WRIG Retraining Grant


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​The Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI)

The Nebraska Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI) is a collaborative effort between Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC), Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Nebraska Department of Labor to assist individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus. 

Unemployed or underemployed individuals are eligible to apply for tuition scholarships to enroll in select short course trainings and course offerings that lead to high wage, high skill, and high demand careers. Program participants must attest to their current employment situation and provide sufficient documentation of how their employment was impacted by COVID-19. Scholarship funding is further contingent on agreement of participants to successfully complete their program of choice including associated work-based learning opportunities, engage in provided career coaching sessions, respond to a participant survey following program completion, and work with representatives from the Nebraska Department of Labor to determine eligibility for additional programs and to secure improved employment following program completion. 

WRI trainings and short course offerings are a mix of credit and non-credit and can be selected individually or combined to personalize training opportunities and credentialing. Interested applicants should complete the online application and rank in order of preference up to three courses of interest. Program Specialists will assist applicants with determining personalization options and with registration of selected course or course packages. Only one scholarship, averaging $1,100 will be awarded per applicant and all registered courses must be completed by March 30, 2021.

For any questions or help applying, please contact:
Amy Sabatka, Area Career Placement Coordinator | 308-535-3619 | sabatkaa@mpcc.edu

Trainings and short courses offered through WRI include:

Program Title Program Description Certificate High Demand Job
Administrative AssistantLearn basic administrative assistance skills:  customer service, MS Office Basics, business math/calculators, basic computer skills.MPCC Certificate of CompletionOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant
Area Networking+This network+ certification is recognized as one of the very first certifications that prospective information technology (IT) professions should obtain after graduation. It validates general knowledge and skills. Industry Standard CertificateComputer Network System Administrators and Support Specialists
Automotive Basic Engine & Electrical CertificationLearn engine identification, design, and function of major components. Gain a basic understanding of electrical principles, circuits, batteries, systems, and controls. Understand drill sizes, tap and dies, shop equipment maintenance and more.MPCC Certificate of CompletionTire Repair, Basic Automotive Services Technicians
Automotive Suspension & Alignment Repair CertificationPerform manual and power steering service procedures. Complete wheel balancing; brake system services and maintenance; wheel alignment maintenance and repair. Perform clutch, axel, drive shaft diagnosis and repair.
MPCC Certificate of CompletionTire Repair, Automotive Services Technicians
Basic Auto Body Certification

Learn basic MIG, Resistance, and Plastic welding for automotive collision repair. Receive practical in-class experience preparing and applying waterborne and solvent paints including paint booth/equipment maintenance. Learn how to properly and safely complete metal repair, straightening, filing, panel alignment, etc.

 

Basic Auto Body CertificationAutomotive Body Repair
Building Construction Framing & Exterior CertificationDesign a basic floor plan using CAD; emphasis on measurement, placement and arrangement of windows, doors, utilities, etc. Complete basic exterior project finishings (i.e.: windows, ventilations, roofing, etc.). Receive an introduction to residential framing, including costs, schedules, code compliance and more.MPCC Certificate of CompletionCarpenters, Construction Workers
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)Provides knowledge and essential skills to safely operate a Commercial Vehicle and adequately prepares individuals for taking the basic CDL written tests for class A and B. Areas covered include general knowledge, pre-trip inspections, air brakes, combination vehicles, and transporting cargo safely.Commercial Driver's License CertificationBus Driver, Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
CompTIA A+Prepares individuals for careers in Information Technology.  Content covers a broad diversity of knowledge required by technicians today and validates the skills needed to troubleshoot and problem solve issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.  Industry Standard CertificateComputer Network System Administrators and Support Specialists
Diesel Basic Engine & Electrical CertificationLearn engine identification, design, and function of major components. Gain a basic understanding of electrical principles, circuits, batteries, systems, and controls. Understand drill sizes, tap and dies, shop equipment maintenance and more.MPCC Certificate of CompletionBasic Farm Equipment Service Technicians, Agricultural Equipment Sales & Service
Diesel Power Train CertificationLearn repair of transmissions, axel assemblies, clutches, and drivelines; hydraulic troubleshooting and repair; diagnose and repair A/C and heater systems and repairs; soldering, brazing, gas welding, and cutting torches used; brake systems.
MPCC Certificate of CompletionBasic Farm Equipment Service Technicians, Agricultural Equipment Sales & Service
Forklift/Scissor Lift/Telehandler/Skid SteerProvides instruction and training on legal and safe operation and maintenance of forklift, scissor lift, telehandler and skid steer equipment.Occupations Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Compliant CertificationFreight, Stock, & Materials Movers
Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Furnace CertificationCheck and troubleshoot HVAC equipment; learn and troubleshoot wiring, motors, and controls; basic sheet metal work; understand gas and electric furnaces.
MPCC Certificate of CompletionBasic HVAC/R Service and Installation Technician
Medication AideLearn how to properly provide medication assistance to patients, manage a patient's supplies of mediations, and monitor a patient for signs of any adverse reactions to medication.MPCC Certificate of CompletionHome Health Care, Personal Care Aid
Microsoft Office 2019/Office 365 SuiteLearn the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PPT.MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist CertificateOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant
Microsoft Office 2019/Office 365 Value SuiteLearn the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PPT.MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist CertificateOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant
Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365 SuiteLearn to plan and create professional looking presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint software.MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist CertificateOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant, Graphic Designer
Microsoft Word 2019/Office 365 SuiteIntroduces students to Microsoft Word 2019 and teaches you how to use its advanced features.MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist CertificateOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant
Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 SuiteIntroduces students to Microsoft Excel 2019 and teaches you how to use its advanced features.MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist CertificateOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant
Nurse AideLearn how to assist the medical care team with a patient's daily activities, hygiene, and documenting/reporting significant observations to the nursing staff.Nebraska Certified Nurse AideHome Health Care, Personal Care Aid
Plumbing BasicsThis course focuses on the hands-on skills and basic plumbing knowledge. Upon successful completion of coursework, participants will be prepared to work under the guidance of a master plumber and take certificated exam. Plumbing Mastery CertificationPlumber, Pipefitter
QuickBooks ProLearn to use QuickBooks Pro to create invoices and track expenses and online payments, create payroll and more. MPCC Certificate of CompletionOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant, Accountant/Bookkeeper
Tile InstallationCertification provides recognized proof of basic tile installation abilities.  Certification is validation of the basic skills of those completing the course.MPCC Certificate of CompletionTile Setter
BUNDLE: Nurse Aide & Medical AideComplete both the Nurse Aide and Medical Aide trainingsMPCC Certificate of Completion & Nebraska Certified Nurse AideHome Health Care, Personal Care Aid
BUNDLE: Microsoft Office 2019/Office 365 Value Suite, QuickBooks Pro, Administrative AssistantComplete all three trainings: Microsoft Office 2019/Office 365 Value Suite, QuickBooks Pro, and Administrative Assistant.
MPCC Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate & MPCC Certificate of CompletionOffice Assistant, Legal Assistant, Accountant/Bookkeeper