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WIOA Training Grants for Hernando County

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Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or have you been notified there will be a lay-off? Are you on food stamps or other assistance? If any of these apply, you might be eligible for a grant that can really help you get trained, certified, and placed in your new career. There is no out-of-pocket for you. This grant is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is designed to help unemployed and under-employed people get back into the workforce by helping them get the marketable skills that employers are looking for.

How to Apply for a WIOA Grant in Hernando County

Hernando County WIOA

Hernando County is one of the best counties to be in for the WIOA program in the state of Florida. They are a lot more consumer-friendly than many counties. They offer more choices, more flexibility, and greater funding than other counties, up to $6,000 to help you get trained, certified, and placed in your career.

Now the not so good news: There is still a lot of red tape and if you do not know what you are doing, there will be unnecessary delays and you could end up being not approved.

If you qualify, this grant can be used to help you get placed in high demand careers such as Information Technology, Cyber-Security, Executive Secretary/Admin Assistant,  and more. This is a jobs program and is designed to help you get back to work as soon as possible.

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You must be both eligible AND suitable

We start here because if you are not both eligible and suitable you will not be approved. This is a jobs program; it is not for hobbies and the career you are looking for must be one that is in high demand where you have a high probability of success. This is not an entitlement, so if there are any doubts about either your commitment or ability to complete then training and gain employment, then you could be turned down.

Another area that determines your suitability is how stable you will be during the training. I have seen people trying to make the WIOA counselor feel sorry for them by telling them all their financial woes, how desperately they need this, and that they could lose their home if they can’t get back to work right away. How likely is this person to be able to finish their training?

I always try to prepare my clients before they start interacting with the WIOA counselor to make sure you present yourself as being ready to hit the ground running so you are determined to be both eligible and suitable.

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Documents you will need for your application

Your WIOA counselor is going to need some documents from you to prove your eligibility. These include:

  • Proof of eligibility (Unemployment, food stamps, layoff letter, etc.)
  • Proof that you are eligible to work in the US (your social security card)
  • Proof of residence in Hernando County
  • Your resume
  • Your last 10 job searches
  • You will also need to register with Employ Florida

There may be other items depending on your individual case. Once everything is in, they can send your application up for approval.


Once you have been approved, a voucher is issued, and you can be enrolled in your classes. The training is short term, usually a few weeks or less, but intense. Tell your family aliens have abducted you because you will be very busy during the training. The sooner you finish, the quicker we can go to work to help you get placed.

Depending on the training program, you will receive practice tests. You can do these as many times as you wish, but we ask that you pass them three times in a row to get our test pass guarantee: If you do not pass the exam the first time, we will pay for another exam voucher.

Technically you have 6 – 12 months to take the exam but try to take it within a month of taking the class. Otherwise, you will be forgetting things you learned and will likely need to retake the class first.

Once you have completed your training, our career services department can go to work to help you get placed. They will reach out to you when you start your training, to help you with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills, and most importantly, getting your information in front of a hiring manager.

As soon as you finish your training, they can start trying to help you get placed, but you will have the most opportunities once you pass the exam and are certified.

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Best Career Choices for the WIOA Grant in Hernando County

Information Technology

With the number of computer networks doubling every 5 years, the job demand for Information Technology workers continues to heat up for this high paying career. If you qualify you can use the grant to get the certifications that the employers we work with are asking for: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, and more.

Cyber Security

This is one of the hottest job opportunities with over 500,000 job openings nationwide. Just in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market,  according to Cyberseek, there are an estimated 6,700 job openings in the local area and the number of qualified workers is very low. Many of these jobs have a legal requirement that you must be certified. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of job openings over the next 5 years. Employers desperately need workers who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco CCNA Security, and more.

. Organizations now mostly depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence abilities they need to succeed in their careers.


Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant

Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing support to managers and employees, helping in everyday office needs, and managing the company’s general administrative duties. The more skilled administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good salary if they have the necessary abilities. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) can really help to move up in this career.

There are other options as well, but keep these things in mind when making your choice:

  • It must be an approved occupation
  • It must be suitable for WIOA
  • It needs to be a field where there is a high expectation of employability when you get certified.

Let’s see if you qualify! 

You can call me at 813-387-3503 or book a time for me to call you. If you are eligible, we can review your options to come up with a plan to suit your needs. Then I can help you apply for this grant and help you get approved, so we can go to work to help you get trained, certified, and placed.