Government Help for Local Unemployed–
Since 2008, I had addressed, helped or counseled over 43,000 unemployed Americans as a Workforce Investment Act Advocate. Many of these unemployed Americans have come to me through the Cuyahoga County Employment and Family Services. Many others have come to me through the One-Stop Services of the Office of Workforce Development. In both cases, most of the unemployed Americans that I have helped received full funding from the Workforce Investment Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA Grants only require that one be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. As a matter of fact, Employed adults in danger of losing their jobs can use WIA services to retain employment! The Workforce Investment Act WIA addresses the needs of the unemployed through Training Partners providing training services all paid for by WIA funding! This is not a loan and not Financial Aid, but rather a Federal Grant.
Once awarded a WIA Grant, the WIA Participant may choose to train and prepare for virtually any sustainable career imaginable. Programs that have been found most effective for such sustainable employment include Web Application Development, Database Administration, Computer Programming, Computer Repair, Network Administration, Office Administration, Medical Front Office Assistant & Administration and Server Administration. To present an idea of the breath of training available, some WIA Participants have chosen to be trained in Blacksmithing and even Truck Driving! The good news gets better! WIA Participants are also provided with Reemployment Services that assist in obtaining a job after the completion of training.
Of the many unemployed Americans that I have helped over a 3 year period, the vast majority have found professional, sustainable employment literally within days of completing the training program. This is because the WIA Funded Training Programs are very focused on available, sustainable jobs and prepare the participant for direct workforce entry. For the county of Cuyahoga, 51,818 placements have been made this year alone!
Many times an unemployed American will accept any level of employment possible. From my experience, a 30 year Computer Administrator accepted a job making donuts for about minimum wage. As a result, this re-employed American could not meet her financial obligations and eventually lost her home. WIA prevents this scenario by assuring that the training provided results in sustainable, that is affordable, employment. On average, the WIA Participant can expect to earn from $42,000 to $62,000 per year as a starting point after completion of training.
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The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding is available throughout the nation.
In Cuyahoga county, the WIA funds are administrated through Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development and application can be made through the Employment Connection offices located in Parma, Maple Heights and Cleveland. For more information and/or to begin the funding process access the Employment connection website at: http://www.employmentconnection.us/en-US