NIYC's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is funded by a generous grant from the United States Department of Labor's Division of Indian and Native American Programs. NIYC's WIOA program serves off-reservation American Indians/Alaskan Natives located in the state of New Mexico. Through this program, NIYC is able to provide basic career services, individualized career services and training services to individuals age 18 and older. NIYC has established three field offices to serve its participants. These field offices are located in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Gallup, NM.

In each of these communities, NIYC works with local businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and other organizations to develop employment opportunities for its WIOA participants. NIYC's WIOA program is designed to enhance the employability of individuals in careers that are in demand by the current labor market. NIYC participants gain positive work habits and skills through a number of programs and services.

The goals of NIYC's WIOA program are:

To develop more fully our participants academic, occupational and literacy skills;
To help our participants become more competitive in the workforce;
To help our participants achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency; and
To help our participants enter, re-enter, or retain employment that provides a living wage and financial stability.
Eligibility Requirements

Individuals applying for intensive and training services must meet all of the following requirements for program participation and provide documentation for verification.
  1. Must be 18 years of age or older;
  2. Must be living off-reservation and residing in the urban and surrounding areas of Albuquerque, Gallup, and Farmington, New Mexico;
  3. Must provide proof of Native American Ancestry;
  4. Must be unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantage (low income); and
  5. Must be registered with Selective Service, if born a male and born after 1960.
  • Job Search and Job Referrals;
  • Labor Market Information;
  • Resume Writing Assistance;
  • Career Planning;
  • Supportive Services (tools, books, and Bus passes);
  • Financial Literacy Services;
  • Work Experiences (WEX); and
  • Classroom Training (CT)