An Indianapolis organization is offering free career training and high school equivalency testing for Marion County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington Township Adult Education is offering free online and in-person job-skills training for a variety of industries, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The program will also allow Marion County residents to take the high school equivalency test for free, instead of the usual $115 fee.
The program is possible due to $1 million in funding from EmployIndy, a non-profit organization that administers federal, state, local and private funds to support workforce development initiatives.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has hit those with only a high school diploma or less the hardest,” said Angela Carr Klitzsch, president and CEO of EmployIndy. “This program will help those individuals by providing training in much-needed career sectors, as well as allow employers to have access to a greater pool of talent.”
The program provides training for dental assistant, certified clinical medical assistant, pharmacy tech, construction, appliance repair, electrical wiring, IT security specialist, IT network tech, welding, commercial driver’s license and more.
Besides job training, the program also provides English classes, citizenship exam preparation and adult basic education classes.
The maximum benefits will be available to students who enroll by Nov. 15.