Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – Employment and Training Program

For over 20 years, the National Indian Youth Council, Inc., (NIYC)-Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) have been helping urban Native Americans enter/re-enter the workforce by providing training and career coaching services.  It is our goal to support off-reservation Native Americans and enable them to:

  • Further develop their academic, occupational and literacy skills;
  • Become more prepared and competitive in the workforce;
  • Attain personal and economic self-sufficiency; and
  • Enter, re-enter, or retain employment.

Who This Program Serves

The NIYC-WIOA Employment and Training program serves off-reservation Native Americans throughout the state of New Mexico with office locations in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Gallup.


To apply for the NIYC-WIOA Employment and Training Program, individuals must meet the listed Eligibility Requirements and submit the Required Documentation to determine program eligibility.

Eligibility RequirementRequired Documentation
18 Years Old or OlderDriver's License or State-Issued Identification Card
Must Physically Reside Off-ReservationProof of Residency: Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, or Other Form of Verification
Proof of American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian AncestryCertificate of Indian Blood, BIA Form 4432, Tribal Enrollment Card, or Certification of Descent
Unemployed, Underemployed, or Economically DisadvantagedPay Stubs, Self-Certified Statement of Income, Lay-off Notice, and/or Public Assistance Recipient Documentation
If a male born after 1960, you must be registered with the U.S. Selective ServiceRegistration Card, Letter, or Online Verification

How to Apply

  • Fill-out and submit the NIYC-WIOA Pre-Application: Albuquerque, Farmington, Gallup
  • Gather the Required Documentation that will be used to determine your eligibility

I Applied – Now What?

After you have gathered the required Pre-Application documents, an Intake Interview appointment will be scheduled to determine your program eligibility. If you have yet to schedule an Intake Interview appointment, please contact the nearest office to you: Albuquerque, Farmington, Gallup.

Services We Offer

Self-Services: Our resource computers are available to use for self-directed job search such as, updating and printing your resume, researching and applying for employment positions, or to explore educational opportunities.

Career Services: Includes the determination of program eligibility; orientation to program information and labor exchange services; referrals to other programs and services; and assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, and supportive service needs.

Individualized Services: Comprehensive and specialized assessments; development of an Individual Education/Employment Plan (IEP); group and individual counseling; case management; internships; and financial literacy services.

Training Services: Occupational skills training, upgrading, and retraining; includes GED and post-secondary credential attainment.

Programs We Offer

Once program eligibility has been determined, the individual will be assigned a Case Manager who will work with them throughout their participation in the Classroom Training or Work Experience program.

Classroom Training: Requires an individual to attend in-class instruction at an accredited GED or post-secondary institution on a part-time or full-time basis.  The courses or classes must lead to the attainment of a GED/high school equivalency diploma or a career-related certificate/degree.

Work Experience (Internship): A short-term employment opportunity designed to enhance the employability of an individual by providing a structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for a limited period of time.  The assigned Case Manager will assess the individual’s skills, experience, and career goals to help determine the best internship placement within our vast network of organizational partnerships.