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Training & Education Scholarships

Workforce Solutions scholarships support training for some of the region's high-skill, high-growth occupations.  If you're interested in pursuing training, Workforce Solutions can help you determine what you want to study, how to pay for it and where you might go for assistance.

Why Get Training?

The reason to get job training is to prepare for an occupation that employers need and that pays well. Two Workforce Solutions products, available online at no cost to you, can help you make sure the education or training you want to pursue will really help you get a good job:

  • The Industry and Occupation Profiles and Career Exploration pages on this website will help you identify the best job opportunities in the Gulf Coast region, now and in the future. Profiles also list schools in the Gulf Coast region that offer courses for each of the targeted occupations.

How Will You Pay for Education & Training?

Once you know which career you want to pursue, Workforce Solutions staff will help you figure out how to pay for any training or education you might need. We can help you complete a budget, determine your eligibility and help you apply for different types of financial aid.

You can check out a variety of resources and websites below.

  • Pell Grants - Pell Grants are federal grants that don't have to be repaid. They are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. How much you get will depend not only on your financial resources, but also on your cost of attendance, whether you're a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. You may receive only one Pell Grant in an award year, and you may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time. Visit https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to learn more or to complete an application.

  • Veteran funding – The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) connects Texas veterans to higher education and technical training opportunities. Veterans may qualify for funding through the GI Bill and/or Hazlewood Act. Customers can visit https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/ to learn more or apply for benefits.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding – Customers with disabilities may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services to obtain, retain or advance employment. VR Counselors work with customers to develop a plan that includes funding options when education and training is needed to secure employment. Customers can connect with Vocational Rehabilitation by visiting https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/vocational-rehabilitation-services or a Workforce Solutions career office.

  • State funding – Customers may also qualify for state grants and scholarships that don’t have to be repaid. Most grants are awarded based on financial need but may also require students to maintain a certain grade point average or take specific courses. A list of state grants and scholarships as well as qualifying criteria, can be found at www.collegeforalltexans.com.

  • Online Learning resources – Workforce Solutions offers free online tools to provide individuals looking for work with learning opportunities that are accessible anywhere, anytime. Classes are self-paced and can lead to professional certificates and/or industry-recognized credentials. Workforce Solutions partners with Metrix to extend these opportunities to our customers. We encourage you to visit https://www.wrksolutions.com/for-individuals/online-learning for more information.

  • Workforce Solutions Scholarships – Workforce Solutions scholarships support training for some of the region's high-skill, high-growth occupations. If you are interested in one of these careers, we can contribute to a financial aid package to help you pay for school. Individuals who receive training and education scholarship support from Workforce Solutions must use a training provider and program on the statewide Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and in our Training Provider Network.

What Is the Training Provider Network?

The Workforce Solutions Education and Training Provider Network is a group of organizations approved to provide various educational and training services to our customers. Career and education institutions must complete the application process to be listed on the statewide ETPL by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Once the school and program are approved, Workforce Solutions screens them to be added to the Training Provider Network. Services provided by career and education institutions are grouped into three categories: Basic SkillsCareer Training and Career Advancement Training.

Basic Skills include adult basic education classes, English as a Second Language instruction, job readiness and general computer literacy training (ex: Microsoft Office Products). If you need to brush up on your basic skills, learn English, or prepare for high school equivalency (GED), there are several programs in the community available at no charge. Our career office staff can help you find one. Workforce Solutions can also pay for GED testing.

Career Training refers to courses or programs that prepare you for a specific occupation. Workforce Solutions provides support for occupations in the Gulf Coast region’s targeted industries. Courses may lead to certificates, associate degrees, and/or bachelor's degrees. Examples include Registered Nursing, Welding and Petroleum Engineers.

Career Advancement Training consists of short-duration courses or seminars to help you gain additional skills and/or advance within your occupation. Career advancement may include testing/assessment to demonstrate competency and may also include training to allow an individual to transition existing skills from one occupation or industry to another. Examples of career advancement training include SAP training, additional welding training (MIG, TIG, Fluxcore, etc.), and Network + training.

Training Provider Report Card

Workforce Solutions provides scholarships for customers who want and need training in a wide array of high-skill, high-growth occupations. This report presents performance data for the different providers our customers used to obtain training.

How Do You Qualify?

  • You must be a resident of the Gulf Coast region
  • You must complete our Financial Aid Application and provide proof of eligibility
  • You must meet eligibility requirements including age, family income level, work status, etc. and provide supporting documents (see Common Documents below)

Occasionally, Workforce Solutions has a registry for some forms of financial aid. After you complete the application, we can discuss your specific eligibility.

Common Information & Documents

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or ability to work in the United States

  • Selective Service registration for males born on or after January 1, 1960
  • Proof of income for all working household members, including name, address, and phone number of the employer, work hours/days, rate and schedule of pay

  • Proof of household income received from other sources such as Child Support, SSI, etc.

  • Proof of layoff (such as a letter from your employer) and/or unemployment insurance benefit documents

  • Proof of your current school hours and registration that includes documentation of your degree plan (if pursuing one) and your credit/clock hours if you are going to school

For a complete list of acceptable documentation, click here.

To Apply

To submit your scholarship application, Click here. You will need to follow the prompts in the online database to submit your application. You can review this desk aid for assistance with navigating the online process. 

 If you are unable to submit your financial aid application online, contact your local career office to speak with a Workforce Solutions professional for assistance.

NOTE: If you're interested in one-time or short-term assistance, please visit one of our offices first - there's no need to complete the online application.

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