WIOA Pasco - Free Job Training and placement assistance for Forest Hills
Are you unemployed or under-employed? Have you been laid off or received a notice of lay-off? If so, you might qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new job. There is no out-of-pocket for you. Let’s see if you qualify!
If you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, here are a few of of the Popular 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 heat up for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the 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 better 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 number of qualified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions 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 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
Each 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, businesses are already competing for every Business Analyst they can find and pay good salaries. One of the most dramatic changes to this career 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 move up in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform a variety of administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing help to managers and employees, assisting in daily office needs and managing the company’s general administrative requirements. The more qualified executive secretaries can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary requirements. 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. It provides free training grants to help workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are professions in which there are not enough qualified workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) tries to fix this issue by providing free funding for job training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is designed to make your skills marketable so you can get a job and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you qualify, 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 select a program where there is a high likelihood of gainingemployment. 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 categories 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 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 family size, 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 determined to be “suitable.” This is not an automatic approval. The process is arduous so it is best to speak with us first to see if you qualify.
What types of career choices are best under this program?
if you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, you want a plan that can be finished in a short period of time that will boost your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to leverage your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to recruiters and easier to place. Some career choices are perfect 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 cost to you if you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant. No reimbursement or any personal 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 remarkably bureaucratic government agency. The steps are confusing. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I strongly advise you consult with an expert.
Do you help with job placement?
Yes! The whole purpose of this program is to help you get back in the workforce. We have partnered with a staffing company that has devoted a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and most importantly, getting your resume 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 years’ experience in education. I, too, was laid off from my position several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of ageism. Luckily, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the business side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and understood what an opportunity this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a limited income. Most schools do not like working with it becase of all the red tape. The regulations vary from one county to the next and are constantly changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with bureaucratic paperwork. My experience working in colleges gives me an in depth grasp of the many career options and what it takes to get placed. I now specialize in assisting veterans, out of work (and under-employed) workers who may qualify 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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