Are you unemployed?
Are you low-income?
Do you have state benefits? Including, but not limited to: state insurance, unemployment assistance, energy assistance?

You may qualify for Connecticut State Tuition Assistance through the Workplace.

There are 3 Programs we work with:

  1. Health Career Academy
  2. WIOA
  3. YouthWorks

Health Career Academy Tuition Assistance

Program Requirements

  • Ages 17 years and older
  • Current Unexpired CT Driver’s License/Photo ID
  • Green Card and/ or Updated Paperwork (Non-Citizen)
  • Signed Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate or unexpired passport
  • Resume/Work history – Not required in all cases
  • High School Diploma or College Transcripts – Not required in all cases
  • Selective Services for Males
  • Certificates, if applicable
  • Proof of State Assistance, if applicable
    • Snap (Food Stamps)/TANF (Cash Assistance) Budget Sheet
    • Housing/ Section 8
    • Medicaid/ Husky Verification of Benefits Statement
    • SSI/SSDI Statement
    • Child Support
  • Financial Documents
    • Previous Years Taxes
    • Paystubs (Two if Paid Bi-Weekly, Four if Paid Weekly)
    • Wage Statement/ WR10 (If unemployed or did not file taxes in Previous Year) How do you obtain a WR10 or Wage Statement? Go to the Department of Labor/ American Job Center before your info session meeting located at 350 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport, CT or the American Job Center in Stamford, CT.

How Do You Apply?

  1. Download and print out Registration Form. (If you can’t print it out they will give you one at the info session)
  2. Call 203-930-1637 or email general@healthcareeracademy.org to find out the next info session.
  3. Make sure you bring your required documents above to the info session.

(If you have all the documents, you can possibly be put in the next training class quicker!)

FAQ About Health Career Academy

WHAT IS THE HEALTH CAREERX ACADEMY?
The Health CareeRx Academy helps individuals build a career pathway and secure employment as a health care professional. We pay for training for many different occupations, provide books and other support, and give you guidance and access to people from the industry.  We aim to make people as strong a candidate as possible so they can compete for higher paying careers in healthcare.

IS THE PROGRAM LIKE THE WIOA PROGRAM? HOW DOES IT DIFFER?
Like the WIOA program, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements. Both programs also use the same list of training providers. As far as differences go, the WIOA program has a much more extensive eligibility process. Applicants are required to complete a lengthy “portfolio” before eligibility is determined. Also, the scholarship amount for training you receive is different than WIOA. Academy participants receive additional support services while in the program.

HOW DO I GET ENROLLED IN THE ACADEMY?
The first step is to register for an information session where you will learn about how you can put our services to work to help you build a career.

HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS TAKE?
The length of the application process varies depending on the time it takes you to bring in all of your documents of eligibility.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Not everyone who completes an application and eligibility process will be accepted into the Academy. This grant-funded program uses an evaluation design which will randomly assign eligible individuals to participate in the program or not. For individuals not selected by random assignment, they will be given a referral packet that contains resources for training, scholarships, and support services.

WHEN DO CLASSES START AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THEM?
Class start dates are dependent on the program and school you choose to attend. The Academy is not an occupational training site. The start dates and duration of each program are based on each training provider’s schedule. You may want to visit the school or provider website for more information.

AM I LIMITED AS TO WHAT SCHOOLS I CAN ATTEND FOR TRAINING?
Yes and no. Accepted students can enroll at any training site that has been approved on the Connecticut’s Eligible Training Provider List. That being said, just about every healthcare training provider in the Southwest Region is included on this list. However, be aware that the Academy cannot pay all costs at some of the more expensive schools/training programs.

HOW SOON CAN I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?
Once you have been accepted into the program, there are required Academy courses that participants must attend. These required courses will run 5 consecutive days or 6 evenings, split between two weeks to accommodate those participants who work during the day or in the evenings. Your Career Counselor may also recommend other courses for you to improve your reading and math skills and/or prepare you for your training program. Once you have completed these courses you will work with your Career Counselor to register for your occupational skills training.

IF I AM CURRENTLY IN SCHOOL OR HAVE A JOB, DO I STILL NEED TO ATTEND THE REQUIRED COURSES?
Yes. These courses are a requirement for all interested applicants. We strongly believe in the value of these courses and their mission to make you a stronger job candidate.

DOES THE HCA HELP WITH TRANSPORTATION AND CHILDCARE?
The Academy can assist with transportation and childcare costs and can help you develop a plan for both. This assistance is limited and is generally available during occupational training.

HOW CAN THE ACADEMY HELP ME WITH GAINING EXPERIENCE AND BUILDING A CAREER?
The Academy will begin working with you on a career plan right away. The Academy makes a continuous effort to form relationships with employers. The ultimate goal of our program is to help every single participant increase their income.

WHAT DOES THE GRANT/SCHOLARSHIP COVER?
The grant covers tuition, any required books or uniforms within limits. We also provide limited assistance with transportation and childcare if needed.

SO WHAT ARE THE STEPS AGAIN?
Register online or by phone (203) 930-1637 to register for an Information Secession.

At the Information Session, complete the application, schedule an appointment to bring in your documents, and engage in an eligibility interview with the Eligibility Specialist; After eligibility is determined, you will receive a call from a Career Counselor to work on your training plan which may include CASAS testing, STRIVE, Contextualized Learning, and Foundations Skills Workshop Week before Occupational Skills Training.


WIOA Tuition Assistance

The “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” or “WIOA” (which supersedes WIA), provides federal funds to states to help job seekers, workers, and businesses with career services, job training, and education.

Career Services Include

  • unemployment
  • job search assistance
  • job market information
  • job readiness
  • career planning and counseling
  • programs for non-English speakers
  • individual employment plan
  • financial aid information
  • supportive services
  • financial literacy
  • outreach, intake, orientation
  • labor exchange services
  • performance, cost information
  • initial and comprehensive assessment
  • short term prevocational services
  • internships
  • work preparation and experience
  • out of area job search
  • eligibility
  • referrals
  • career services
  • follow up services

Job seekers can get job search, training, and support to succeed in the job market and increase wages.

How To Get Help

Contact an American Job Center and say you are interested in WIOA.

You will attend a WIOA orientation and eligibility meeting. Adults must have low incomes and lack job skills in demand now; or be a “dislocated worker” – you are laid off or have a layoff notice because of current economic situation (not leaving a job for personal reasons) and you need skills currently in demand.

WIA Frequently Asked Questions

CAN YOU GIVE ME AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) PROGRAM?
Workforce Investment Act scholarships are available to adults and dislocated workers who meet income and other guidelines, and who need training to be competitive in today’s workplace. Connecticut’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) lists available trainings, including classroom, correspondence, internet, broadcast and other apprenticeship programs.

For detailed information regarding the WIA Portfolio Building Process and requirements click here: American Job Center

HOW DO I APPLY FOR WIA FUNDING?
Prospective clients/students should first contact their nearest Connecticut Works Career Center, located in Stamford at 141 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Stamford, CT 06901, (203) 353-1702 or speak with a Department of Labor representative.

To find the American Job Center office nearest you, click here: Locations

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR HELP?
There are many criteria used in deciding who qualifies for help, speak with a representative from the Connecticut Works Career Center or speak with an agent from the Department of Labor.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE COMPLETED MY RESEARCH?
Speak with your WIA counselor who will advise you on how you should proceed.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I HAVE CHOSEN A SCHOOL AND A PROGRAM TO PARTICIPATE IN?
Contact the WIA representative at the school offering the program and make an appointment to have your forms filled out by the program administrator (contact Daniel at Northeast Medical Institute by calling 203-391-6766 or emailing admin@northeastmedicalinstitute.com.  You will return the completed forms to your WIA counselor for approval. Once you have decided on the program you want, apply to Northeast Medical Institute LLC and complete the specific program requirements.

WHAT DO I DO ONCE I HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY WIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AND HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY NORTHEAST MEDICAL INSTITUTE LLC?
Contact Northeast Medical Institute to schedule a start date.

WHAT DO I DO IF I CANNOT START THE PROGRAM?
You should notify the school program administrator and your WIA counselor immediately and explain why you are unable to start class.


YouthWorks

The WorkPlace is dedicated to helping youth become valuable and self-reliant members of the community by offering skills training as well as job search and placement services. The WorkPlace also provides a platform for innovative partnerships between employers and school systems which seek to combat youth unemployment and promote career exploration for young adults living in Southwestern Connecticut.

YouthWorks helps local youth ages 16 to 24 choose a career, prepare for the career, and become valuable and self-reliant members of the community. YouthWorks tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of each youth.

Youth eligible for the program come from low-income families and face barriers to economic self-sufficiency such as deficiencies in basic literacy skills, no high school diploma or GED, a criminal record, are homeless or life as a foster child.

Services offered include: career coaching, occupational training, job search assistance, life management training, entrepreneurial skills and administrative skills. Comprehensive counseling and guidance is offered for at least 12 months by YouthWorks specialists. Occupational training leads to industry recognized credentials and employment in high growth occupations. Assistance with the GED exam is also offered.

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