Are you unemployed and looking for a career change?
Have you been laid off or lost your job because it was
shipped overseas or outsourced?
Are you interested in obtaining a teacher certification?
Are you interested in a Federal Grant to pay for it?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you will be happy to learn that #T.E.A.C.H. is approved by Michigan Training Connect (MiTC)! Michigan Training Connect is the State’s official training provider list for unemployed individuals qualifying for an Individual Training Account (ITA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) funding.
The Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
This is a federally funded program that provides money for school and training for in demand and high paying careers. There are two components of the program, The Adult Component and The Dislocated Worker Component:
The Adult component is for workers that are low income.
The Dislocated Worker program is for people that are receiving unemployment compensation or have exhausted it.
The program generally pays up to $5,000 toward tuition! In addition to tuition assistance, the program also assists with support services including but not limited to testing fees, test preparation, books, boards, clothing related to training/employment, other equipment for training/employment and car repair.
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA)
Have you ever been laid off or lost your job because the work you did was shipped overseas or because of outsourcing? If so, you may be eligible for Federally-funded retraining assistance through TAA!
Since 1974, TAA benefits have been available to workers who are certified by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) as having lost work due to free trade agreements America has signed with other countries. This means that of your job went overseas, even if to another plant owned by your employer, you may be eligible for benefits designed to help offset your loss of employment.
Since 1974, over 1,200 Michigan employers have been certified. Once your employer is certified, your training benefits are a single-use lifetime entitlement. Additionally, you may be eligible for income support (the ‘Trade Readjustment Allowance’) after your Unemployment Insurance benefits expire, as long as you are making satisfactory progress in a Michigan Works! Approved program intended to result in your re-employment. Health insurance, relocation and other benefit options may also be available.
If you have or will lose your job due to imports or outsourcing in the near future, such as after your employer issues a WARN notice of impending mass layoff or plant closure, your company, union (if present), any three employees or the State of Michigan may file a petition for certification. The USDOL conducts an investigation, and if they determine that your layoff is connected to lost business due to imports or outsourcing, they can certify all workers, hourly and salaried, for TAA. This may even extend to supplier companies who lose business because a major customer is certified for TAA after job loss.
What does this mean to you? Paid training, along with possible income support, an option to obtain health insurance and a relocation allowance if you have to move to secure employment!
What if you’re already eligible for WIOA-funded training? You can blend both programs and use their benefits together by having TAA provide things WIOA may not cover – ‘wrap around services’ – to help you be successful in your schooling.
These are federal grants and students do not have to pay any of the money back!
If you are interested in receiving funding, please CLICK HERE to locate a Michigan Works One-Stop Service Center in your area or call 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) and ask to speak to their WIOA or TAA program coordinator to determine eligibility. Be sure to let the representative know that you are interested in T.E.A.C.H., LLC which is already an approved provider and listed on Michigan Talent Connect! The opportunity to reinvent yourself as a teacher through paid-for training may be only a phone call away!
You can also click the links below for more information:
CLICK HERE To Email #TEACH Staff to Learn More
CLICK HERE MiTC Frequently Asked Questions
CLICK HERE WIOA Info – Michigan Department of Labor
CLICK HERE WIOA Adult Program Overview
CLICK HERE To apply for unemployment online
CLICK HERE TAA Fact Sheet
CLICK HERE To determine if your employer is certified for TAA
CLICK HERE File a petition to get your employer certified for TAA
(Note: An employer, union, three individual workers or the State can file, and, if certified, the benefits are available to
all affected employees, at no cost to the employer.)