Able-Disabled Advocacy (A-DA) is recruiting now for Computer Support Specialist Pre-Apprenticeship training. Classes begin once each quarter. Those interested in attending an orientation should apply immediately, as we have orientations filling up quickly. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you already have one or more of the certifications or have recent IT experience, we can look to get you started on a track that best fits your level of experience. We are located in City Heights, San Diego. To apply: http://www.able2work.org/signup/
Able-Disabled Advocacy’s (A-DA’s) IT Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a training, certification and employment program that is designed for individuals who have identified their passion for technology and desire to pursue an IT career. Students learn basic technical support skills and attain IT certifications that are demanded by local employers, all at little or no cost. With A-DA’s $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the training is free and the cost of the exams for two certifications will be paid by the program. During the 8-month program, students attain their CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications while attending classes two days each week. This full-time program is demanding; 20 hours of study each week is expected. Stu-dents are required to pass their certification exams by the exam due dates in order to complete the program on schedule.
Pre-Apprenticeships Offer a Pathway to A-DA’s Apprenticeship Program Pre-apprenticeship training is not paid. Students will need a source of income that will allow them to complete the entire Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The program includes career counseling, interview and resume preparation, and job search tips. This training will prepare pre-apprentices to enter A-DA’s IT Registered Apprenticeship Program. A-DA staff will work directly with pre-apprentices to identify employment opportunities that will fulfill the requirements of A-DA’s Computer Support Specialist apprenticeships. Pre-Apprentices will apply for jobs with staff assistance and once hired, they will be placed into A-DA’s Computer Support Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program. Apprenticeships are a “learn while you earn” model; apprentices learn while working On-the-Job in the IT industry with guidance from a committed employer. To further improve skills, the technical training continues during the apprenticeship, with apprentices continuing to work on attaining the Windows 7 certifications. Apprentices can build a successful IT career without incurring student debt. This alternative to college provides a pathway to be successful in high-skilled, high-paying jobs that are in demand. To begin the application process, complete the Program Interest Form on A-DA’s website at http://www.able2work.org/signup/. See the Computer Support Specialist Pre-Apprenticeship Training Free Classroom Training for CompTIA A+/Network+/Security+ Certifications
Application Process: Candidates must complete several steps in order to complete the application process for pre-apprenticeship training.
This is a competitive process. We have more applicants than available seats. Each applicant will receive a score based on exam results and interview scores to create a ranking. Priority will be given to Veterans, women and individuals with disabilities.
Orientations: At the orientation you will learn all of the de-tails about the Pre-Apprenticeship Program. If you are interested, you will be asked to stay to complete your testing assessments—reading, math and PC skills test. Plan to spend three hours to complete every-thing. Call John Gentile at (619) two three one-5990, ext. 309 or email john "at" able2work.org if you have questions. Your questions about the program will be answered at the orientation.
Able-Disabled Advocacy’s Pathways2Paychecks Program has received 100% program funding or $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative to develop 300 apprenticeships in San Diego.
Requirements for A-DA’s DOL Apprenticeship Program Minimum Age: 21 Education: A High School diploma or GED is required. We encourage applicants to attend postsecondary education prior to apprenticeship application; how-ever, it is not required. Proof of education must be submitted. Education and work experience will be evaluated; apprentices can receive credit for previous education and work experience. Background Check: Apprentices must be able to pass a drug screen and background check. Experience: Experience is not required to begin the pre-apprenticeship training; however, A-DA encourages candidates to obtain hands on experience by volunteering to improve their application assessment score. A-DA can offer suggestions on how to get this work experience. Note that applicants who enter the program with some experience may score higher on the testing and interviews. This is a competitive opportunity.
Contact John Gentile, Business Services Manager at (619) two three one-5990 extension 309 or john "at" able2work.org if you have questions.
1st step: Complete the Program Interest Form on A-DA’s website: http://www.able2work.org/signup/.