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Government grants: how to get a popular profession in the USA for free

The US Department of Labor has a federal program that allows you to complete qualified training absolutely free of charge, as well as get a job in those areas where employees are needed. More details about this program told the publication Voice of America.

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After moving to the United States, a recent immigrant from Russia, Mikhail Lemeshev, had to work as both a waiter and a courier, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was left without any income at all. At that time, he just heard about this federal program.

“I have a hope. Because I decided that I can master it, - said Lemeshev. “And I began to take steps in this direction: I attended classes and, at the same time, was engaged in obtaining a grant for study, which took two months.”

He notes that after completing the courses, he quickly found a job at Amazon.

“I only got the job in one interview. I prepared for it very seriously in all possible ways, called my teacher and other teachers, - says Mikhail. “When, after a month and a half of work, I had a difficult moment (I could not cope and understand what to do, and there was no one to ask), the teachers helped me figure it out.”

The federal workforce Innovation and Opportunity Law program pays full tuition to participating training centers in lieu of students.

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The opportunity to take courses for free is especially important for ethnic minorities, low-income citizens, refugees, LGBT people and those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Anyone can take part in the program, but preference is given to those who really need it - those who do not have a job have no real plan of action.

In addition to training, the centers help prepare for interviews and write resumes. And when graduates receive certificates, the centers keep in touch with them and at first support them if necessary.

In many states, there is a high demand for health, preschool and transportation professionals. IT specialists have recently added to the list of in-demand professions.

What is this program and who can participate

The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is designed to help job seekers gain access to employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market. WIOA's training funds are dedicated to serving laid-off workers, adults and youth who need training to enter or re-enter the labor market, the website says. Oconestop.

To be eligible to provide WIOA services, an applicant must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a citizen or non-citizen eligible to work in the United States;
  • meet the registration requirements for the military electoral service (men only).

To be eligible for WIOA services as a displaced worker in the displaced worker program, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a citizen or non-citizen eligible to work in the United States;
  • meet registration requirements for the military electoral service (men only)
  • meet the definition of a fired employee.

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A laid-off worker is defined as a person who:

  • has been fired or laid off;
  • has the right to receive unemployment compensation;
  • has been hired for a period sufficient to demonstrate to the relevant person at the center of his desire to work;
  • is unlikely to return to the previous industry or profession;
  • works in an enterprise where the employer announced the closure of the facility within 180 days;
  • was self-employed (including working as a farmer, rancher, or fisherman) but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the person lives or due to natural disasters;
  • is the spouse of a member of the armed forces who has lost his job as a result of relocation to permanently relocate such a member.

You can find out more details and find a participating center at link.

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