WIOA Pasco Grants with job placement assistance near Gulf Pine
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 career. 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 Preferred Certifications that can boost 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 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 stronger than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 700,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are hotter than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 10,000 job opening and the amount of qualified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers badly 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 strong for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after credential 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 provide. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to grow at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that type of growth, companies are already fighting for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the biggest changes to this career is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Businesses 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 excel in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing help to managers and employees, helping in daily business needs and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled administrative assistants 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 profession.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 people get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields 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 people 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 job training in big demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is intended to make your skills marketable so you can get hired and get back into 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 in some areas.
Can I use the WIOA Pasco grant for any program I want?
This is a jobs program so you must select something where there is a high expectation 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 programs to choose from.
How do I qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant?
The three 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 notice of layoff or are a military spouse you could qualify as a Dislocated worker. If you are on Food Stamps or government assistance, or have low income based on what you have earned the last six months and number of people in your family, then you could qualify under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might qualify if you are not going to school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is convoluted so it is best to discuss this 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 completed in a short period of time that will increase your marketability enough to help get you placed. We look at the best ways to leverage your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers and easier to get hired. Some occupations 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 cost 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 a very bureaucratic government agency. The steps are as clear as mud. Many schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid doing so. 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 back in the workforce. We have partnered with a staffing company that has devoted 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 3,000 employers in Central Florida who use us for their training requirements. Many of them recruit from us so we get many job leads that are not available 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 job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of ageism. Thankfully, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the business side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and realized what an opportunity this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a low income. Many others do not relish working with it becase of all the red tape. The regulations vary from one county to the next and are frequently 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 started. I now specialize in helping veterans, unemployed (and under-employed) people who may qualify 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 qualify for!
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