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Workforce Training Academy






 
 

Workforce Training Academy

Offered through Metropolitan Community College’s Workforce Innovation Division, participants in MCC’s Workforce Training Academy program can receive high-quality, focused education and training that result in portable credentials for students seeking employment or job upgrades in a variety of skill areas.

What is GAP Assistance?

This program was made possible through recent legislation and provides need-based tuition assistance for approved short-term training programs for in-demand occupations. Since noncredit programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, this program is designed to bridge the funding gap for individuals who meet program and income guidelines to complete short-term training programs.

Are you eligible?

The GAP Assistance program is based on financial need. Eligible participants must provide proof of gross family income, which cannot be over the 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (see chart below). However, it is important to note that meeting the financial criteria alone does not guarantee funding from the GAP Assistance program. In addition to meeting the financial criteria, applicants must also demonstrate the capacity to achieve the program outcomes:

  • Ability to complete the certificate and earn the credential.

  • Ability to enter full-time employment.
  • Ability to retain full-time employment over time.
  • Likelihood of completion.

A variety of factors are considered when determining likelihood of completion including potential barriers to success, soft skills and employability.

You must be a Nebraska resident and eligible to work in the United States.

What programs are approved?

The following short-term, high-demand career training programs are approved for Gap Assistance: (click on the certificate title to learn more about the coursework)

What is covered?

You may be eligible for partial or total assistance for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Exam fees
  • Fees
  • Equipment 
What is the process?
  • Research your career choice and submit your application materials
  • Review and discuss your training request with the gap program coordinator.
  • A review committee will evaluate your materials and determine your approval for the program.
Once selected and enrolled, each approved participant is expected to:
  • Maintain regular contact with program staff to document progress toward goals.
  • Discuss issues impacting the ability to complete training, obtain and maintain employment.
  • Attend class regularly.
  • Provide a copy of the certificate of completion.
  • Meet with program staff to develop a job search plan.
  • Provide employment and job retention information as needed.
How do I apply?

GAP Tuition Income Chart

 
2016 Income Guidelines
250 percent Federal Poverty Level
Effective Jan. 25, 2016
Family size 250 percent poverty guidelines
1

$29,700 or less

2

$40,050 or less

3

$50,400 or less

4

$60,750 or less

5

$71,100 or less

6

$81,450 or less

7

$91,825 or less

8

$102,225 or less