The H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Program is intended to raise the technical skill levels of American workers so they can obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries and occupations. Over time, these education and training programs will help businesses reduce their use of skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis under the H-1B visa program. This grant program is designed to provide education, training and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H1B visas to hire foreign workers and the related activities necessary to support such training. PVJOBS is working with West Los Angeles College to keep our local jobs for our local workforce.*
Trainees will attend classes at West Los Angeles College in Culver City for three days per week, six hours a day in an intensive training regimen. Instruction can last 1-6 months depending on the number of certifications obtained. After acquiring necessary certifications, PVJOBS assists in finding employment. There is no cost for training and placement assistance to eligible participants.
This program is not for entry-level individuals. This opportunity is for individuals who possess experience in the Information and Telecommunication Technology Industry and have existing career paths including, but not limited to the following:
Qualifying applicants may receive:
- Enrollment fee waivers
- Free training toward IT industry certifications/credentials (e.g.: CCNA; MCTS/MCITP; Security +; VCPS; and ASP.NET)
- Discounted certification exam fees and job placement assistance
Who is eligible?
- Long-Term Unemployed (more than 26 weeks unemployed, who are actively looking for work and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Letter of Award/Denial/Exhaustion from EDD)
- Veterans (DD-214, Active Duty Military with better than dishonorable discharge, or active duty service of more than 180 days)
- Minorities and women
- Unemployed (less than 26 weeks unemployed, who are actively looking for work and Unemployment Insurance Benefits Letter of Award/Denial/Exhaustion from EDD)
- Underemployed (still drawing income at reduced hours/part-time work, or in an occupation that does not match skill and educational levels)
General Application Requirements:
- Photo ID, Drivers License or Passport
- Social Security Card
- Registered with Selective Service (Females Exempt)
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits Letter (Award, Denial or Exhaustion)
- Documented IT experience (employer verification letter, degree, certification, etc.)
- Access to a Computer with Internet Connection
- Must be prepared to complete accelerated training program
Veteran Application Requirements:
DD-214 and meet one of the following criteria:
- If the individual is a person who served in the active U.S. military for a period of less than or equal to 180 days, and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable.
- If the individual served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released with other than dishonorable discharge; or was discharged or released because of a service connected disability; or as a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty pursuant to section 167 (a), (d), or (g), 673 (a) of Title 10,U.S.C., served on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge.
How to Apply to the Program:
The application steps for the program are:
- Eligibility (Possible Recruit)
- Initial Assessment (Pass = Recruit)
- Application & Motivational Essay (Potential Candidate)
- Interview (Pass = Candidate)
- Selection (Potential Participant)
- West Los Angeles College Assessment (Pass = Participant)
- Complete Class(es)
- Earn Certification(s) - The minimum requirement is to earn one certification with your job placement
- Receive Job Placement Assistance
Call Gale Gilliam at 323.432.3974 to schedule an assessment and resume review to begin the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Program Process.
H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Program Flyer [PDF: 1.01MB]