In this current economy, it's good to know that there are retraining opportunities available for people who are unemployed.
In Tennessee, WSMV recently reported how one worker, Alvin Phillips, who had recently been laid off may qualify for a $4,000 scholarship to go to college or a technical school.
Worker retraining programs are getting recent stimulus money, encouraging workers laid off to strengthen their skills or change careers, especially in fields like technology, health care, and transportation.
Story and video are here: http://www.wsmv.com/money/19304876/detail.html
Money for this program are being administered through One Stop Career Centers. The one mentioned in the story, the Nashville Career Advancement Center, can be found here: http://www.ncacworkforce.org/
Besides money for training, there is also money for youth employment. For example, in Tennessee, there are 11,639 jobs available for disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14 and 24.
This chart reflects the money and general criteria for those who qualify:
What if you are not in Tennessee?
Your friendly neighborhood ScholarshipMan has done the heavy lifting.
Here is a news release from the US Department of Labor describing how about $3.5 billion will be used to "help Americans get back to work through the national network of One-Stop Career Centers": http://tinyurl.com/dcmn3p
To locate service centers in your state, I have pulled out the pertinent information from the article: "Americans can access these services through the national network of One-Stop Career Centers. To find a local One-Stop Career Center, visit http://www.servicelocator.org or call 877-348-0502 or TTY 877-348-0501. Online resources to support job searches, career exploration and planning for education and training can be found at http://careeronestop.org."
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