The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a federal workforce development legislation that funds training in high-demand occupations, including IT.
The Workforce Inventory of Education and Training (WIET) is an online list of approved training providers in the State of Ohio. Training providers on this list are eligible to receive WIOA funds to instruct participants interested in developing their careers in IT. Global Lynx is an approved provider in WIET.
WIET funding is granted directly to Ohio residents through Ohio Means Jobs.
Through WIOA funds, you can be awarded as much as $18,000* for developing your IT career with the training paths that Global Lynx has designed, based on high-demand occupations in the IT industry.
Available IT Career Paths:
Analyzes, troubleshoots and evaluates technology issues. This role may support internal clients, helping to keep employees productive, or external customers of a company, helping them via the telephone or webchat.
Works with IT leadership and management teams to promote and enforce the adoption of best practices across domains such as IT service management, information security, IT governance, risk and compliance, and more.
Coordinates project phases and schedules, arranges support services, orders supplies, and tracks the project’s progress. This role typically reports to a project manager and serves as a department liaison to product developers and marketing executives.
Works with software development and IT operations teams to promote the adoption of DevOps practices, applying organizational change management approaches and techniques and serving as a cultural transformation agent.
Analyzes a company’s current computer systems and designs upgrades to help the organization function more efficiently. This role is responsible for understanding the needs of an organization and its IT systems, researching new software and hardware solutions and evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing these new programs.
Develops and installs security systems to protect an organization’s computer and information systems. This role supports the IT security team by monitoring computer networks and reporting any security breaches that occur.
*The maximum amount awarded to each individual may vary depending on each local Ohio Means Jobs district office.
Download the PDF to see the details of the available IT career paths and to learn how to apply through your local Ohio Means Jobs office.
A: You need to talk to your local Ohio Means Jobs office. Criteria for qualifying for WIOA funding varies from one Ohio Means Jobs district office to another.
A: Typically, Ohio Means Jobs may fund a maximum of $7,500 a year per individual. Some counties have a limit of up to $18,000 a year per person. You need to talk to your local office to get the specific details.
A: The typical approval process can take anywhere from 2 to 7 weeks, but it may vary on a case-by-case basis.
A: Our courses are all live, online, and instructor-led, so a working computer with web cam and internet connection is required. Attendance is also required. Our courses will take place anywhere from 4-8 hours per day for up to two weeks, so time commitment is essential.
A: The certifications offered through the WIOA program are the most relevant ones being sought by organizations in the marketplace. Having one or more of these certifications can definitely help you find a new or a better job. We recommend that you do research in your area, as markets around the state can have higher demand.
A: Absolutely nothing. The WIOA program is fully funded by the Government. All you have to do is to take the class and do your best on it to get certified.
A: There are no formal requirements. However, we strongly recommend that you have a solid IT background. Extensive experience is not necessary.
A: Some foundational courses may help you get a better understanding of IT, but you might need more than that to start a career in IT coming from a different field. Some other courses are very technical and do require an IT background.
A: Unfortunately not. This program is for Ohio residents only.
A: As long as the cost of the career paths you wish to complete is within the budget you get approval for, you can. If the budget approved is not enough to cover the total cost, you can cover the difference to complete the paths you want.
A: Yes. We expect your commitment to responsibly attend the full course, spend time studying on your own and prepare for taking the certification exam.
A: The WIOA program covers only one exam attempt. If you fail your exam on the first try, you can take a subsequent attempt by covering the actual cost of the certification exam.
Global Lynx will refund the cost of any WIOA training program if the participant is not happy with the quality of the service provided, as long as written confirmation of cancellation is received no later than 2 days after the course started. A $500 administrative fee may be retained plus any costs already incurred on materials, exams, tuition, or any other asset already delivered to the participant.
Cancellations made by the participant due to personal conflicts, changing priorities or any other reasons not related to the quality of the service provided by Global Lynx will not be reimbursed.