WIOA Pasco County Grants with job placement assistance near San Antonio
Are you unemployed or under-employed? 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 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 some of the Preferred Certifications that can jump-start your career:
Hot Jobs in Pasco County
With the amount 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 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 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 prior 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
Each 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 amount of growth, organizations 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 depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence techniques they need to advance 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 requirements. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this career.
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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 free 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 fields 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) addresses this issue by providing free funding for job 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 a job 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 choose 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 career, there will be approved training programs 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 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 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 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 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 program that can be finished in a short period of time that will boost 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 employers and easier to place. Some occupations 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 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. A lot of schools are reluctant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly advise you consult with an expert.
Do you help with job placement?
Yes! The whole intent 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 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 needs. Many 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 job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of ageism. Luckily, I got hired again, but this time on the corporate 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 low income. Many others do not like working with it becase of all the bureaucratic paperwork. 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, unemployed (and low income) people 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 qualify for!
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