Training Resources

Getting training is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. While you can learn the skills you need on-the-job for many occupations, training for other skills may be required for higher paying jobs.

WARNING: Before you move ahead with training, you may want to consider taking some self-assessments to find out if your interests, personality, and skills match what is needed for the type of work you're training for! We've included several under Career Exploration .

Whether you are preparing for, applying to, or wondering how to pay for or get through college, an excellent source of information is .

More information at Federal Student Aid Resources .

If you're looking for schools in Texas, you can find them at Community Colleges , or Universities

Financial Aid

If you're interested in going to school, don't let a lack of funds stop you! Check out some of the financial aid available.

Scholarship funds may come from a variety of sources, including local civic clubs, alumni groups, local and national businesses, and individuals. Most high schools and colleges have information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for local scholarship awards. Two internet sites are FinAid or College for All Texans .

Pell Grants
Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. (A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry.) For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. For more information Pell Grants . To apply on-line, go to Application

State Education Grants
Texas also awards grants based on need. Students must have completed a free financial aid Application

Student Loans
Various federal student loan programs are available. See Student Loans , Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment

Military/Veterans Benefits
General information - Military , or Veterans

To find approved training providers for veterans' programs, see Training Providers

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may provide training assistance and supportive services to eligible individuals for training that is in targeted occupations (see below). Eligibility rules apply; see your local workforce center .

WIOA restricts most training activities to providers that are on the Statewide Eligible Training Provider List. This statewide list of certified training providers includes all training programs that are currently approved by one or more Workforce Boards and certified by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Trade Adjustment Act
The Trade Adjustment Act provides reemployment services for individuals who lost their jobs due to foreign competition, and may provide training assistance and trade adjustment allowances for eligible individuals. Eligibility rules apply, see your local workforce center .

Tuition Exemptions
Texas Residents Tuition Exemptions and For Non-residents

Work Study
Jobs (usually on campus) that are offered by the college to help students pay for tuition or other college costs. Work Study jobs are awarded based on financial need.

Other U.S. Department of Education web sites that provide valuable financial aid information:

Online College Information
Options for Distance learning

Additional general information about training can be found at Training Providers and Programs , or at Proprietary Schools

Deep East Texas Demand Occupation Lists

We have completed a labor market analysis, and determined a list of Target Occupations and Demand Occupations .

On-the-Job Training

The Workforce Investment Act allows on-the-job training as a possible activity for eligible individuals. The activity allows businesses to hire individuals and train them for an occupation. See your local workforce center for more information.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an opportunity to learn basic work skills. It is a short-term placement and can be paid or unpaid. Paid work-experience candidates must qualify for WIOA (see above.)