Out-of-School Youth and Young Adults

Whether you’re seeking assistance obtaining your GED or need information about educational options or on-the-job training, Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas is here to help you.

Youth Services Eligibility Requirements

You may qualify for Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’ Youth Services if you meet all of the following criteria:

  1. You are aged 16 – 24,
  2. You are a U.S. citizen,
  3. You are registered with Selective Service (for males 18 and over),
  4. You are low income and meet the definition of out-of-school youth at WIOA §681.210
  5. You meet one or more of these barriers:
    • School dropout;
    • Homeless;
    • Foster child;
    • Pregnant or parenting;
    • Offender; or
    • A low-income individual who requires additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment

Apply to see if you are WIOA eligible. WIOA-eligible individuals can qualify for training or courses offered by these certified training providers and other support services such as:

  • Childcare
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Work clothes
  • Other financial assistance

GED Assistance

Give yourself a competitive edge and the opportunity to increase your earning power by completing your high school diploma – or completing your GED, General Educational Development, which is equivalent to a high school diploma. The GED test has four assessments:

  1. Literacy (reading and writing)
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Social studies

Frequently Asked Question About GED

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Centers have resources, including GED preparation classes taught by certified teachers, to help you study for your GED.


Workforce Solutions provides training opportunities to help get you on the right career path. Make an appointment today with Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas, and let us walk you through available training opportunities.

Paid Work Experience (PWE) is an eligibility-based, specialized activity in which a youth works one on one with a Workforce Career Specialist to match their skills, talents, and interests with a selected job opportunity. PWE is utilized after all other job search efforts are exhausted. Paid work is subject to funding availability and time limited.

On-the-Job Training is also eligibility – based and allows a youth to learn specific job skills as required by an employer. This work program requires youth to work one on one with a Workforce Career Specialist and is subject to funding availability.

For more information, please visit the Workforce Solutions Center nearest you!

Training Opportunities at Local Trade Schools and Colleges

Texas Internship Challenge

Workshops and Job Fairs

Do you want to develop valuable job skills? Join us for one of our upcoming work readiness workshops or register to attend our yearly Youth Expo.

These workshops can help you:

  • Learn to write a resume.
  • How to fill out applications.
  • Prepare for interviews.
  • Develop critical career-building skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Job Fairs

Selective Service Requirements

According to federal law, all males must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. To be eligible for Workforce benefits, males must provide proof of Selective Service registration.

Males working with Workforce Development Boards under 18 years of age must show proof of registration within 30 days of their 18th birthday to continue receiving assistance.

Contact Us Today

If you are a youth currently not enrolled in school, let us help you. If you qualify for WIOA eligibility, there are resources available. Let us help you get on the road to a successful career.