Free career Training and placement assistance in Pasco County near South Masaryktown
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 are eligible!
If you qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant, here are just some of the Sought-After Certifications that can accelerate your career:
Hot Jobs in Pasco County
With the amount of computer networks doubling every five years, the job demand for IT workers 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 seekingasking 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 even better than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 10,000 job opening and the supply of certified workers is very small. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next five years. Employers desperately need workers 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 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 companies 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 get 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. Businesses now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for company growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence skills they need to excel in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform many administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing assistance to managers and employees, helping in every day office needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative requirements. 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. WIOA provides free training grants to assist workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand careers such as IT, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are careers 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) 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 skills marketable so you can get a job and get back into 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 choose something where there is a high likelihood 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 plans to choose from.
How do I qualify for a WIOA Pasco grant?
The 3 most prevalent 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 family size, then you could be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not going to 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 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 need to select a plan that can be completed in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you hired. We look at the best ways to use your work history 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 charge 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 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 strongly recommend you consult with an expert.
Do you help with job placement?
Yes! The whole intent of this program is to help you get a job. We have partnered with a staffing company that has dedicated a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She assists with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills 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 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+ experience in higher education. I was also laid off from my position several years ago and struggled to get employed again because of ageism. Thankfully, I got back to work, but this time on the business side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and understood what an opportunity this could be for the unemployed or people with a low income. Most schools do not relish working with it becase of all the red tape. The rules 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 knowledge of the many career options and what it takes to get hired. I now specialize in helping veterans, unemployed (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 field and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you are eligible for!
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