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 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!

 

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Cisco Certified network Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification
  • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+
  • Scrum Master
  • Lean Six Sigma

With the amount of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for IT workers continues to shoot 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 faster than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 300,000 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 4,000 job opening and the amount of certified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next 5 years. Employers badly need workers 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 most high demand job opportunities is in project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the need 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 ranked this certification number two for 2019. 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 climb at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that type of growth, companies are already competing 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. Organizations now mostly 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 advance in their careers.

Responsible executive secretaries perform many 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 requirements. The more skilled executive secretaries 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 career.

Instead of having us talk about ourselves, why don’t we see what our clients have to say.

Mr. McGuirk was very instrumental in helping me determine my educational path. I gave him my list of career and training objectives. He charted my options and identified advantages for each course available. He also explained career potential for each class. His guidance contributed to my finding my new job. (Thank you! Thank you!)
Ronni Jones
IT Security and Compliance Analyst
Dewey was very communicative and took the time to sit with me and outline my goals and how the training material will carve out my career path…The instructors were top notch and worked effortlessly to ensure that all students were up to speed on the material. It was noticeable that the instructors fully understood the material and were prepared for any and all questions that came their way.
Kyle Metzger
Project Manager
Dewey was extremely helpful in guiding me into an appropriate choice of program to match my interests and current job demands of our area…I would highly recommend New Horizons.I found it to have a really great atmosphere. Very friendly and always helpful staff.
Lisa Baresi-Smith
PC Technician
I met Dewey at a job fair. He told me about the PMP program and grants available in the area. I have thought about attaining my PMP in the past with professional and volunteer projects. Dewey was a great coach. He knew what skills were needed int he market and best classes to take. He even let me know the best instructors to insure my success. The PMP training is one of the best training that I received. I would recommend New Horizons for the WIOA program for job seekers. Dewey knows the WIOA program and what classes qualify.
Jennifer Smith
Strategic Account Manager
The admission representative was very courteous, helpful and professional. He provided all the necessary information for me to meet my goal. I would definitely recommend New Horizons. The way I was treated by staff along with the way the course was presented left me extremely satisfied
Karl Joseph
Network Engineer II
New Horizons provided all the resources I needed to pass the certification exams on my first try. (They) provided more help than anyone in finding a job--not only have they prepared me for the job but they have helped me get the "at bats" with interviews that are equally necessary for landing a job.
James Falzone
Help Desk
Most frequent questions and answers

What is WIOA?

It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). it is a jobs program. WIOA provides free training grants to aid workers get trained, certified and placed in big demand fields such as IT, cyber-security, business intelligence, project management and more. The idea is that there are professions in which there are not enough certified workers 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 designed to make your resume marketable so you can get a job and return to 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 this grant for any program I want?

This is a jobs program so you must select something where there is a high likelihood 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 approved occupation, there will be approved  training plans to choose from.

How do I qualify?

The three most common 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 last 6 month’s earnings 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 currently in school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is convoluted so it is best to speak with us first to see if you are eligible.

What types of career choices are best under this program?

You want a program that can be finished in a short period of time that will increase 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 employers and easier to place. 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 qualify. 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 confusing. 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 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 resume in front of hiring managers. We work with over three thousand employers in Central Florida who use us for their training requirements. A lot 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

Your Expert for Unemployment Grants

Dewey McGuirk New Horizons, WIOA Expert, Career Coach, Unemployment Grant specialist

I have over 20+ experience in education. I was also laid off from my job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of my age. Finally, I got hired again, but this time on the corporate side. Then I discovered the WIOA grant and knew what a boon this could be for the unemployed or people with a limited income. Many others do not relish working with it becase of all the red tape. The processes vary from one county to the next and are frequently changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with red tape. My experience working in career education gives me an in depth knowledge of the many career options and what it takes to get placed. I now specialize in helping 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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Stillwater, Odessa, Canterbury, Durango, Trinity, Farmington, Westwood Lakes, Highland Park, Belle Meade, East Lake

 

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