While you are selecting your training program, you also need to think about how you will pay for your training. If you do not have the funds to pay for training, you will need to investigate sources for financial assistance.

It is important to remember that DCS has no funding to pay for your training.

Under the Workforce Investment Act, you may be eligible to receive funding to pay for some or all of your training costs through a One-Stop Career Center. This funding is called an Individual Training Account or ITA.

Eligibility for an ITA is determined by income, residency and other criteria established by each of the state's 16 workforce areas.

In order to be eligible for an ITA, the training provider you select must also be on an approved vendor list, certified by the appropriate workforce area.

In addition, some areas may not have funding available, and most areas have a limit on the amount that may be available to each customer who is approved to receive training funds. The maximum amount of funding will vary depending upon the funding limit set by each of the 16 areas.