Are you unemployed or under-employed? Have you been laid off or been notified there will be a lay-off? If so, you might be eligible for a government funded WIOA grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new career. There is no cost to you. Let’s see if you qualify!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for IT workers continues to heat up for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the WIOA grant to get the certifications the employers we work with are seekingasking for|: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware and more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Security Analysts is projected to grow by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much better than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 300,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are stronger than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 4,000 job opening and the amount of certified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers desperately need workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Cisco CCNA Security
If you have prior management experience, one of the hottest job opportunities is in project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the need is especially high for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after credential for this field. Forbes magazine ranked this certification second for 2019. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile and Scrum Master
Every year, more businesses are realizing the benefits Business Analysts offer. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to climb at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that amount of growth, companies are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the biggest changes to this field is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Companies now mostly depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to advance in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform a variety of administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing help to managers and employees, helping in daily office needs and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled executive secretaries can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary skills. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this career.
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It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or WIOA grant). it is a jobs program. It provides free training grants to aid workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are professions in which there are not enough certified workers and there are declining fields in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this issue by providing free funding for career training in big demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, everything is paid for, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.
The WIOA grant is a jobs program so you must pick something where there is a high likelihood of employment. Each county has a regionally targeted occupations list (RTOL) to choose from. They want to make sure you select a career that is in high demand. For each approved career, there will be approved training programs to choose from.
The three most prevalent classes are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you have been laid off (or your position was eliminated or you were let go because of a reduction in force) from your last job, terminated, received a notice of layoff or are a military spouse you might get approved as a Dislocated worker. If you are on Food Stamps or government assistance, or have low income based on last 6 month’s earnings and number of people in your family, then you could get approved under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might get approved if you are not going to school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is complicated so it is best to consult with us beforehand to see if you qualify.
You want a program that can be finished in a short period of time that will increase your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to take advantage of your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers and easier to get hired. Some occupations are perfect for this: cyber-security, information technology, project management, business analyst, human resources, executive secretaries and administrative assistants etc.
There is no charge to you if you are eligible. Nothing to pay or any out of pocket expenses. This is a grant, not a loan. Even the exam(s) are paid for. So what is the catch? We will be working with a very bureaucratic government agency. The steps are as clear as mud. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid doing so. I strongly recommend you consult with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this grant is to help you get back in the workforce. We have teamed up with a staffing company that has dedicated a person to work at our location exclusively with our clients. She assists with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and most importantly, getting your resume in front of hiring managers. We work with over three thousand employers in Central Florida who use us for their training needs. Many of them recruit from us so we get many job leads that are not accessible to the general public. Over half the jobs we have helped place people in are not even advertised.
I have over 20+ experience in higher education. I was also laid off from my job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of ageism. Thankfully, I got hired again, but this time on the corporate side. Then I learned about the WIOA grant and understood what a boon this could be for the unemployed or people with a limited income. Most schools do not relish working with it becase of all the bureaucratic paperwork. The processes vary from one county to the next and are often changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with government bureaucracies. My experience working in career education gives me an in depth grasp of the many career choices and what it takes to get hired. I now specialize in helping veterans, out of work (and under-employed) workers who may be eligible for a government grant that will pay for them to get trained, certified and help them get placed in their career and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you qualify for!
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