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Career Training Programs

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What Programs Are Right For Me?
One-Stop Career Centers offers current, complete information and links to what's available to you locally. Here are some of the popular programs:

High school equivalency - High school equivalency training can help you if you have not earned a high school diploma. Job markets favor workers with at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Training programs are available to prepare individuals for taking a GED (General Education Development) or HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) to earn the standing of high school equivalency.

Adult basic education - You can qualify for adult basic education training if you are at least 16 years old and function below a 12th grade level in reading, math, writing English, speaking English, or English as a Second Language (for non-native speakers). These training classes are often available through area public schools, libraries, or community-based organizations.

Short-term training/Certificates - Classes in short-term training typically last for less than 2 years. Finishing the course can help you gain skills or certificates that are necessary in specialized fields.

Apprenticeship/Internship - An apprenticeship or internship gives you hands-on experience on the job. Programs may additionally include classroom time. They may be paid or unpaid. An agreement is established between the worker and business so that the worker can gain skills and experience in real-world work.

What Careers?
While training can help with most any employment, job training tends to be particularly successful in certain job sectors. These include clerical, IT, healthcare IT, medical coding, food service, residential aides, and construction.

Where Do I Find A Program?
American Job Centers are funded by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. You can find information about your local center by calling 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627) or by visiting their website here. Job centers vary by location but typically provide phone, internet, resume writing tools, career counseling, training, job search assistance, testing, labor market and employer information, connection to services, and hiring events.

Who Pays?
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) some sectors can receive job training free through their local job center. Individuals likely to qualify for training are veterans, dislocated workers, those who lost jobs due to imports (Trade Adjustment Act TAA), those who are permanently separated from their previous employer, and those unlikely to obtain suitable employment at their current skill level. Candidates need to demonstrate a level of aptitude suitable for their chosen career.

How Do I Start?
Get information - Get information that will direct you in the job training you want and need.

Define your purpose - Determine which benefit of training is the most attractive to you. Is it the new job, finishing a degree, earning a certificate, earning more money for the family?

Set achievable goals - Don't be afraid to attach measureable milestones such as visiting your local job center this week and being enrolled in a training program within 2 months.

Identify steps needed to achieve goals - To get started, these steps to achieve your goal may be as basic as visiting websites and making phone calls. After meeting with a career counselor, you will likely have an action plan for the coming weeks and months.

Most importantly, take action. Training centers are widely available, but they may not be out recruiting potential workers. They count on you recognizing the benefits of job training and having the drive to pursue the opportunities that will make you eligible to secure meaningful employment.