Glossary

All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Acronyms

  • Wages
    A payment, usually of money, for labor or services, usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis. http://www.merriam-webster.com/
  • West Central

    ​This region includes the following counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Warren.

  • Whitelist
    A list of e-mail addresses or domain names from which an e-mail blocking program will allow messages to be received.
  • WIA Reauthorization
    The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the critical piece of federal legislation that provides the framework for our national workforce preparation and employment system. It exists for two reasons: to help American businesses find the skilled workers they need to be competitive, productive, and profitable; and to help American workers gain the skills they need to find excellent jobs and contribute to our long-term economic prosperity. Congress is expected to take up WIA reauthorization in 2010.
  • WIA-funded Sites

    ​These are sites that directly receive Title 1 WIA funding.

  • Wiki
    A website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a text editor.
  • Work Attire
    Adhere to the employer's dress code: find out whether it's formal (suit and tie) or casual by asking around or by observing employees arriving for work, unless your job requires you to wear a uniform.
  • Work Ethic
    The values of hard work instilled in or held by employees. For example, an employee with a good work ethic would complete projects and other tasks of high quality and take pride in the quality of his or her work.
  • Work Experience
    A work experience or internship is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for a limited period of time. Work experiences or internships may be paid or unpaid, as appropriate and consistent with other laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act. A work experience or internship may be arranged within the private for-profit sector, the non-profit sector, or the public sector.
    For youth, work experiences may also include:
    • Pre-apprenticeship programs;
    • Summer employment and other employment activities available throughout the school year;
    • Internships and job shadowing; and
    • On-the-job training (OJT)
  • Work Importance Locator
    A self-assessment that will help you learn more about your work values and help you decide what is important to you in a job. Knowing your work values can help you decide what kinds of jobs and career you might want to explore.
    When you complete the Work Importance Locator, you will get scores for six work values. These scores show how important each of these work values is to you. In addition to your scores, you will be directed to a list of occupations that are linked with your work values. The more a job agrees with your work values, the more likely you are to be satisfied with that job.
  • Work Incentive Planning Assistance
    A program whose purpose is to help individuals who receive SSI or SSDI and are interested in getting a job understand how working will affect their benefits.
  • Work Study
    A form of financial aid which calls for students to do labor to sustain their education. Work study is commonly done on campus and is the most typical form of financial aid in all universities and colleges. Job Corp is program which offers free education to youth, leading to a high school diploma or GED.
  • Work-Based Learning (*)
    A broad range of experiences and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, that connect students to the world of work, ranging from career awareness to more applied on-the-job training.
  • Workforce Development System
    The network of Illinois workNet Centers, local and state agencies, and organizations whose combined efforts prepare and connect individuals to career planning, job search, employment, education and training, and work support services.
  • Workforce System
    The network of Illinois workNet Centers, local and state agencies, and organizations whose combined efforts prepare and connect individuals to career planning, job search, employment, education and training, and work support services.
  • Workplace Culture
    A unique blend of workplace values that are reflected in the firm's policies and actions.
  • Workplace Education

    ​Through onsite workplace education programs, the skills of the current workforce are being upgraded to respond to changes in the global marketplace.

  • Workplace Skills

    ​The combination of basic skills, critical thinking skills, and life skills with competency in utilizing resources, using information, working with others, understanding systems, and working with technology, and other skills necessary for success in the workplace.

  • Works Independently
    Develops own ways of doing things. Is able to perform effectively even with minimal direction, support or approval and without direct supervision.
  • Works with Diverse People
    Is flexible and open-minded when dealing with a wide range of people. Listens to and considers others’ viewpoints and alters opinion when it is appropriate to do so. Works well and develops effective relationships with highly diverse personalities.
  • Workshops

    ​Informational or instructional sessions aimed at individuals or businesses.

  • World Wide Web
    A collection of Internet resources, hyperlinked text, audio and video files, and remote sites that can be accessed and searched by browsers based on standards such as HTTP and TCP/IP.
  • WWW
    A collection of Internet resources, hyperlinked text, audio and video files, and remote sites that can be accessed and searched by browsers based on standards such as HTTP and TCP/IP.