WAG 21-03-02-a.

A client may participate in Vocational Training when:

  1. The program is accredited under requirements of Illinois law.
  2. The client needs additional training to qualify for employment which will make the family self-supporting. For employed clients, the program must result in an increase in the client's earnings upon completion.

    When the client has an Associate degree, license, or certificate, do not approve training unless, due to a change in the economy or occupation, there are no jobs available in the client's field. If the client has a Bachelor's degree, do not approve further training. 

  3. The client has a high school diploma or GED, if required for training or employment in the chosen field. If the client has not completed high school, co-enrollment in Basic Education and Vocational Training is encouraged.
  4. The client has the ability and interest needed for success in the program. This is determined by test results, educational/training background, and talking to the client.
  5. The client must be enrolled full-time, as defined by the school, or as many hours as practical for the family situation. Proof of participation (i.e., attendance statements, educational records and reports) must be provided monthly or more often if requested.
  6. The client's program is needed for employment in a recognized occupation.
  7. Jobs are available in the chosen field in the area where the client intends to work. Use published job market data, such as Horizons, to determine availability.
  8. When 2 or more programs are available, the client's program is the least costly in supportive services or takes less time to complete.
  9. The client must apply for all available educational benefits, such as the Pell grant and scholarships from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. They must also apply for any scholarship or grants identified by the education or training facility. Application for educational loans is optional.