WIOA Pasco County Job Training Grants with career placement assistance near New Port Richey
Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or been notified there will be a lay-off? If so, you might qualify for a WIOA Pasco government 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 are eligible!
If you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, here are just some of the High-Demand Certifications that can boost your career:
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With the number of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for Information Technology 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 even better than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 10,000 job opening and the number 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 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 best 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 businesses 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, businesses are already competing for every Business Analyst they can get 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 depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for organizational growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence skills they need to move up in their careers.
Responsible executive secretaries perform a variety of administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing assistance to managers and employees, assisting in every day business needs and being responsible for 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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What is a WIOA Pasco grant?
It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides free training grants to help 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 fields in which there are not enough certified workers and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this problem by providing free funding for career training in big demand fields to those who qualify for this grant. This training is intended to make your skills 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 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 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 occupation, there will be approved training programs to choose from.
How do I qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant?
The 3 most common classes are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you were 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 get approved 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 family size, then you could get approved under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might get approved if you are not enrolled in school. You must also be determined to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is arduous 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 want a plan that can be completed in a short period of time that will boost your marketability enough to help get you hired. We look at the best ways to use your experience to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers and easier to place. 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 cost to you if you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant. No reimbursement 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 confusing. Many schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly recommend you work with an expert.
Do you help with job placement?
Yes! The whole intent of this grant is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing company that has devoted a person to work at our location exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and most importantly, getting your information in front of hiring managers. We work with over three thousand 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 higher education. I, too, was laid off from my position several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of my age. Luckily, I got back to work, but this time on the business side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and knew what a godsend this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a limited income. Most schools do not relish working with it becase of all the bureaucracy. The processes vary from one county to the next and are constantly changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with red tape. My experience working in colleges gives me an in depth knowledge of the many career options and what it takes to get hired. I now specialize in assisting veterans, unemployed (and low income) 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 are eligible for!
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