WIOA Pasco - Free Job Training and placement assistance for Land O Lakes
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 government grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new job. There is no cost to you. Let’s see if you are eligible!
If you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, here are some of the High-Demand Certifications that can jump start your career:
Hot Jobs in Pasco County
With the amount of computer networks doubling every five years, the job demand for Information Technology 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 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 supply of qualified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next five 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 need is especially strong 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 companies are realizing the benefits Business Analysts offer. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to grow 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 find 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. Organizations now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for organizational growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to move up in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants 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 duties. The more qualified administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary skills. 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. It provides free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, 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 career training in big 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 get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is covered, 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 pick 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 a career that is in high demand. For each authorized occupation, there will be authorized training plans to choose from.
How do I qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant?
The 3 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 be eligible 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 be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not enrolled in school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an automatic approval. The process is complicated so it is best to discuss this with us beforehand 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 want a plan 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 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 are eligible for a WIOA Pasco grant. Nothing to pay 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 overly complicated. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid doing so. I strongly 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 teamed up with a staffing firm that has devoted a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She assists with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview preparation 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. 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 higher education. I, too, was laid off from my job several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of my age. Luckily, 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 godsend this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a low income. Most schools do not like working with it becase of all the red tape. The processes 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 career education gives me an in depth understanding of the many career options and what it takes to get placed. I now specialize in assisting veterans, unemployed (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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