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UCI Division of Continuing Education Receives WIA Training Provider Status

Free Webinar Available to Share Ways to Lower Tuition Costs and Help Unemployed Professionals Return to the Labor Force

IRVINE, Calif. – March 10, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced that it has been identified by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) as an approved provider of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training services for qualified students. A list of certificate and continuing education programs has been approved to provide employment training to WIA-eligible adult and dislocated workers—just in time when unemployment continues to increase. In addition, UC Irvine Extension will offer a free timely webinar titled “Funding Sources: Ways to Lower Your Tuition Cost” to offer students an opportunity to learn about WIA and other public funding sources available, including VA benefits and public and private loans. The webinar will take place on March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT.

“We are pleased that UC Irvine Extension has been selected by the state as a WIA resource that will serve the community and address the need for the training of displaced professionals,” said Gary Matkin, Ph. D, dean of continuing education at UC Irvine. “The addition of this funding adds to the variety of financial assistance options for our continuing education programs and allows UC Irvine Extension to be a leader in training the local workforce.”

The WIA is a workforce development legislation that provides funding to address the employment and training needs of eligible professionals and dislocated workers through local One-Stop Centers. The WIA Title I financial assistance program and activities are an equal opportunity employer/program, and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. To determine eligibility and enroll in the program, interested parties must obtain approval from a local One-Stop Center or satellite office (located in the cities of Irvine www.OCOneStop.Com, Westminster www.OCOneStop.Com, Buena Park www.OCWIBPropathInc.Com and San Juan Capistrano www.OCWIBPropathInc.Com).

To learn more about Workforce Investment Act funding and additional tuition funding resources, register for the free webinar at http://unex.uci.edu/services/events/#00536. For additional information about UC Irvine Extension’s funding options, visit http://unex.uci.edu/services/financial/.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.