Funding up to $10,000 Provides Retraining Options for the Unemployed - Return to School and Pay Nothing Out of Pocket

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Individuals collecting unemployment can utilize funds available through California's Workforce Investment Act for training in high-demand career fields at a select number of eligible providers, such as Allied Vocational Rehabilitation School. This little-known benefit may go largely unnoticed by today's unemployed workers, many of whom are struggling to re-join the workforce.

Individuals that are unemployed or even those that are injured or disabled might not realize that they are entitled to career training through vocational rehabilitation

Laguna Hills CA -March 26, 2009 -Individuals collecting unemployment can utilize funds available through California's Workforce Investment Act for training in high-demand career fields at a select number of eligible providers, such as Allied Vocational Rehabilitation School. This little-known benefit may go largely unnoticed by today's unemployed workers, many of whom are struggling to re-join the workforce.

Vocational rehabilitation can provide up to $10,000 in career training benefits for those on unemployment or SSI, injured workers, disabled individuals, and veterans who are disabled due to service-related injuries. "Individuals that are unemployed or even those that are injured or disabled might not realize that they are entitled to career training through vocational rehabilitation," said Steve Rathje, president of Allied Schools. "Training individuals in second careers can open doors that would usually not be available to them. It can take a tough situation and turn it into a positive with career training that leads to new opportunities."

Prospective students should asses the commitment of the school when choosing a vocational rehabilitation provider. Selecting a school that assists students from start to finish, including matching the student with the right career skills; provides consistent guidance throughout training; and demonstrates a high level of participation with the student's state-assigned academic counselor are important factors to consider. A helpful checklist to use when searching for a voc rehab school includes determining if the school:

  •     Provides information on career options
  •     Helps students set career goals
  •     Checks on the students' progress
  •     Provides support and encouragement
  •     Offers job assistance
  •     Maintains open communication with the state-assigned academic counselor

On Track Personal Service (OTPS), available at Allied, partners students with an Allied Academic Advisor. Through this unique collaboration, students are given the tools to successfully complete their programs in a timely manner, with regular phone calls and personalized support. State Academic Counselors are also informed of the student's progress through weekly reports. Another benefit from Allied is the Job Assistance Network (JANET) which provides students with the skills to conduct a successful job search - from writing an effective resume and cover letter to conducting a successful interview.

"At Allied, we take a team approach to education and partner with students to reach a common goal," said Rathje. "We know how essential it is that these individuals return to the workplace. Quality career training is our first priority - we want to provide all of the resources necessary to get them back to work in careers that will prove rewarding and successful."

Most services, including enrolling in a distance education vocational rehabilitation school, will be provided to unemployed workers through the "One-Stop" system - training, education and employment services available in one convenient location - where eligible people use their individual training accounts to determine the training program and provider that best fits their needs. These accounts are established to finance the training of their choice. There are separate requirements for initial eligibility and subsequently maintaining eligibility to receive funds - individuals should contact a "One-Stop" career center or vocational rehabilitation school for assistance with the type and amount of their benefits.

Enrolling in a distance education school can give students all of the benefits of a traditional school with the convenience of learning at home. Online courses put career training within reach and enables students to study anytime in a comfortable setting. Students get retrained and back to work with a learning system that works for them. There are no barriers to their education - it's a flexible and convenient way to prepare for a second career.

About Allied Schools
Allied Schools, Inc., established in 1992, is the nationwide leader when it comes to distance education. It has provided quality instruction to more than 825,000 students in the last 15 years. Students can enroll in a high school diploma program, or further their career with 20 career training courses in the areas of real estate, medical and business. Online and traditional home study courses offer students with a quick and convenient way to learn.

To learn more about Allied Schools, please visit http://www.alliedvocrehab.com or call
(888) 925-4283 to speak with an Admissions Representative.

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