Dislocated Workers in Colorado Springs


Dislocated Workers in Colorado Springs

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“Dislocated Worker” means an individual who lost a job due to:

1. Plant closure – has been terminated or has received an individual notice of termination resulting from any permanent closure of a plant, facility or enterprise.
   Must provide layoff letter written on employer’s letterhead.

2. Substantial Layoff – employees affected by a reduction in force which results in an employment loss at a single site of employment for at least 25% of the employees (excluding employees regularly working less than 20 hours per week). 

3. Layoff/UI/Unlikely to Return – has been laid off or received notice of layoff AND is eligible to apply for or has exhausted entitlement to Unemployment Compensation AND is unlikely to return to previous occupation or industry.
   Must provide layoff letter written on employer’s letterhead. 

4. Self-employed – was self-employed and is unemployed (or in the process of going out of business as a result of general economic conditions in the area of residence or as result of natural disasters.
   Requires letter from attorney stating your business is going or has gone out of business, or
   Two years taxes.

5. Public Announcement of Plant Closure – the process by which a company or other employer makes the general public aware of a plant closing, military base closure etc. The announcement must include a projected closure date and be verifiable.
   Must provide documentation that layoff was advertised to the public and also provide proof of your employment with that company.

6. Displaced Homemaker – An individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member in the home; who has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; and someone who is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
   Must provide divorce or separation papers and proof of how you are supporting yourself without the income that was lost.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • If male born on or after January 1, 1960, must have registered for Selective Service
  • Must be a resident of El Paso or Teller County
  • Education/Training program must be approved on Colorado Department of Labor's Eligible Training List ( https://www.cotrainingproviders.org/#/).
  • If currently enrolled in school, must be within 18 months or 3 semesters of completing education/training program and have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • If not currently attending school, the training you are interested in must be an 18-month program or less

The Opportunity Act (WIOA) applications are available at the conclusion of the Information Session. Completed applications, with all supporting documentation, must be turned in to the PPWFC information desk by 5:00 pm on Thursday of the same week.  This Information Session is mandatory for everyone wishing to submit an application. Offered the first and third Mondays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon, this Information Session is first-come, first-served; no registration is required.