Regional Economic Development Center at Yavapai College offering industry-recognized, career-oriented certifications, TUITION-FREE

Regional Economic Development Center at Yavapai College offering industry-recognized, career-oriented certifications, TUITION-FREE

The Regional Economic Development Center (REDC) at Yavapai College is offering a wide range of certificates and support programs through its QUEST grant, tuition-free.

The REDC has secured funding to support qualified learners for needs related to travel, technology, childcare, tuition assistance, stipends for internships, and removing other barriers for dislocated workers.

Arizona received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The grant is part of the DOL’s QUEST Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) program, and it was awarded to the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) in partnership with six Arizona community colleges, including Yavapai College. Arizona’s statewide QUEST efforts will form a direct pipeline for workers in the industries of Healthcare, Information Technology (IT), and Manufacturing.

The REDC has pathways for qualified individuals to:

  • Take advantage of wraparound student support to make the process of earning certifications more attainable.
  • Earn industry-recognized certifications through Yavapai College.
  • Earn industry-recognized certifications through Coursera.

The grant is applicable to those who are:

  • Temporarily or permanently laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic disaster.
  • Underemployed with earnings under $50,000/year.
  • Considered dislocated workers as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Section 3(15).
  • Veteran or family member (spouse or dependent).
  • Currently seeking employment.

The courses are meant to certify and support learners seeking on-demand careers in a variety of fields, including 3D Printing, Accounting, Admin Professional, Assisted Living Caregiver, Automotive, Bookkeeping, Business Office, CDL, CNT, Computer Applications Specialist, Cyber Specialist, Cyber Tech, Diesel Tech, Electric Utility Tech, Electrical Instrumentation Tech, Electronics, EMT, Graphic Design, IMM, Integrated Systems Engineering, Legal Office Clerk, Legal Paraprofessional, Management, Media Production, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Records, Microsoft Office, Nurse Asst, Paramedicine, Phlebotomy, Programming, Welding, Windows Server Admin, and Licensed Practical Nursing.

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The REDC at Yavapai College is a resource center dedicated to building strong communities and increasing opportunities for residents through economic development.

Yavapai College operates six campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County and offers over 100 degrees and certificates, a baccalaureate degree, student and community services, and cultural events and activities.

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