

    Out-of-School Youth means an individual who is— (i) not attending any school (as defined under State law); (ii) not younger than age 16 or older than age 24; and (iii) one or more of the following: (I) A school dropout. (II) A youth who is within the age of compulsory school attendance, but has not attended school for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter. (III) A recipient of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent who is a low-income individual and is—(aa) basic skills deficient; or (bb) an English language learner. (IV) An individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system. (V) A homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), a homeless child or youth (as defined in section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2))), a runaway, in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, a child eligible for assistance under section 477 of the social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 677), or in an out-of- home placement. (VI) An individual who is pregnant or parenting. (VII) A youth who is an individual with a disability. (VIII) A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure or hold employment.

  • PEER

    Placement in Employment or Education (for Youth)

  • PII

    Personal Identifiable Information means--

    Any representation of information that permits the identity of an individual to whom the information applies to be reasonably inferred by either direct or indirect means. Further, PII is defined as information: (i) that directly identifies an individual (e.g., name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.) or (ii) by which an agency intends to identify specific individuals in conjunction with other data elements, i.e., indirect identification. (These data elements may include a combination of gender, race, birth date, geographic indicator, and other descriptors). Additionally, information permitting the physical or online contacting of a specific individual is the same as personally identifiable information. This information can be maintained in either paper, electronic or other media.

  • PY
    Program Year
  • QCT
    A census tract, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, having 50 percent of households with incomes below 60 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI) or having a poverty rate of 25 percent or more.

    Locations of qualified census tracts and disproportionately impacted areas may be obtained by entering the client’s address on the QCT-DIA Map.
  • RFA
    Request for Application
  • RFP
    Request for Proposal
  • RSA
    Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • RTAA
    Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • SFY
    State Fiscal Year
  • SNAP
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • SSA
    Social Security Administration
  • SSDI

    Social Security Disability Insurance is a payroll tax-funded federal program that provides income supplements to individuals that are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability (physical disability). The individual must have worked in recent years and paid FICA payroll taxes for a certain period of time to be eligible for SSDI.

  • SSI

    Supplemental Security Income is an income benefit program for disabled individuals under the age of 65 who are unable to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. It also provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Eligibility for the program is based on financial need established by income and asset requirements.

  • SSN

    A Social Security Number is the 9-digit identification number assigned to an individual by the Social Security Administration under the Social Security Act.

  • TAA

    The Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002) provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TAA is effective for all certifications dated prior to May 18, 2009 and after February 12, 2011 (with certifications number 0-69,999 and 80,000 and above.) TAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA), and Health Coverage Tax Credits (HCTC).

    On October 21, 2011, President Obama signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Extension Act of 2011, which changes the group eligibility requirements, and individual benefits and services available under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, for some workers.

    The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015), title IV of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-27), was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 29, 2015, and both amends and reauthorizes the TAA Program. The TAARA 2015 (see Attachment B) restores the worker group eligibility and benefits established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA). The TAARA 2015 also authorizes the operation of the 2015 Program and continuation of the 2002 Program, the 2009 Program, and the 2011 Program through June 30, 2021; provides a 90-day transition period for Reversion 2014 Program participants; expands coverage of certifications of petitions filed since January 1, 2014 for 90 days; requires reconsideration of negative determinations on petitions filed since that date and before the date of enactment under 2015 Act certification requirements; and reauthorizes the HCTC program benefit for eligible TAA participants. Additionally, new requirements are added by the TAARA 2015 to align performance reporting for the TAA Program with the requirements of the WIOA.


    Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program

  • TANF

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a federal program providing cash, medical or food assistance for parents and children.

  • TAPR

    The Trade Act Participant Report (TAPR) is an exiter report that provides the outcome measures for the TAA program.

  • TAT

    Technical Assistance and Training

  • TEGL
    Training and Employment Guidance Letter
  • TEN
    Training and Employment Notice

    Included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) reauthorized the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2002 (as amended in 2002). TGAAA was effective for all certifications (numbered 70,000 to 79,999) dated on or after May 18, 2009 until its provisions expired on February 12, 2011 (at which point the TAA provisions were again placed in effect for all new petitions.) TGAAA provides Federal assistance for US workers whose jobs are lost as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. TGAAA provides funding for training, job search allowances, relocation allowances, Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), and Health Coverage Tax Credits (HCTC).

    Transportation Logistics and Warehousing Task Force
  • TORQ
    Transferrable Occupation Relationship Quotient
  • TRA

    The Trade Readjustment Allowance is a weekly allowance payable to an affected worker with respect to such worker's unemployment.

  • UI
    Unemployment Insurance

    The United States Department of Labor is the federal department (agency) which regulates and funds state workforce activities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • WARN
    Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • WBA

    The Weekly Benefit Amount is the amount payable to an unemployment insurance claimant for each compensable (eligible) week of total unemployment.

  • WBL

    Federal legislation provides several definitions for work-based learning. While Illinois does not have one formalized definition for work-based learning, Illinois has a defined continuum of work-based learning opportunities that are defined both in statute and the career pathways dictionary.

    • There is general agreement that work-based learning provides participants with work-based opportunities to practice and enhance the skills and knowledge gained in their program of study or industry training program, as well as to develop employability, and includes an assessment and recognition of acquired knowledge and skills.
    • At the federal level, Perkins V legislation states that work-based learning means sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that fosters in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in each career field and that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.
  • WDB
    Workforce Development Board
  • WDQI
    Workforce Data Quality Initiative
  • WDS
    Workforce Development Specialist (formerly Regional Program Representative (RPR))
  • WFTR
    Waiver From Training Requirement
  • WIA

    The Workforce Investment Act is an Act of the United States Congress to establish programs to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the labor force and to give job training to those economically disadvantaged individuals and other individuals who face serious barriers to employment and who are in need of such training to obtain prospective employment. WIA followed the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and preceded the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

    Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data
  • WIOA
    Passed in July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first federal reform of the workforce system in 15 years. WIOA replaces and modifies the Workforce Investment Act, which started in 1998. 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. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. The majority of WIOA provisions become effective July 1, 2015. The goal of WIOA is to improve the quality of the workforce, increase economic self-sufficiency, reduce welfare dependency, meet employer skill requirements, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. These core programs are included in WIOA:
    • Employment and Training Programs (Title I):
    • Disadvantaged Youth Services
    • Economically Disadvantaged Adult Services
    • Dislocated Worker Programs
    • Re-employment Services under Wagner-Peyser
    • Disabled persons employment support through Vocational
    • Rehabilitation Services