FAQ's

Criteria for entry

An ideal Tech2Work™ candidate is self-motivated and has a desire to increase his or her skills in the IT field. Candidates demonstrate reading comprehension and applied math skills at or above a standard 9th grade level (an assessment will help us analyze this). A standard diploma is not required but current IC3 clients with this benchmark have excelled with the rigorous content. Students demonstrate the ability to regulate their behavior with minimal directions and are committed to employment after course completion.

Deadlines

  • March 1, 2021 – Applications reviewed for the 2021-22 academic year
  • March 2021 – Students are interviewed and screening assessments occur (students with a regular diploma are exempt from these requirements)
  • April 2021 – Students are notified of acceptance into Tech2Work™. Students must contact the coordinator to indicate commitment to attending the program within 15 days of receiving an acceptance letter. At this time, we will review options for tuition payment
  • April-May 2021 – Invoicing for program tuition sent and must be received before June 1, 2021

Tuition and payment types accepted

Tech2Work™ will work with each prospective client and families to create a financial plan to make our program accessible. Components of our program can be funded by Career Source, MedWaiver, Gardiner Scholarship, Florida Pre-Paid, and/or private pay. Many families may combine funding sources to cover tuition.

Who is served?

Individuals 18 years and older with a diagnosis of a lifelong or acquired disability living in the state of Florida with the desire to be employed in the field of IT and meet admission criteria.

Where are classes held?

In our current climate, Tech2Work™ courses are set to be offered in a hybrid model, both online and in person, only if it is safe and precautions for a healthy environment are available. This will be monitored and guidance will be provided by both MacDonald Training Center and the University of South Florida.

What kind of equipment will a student need?

Students who work remotely will need access to a computer with a microphone (a webcam would be helpful), internet, and Office Suite 2016 or 365/2019. We will work with students to loan the equipment if needed.

What is involved in the certification process and what happens if you don’t pass?

IC3 is made up of 3 components and examinations; retakes are allowed. If any student needs remedial training, we will create an individual course plan to make that possible. If a student is not successful with all 3 IC3 components, even after additional training and retakes, then the Tech2Work™ team will meet with the student and discuss next steps.

Who will help with job placement and supports after course completion?

The Learning Academy Services and MacDonald Training Center are VR approved employment vendors and can offer job placement services with a skilled team of employment specialists after students have completed their certifications.


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