Free career Training and placement assistance in Pasco County near Elfers
Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or been notified there will be a lay-off? If so, you might be eligible for a WIOA Pasco 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 are eligible!
If you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, here are just some of the Preferred Certifications that can accelerate your career:
Hot Jobs in Pasco County
With the number of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for IT employees continues to shoot 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 looking 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 greater than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 700,000 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 10,000 job opening and the supply 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 employees 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 demand is especially high for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after certification for this field. Forbes magazine consistently ranks this certification in their top five every year. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile, and Scrum Master
Every year, more organizations 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 type of growth, organizations are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can find and pay good salaries. One of the most dramatic 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 organizational growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to advance in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform many administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in daily business needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative requirements. The more qualified executive secretaries can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary abilities. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this career.
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Most frequent questions and answers
What is a WIOA Pasco grant?
It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides no cost training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in high demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are careers 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 no cost funding for career training in high demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is intended to make your resume marketable so you can get hired and return to the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.
Can I use the WIOA Pasco grant for any program I want?
This is a jobs program so you must pick a program where there is a high expectation of employment. Each county has a regionally targeted occupations list (RTOL) to choose from. They want to make sure you select an occupation that is in high demand. For each approved career, there will be approved training plans to choose from.
How do I qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant?
The 3 most typical 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 layoff notice or are a military spouse you could be eligible 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 be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not currently in school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is perplexing so it is best to talk with us first to see if you are eligible.
What types of career choices are best under this program?
if you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, you need to select a program that can be finished in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to take advantage of your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to employers and easier to get hired. Some career choices are ideal for this: cyber-security, information technology, project management, business analyst, human resources, executive secretaries and administrative assistants etc.
Is there a catch or any hidden costs? I always have a hard time believing anything is free.
There is no charge to you if you are eligible for a WIOA Pasco grant. 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 an extremely bureaucratic government agency. The steps are overly complicated. Many schools are hesitant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly advise you work with an expert.
Do you help with job placement?
Yes! The whole purpose of this grant is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing firm that has devoted a person to work at our location exclusively with our clients. She assists with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills and most importantly, getting your information in front of hiring managers. We work with over 3,000 employers in Central Florida who use us for their training needs. A lot 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.
About Dewey McGuirk
I have over 20+ experience in education. I, too, was laid off from my position several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of my age. Finally, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the business side. Then I learned about the WIOA grant and realized what a boon this could be for the unemployed or people with a low income. Many others do not like working with it becase of all the red tape. The rules vary from one county to the next and are often changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with bureaucratic paperwork. My experience working in colleges gives me an in depth knowledge of the many career options and what it takes to get started. I now specialize in helping veterans, out of work (and low income) 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 field and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you are eligible for!
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