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Training and Financial Aid

Training and Financial Aid Resources

In this section you'll find training resources covering everything from certification courses to college degrees, apprenticeships and online training programs, as well as financial aid resources including scholarships, loans, and financial aid calculators.

Training Resources

American Association of Community Colleges: Community College Finder - On this Web site you can search for community colleges in your area, or around the United States.

CareerBuilder Institute.com - CareerBuilder Institute, a divisioin of CareerBuilder.com, is an exciting and innovative one stop resource for all who seek to develop a higher level of marketability in today's workforce. By creating and developing dynamic and fun online courses, CareerBuilder Institute gives its' users the definitive resource to increase their marketability and existing jobs skills. Their online courses are carefully designed by leading industry specialists to be effective, innovative, adaptive and entertaining.

Career Explorer - On this site you will find lists of degree programs and a directory of online training programs. In addition they have financial aid information including descriptions of FAFSA, scholarships, loans and military aid. They also offer a free career aptitude test to determine your skills and interest.

Career Transiton Center (CTC) - The Career Transition Center (CTC) provides training, counseling, job leads, and other assistance to U.S. citizen employees of the Department of State and other federal foreign affairs agencies who are leaving USG service.

Certification Directory - This certification directory allows you to search for certifications by keyword, certification name, certifying organization, occupation, or industry. Provided by Career One Stop.

CollegeSurfing.com - CollegeSurfing.com allows visitors to research, find, and request information from more than 900 educational institutions and 3,500 campuses offering thousands of degree and certificate programs. Browse by zip code and career interest to find the best possible college for you.

DSST: Get College Credit Program - If experience is the world's greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit. The nationally recognized DSST Program allows you to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom perhaps from reading, on-the-job training, or independent study. DSSTs offer students a cost effective, time saving way to use their knowledge acquired outside of the classroom to accomplish their educational goals.

Educational Programs Directory - Locate educational programs and the institutions that offer them in this directory. Search by occupation, institution name, instructional program title, or keyword. Provided by Career One Stop.

Idealist.org Graduate School Fairs - Idealist has launched a series of Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good where potential applicants can meet with representatives from graduate programs. These fairs are free for those seeking to attend school. Each event will offer a set of workshops that will outline the various degrees, clarify the financial aid and application process, and assist participants in transitioning back to school.

U.S. Department of Labor, Registered Apprenticeship Program - If you are an individual looking for an Apprenticeship opportunity, this Web site offers a wide range of information to help you decide if Registered Apprenticeship is the right choice for you. Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship Programs include immediate pay, hands on career training, national industry certification, and a step up towards a fulltime career. The Registered Apprenticeship program offers access to 1,000 career areas.

Workforce Investment Act Eligible Training Providers - Search for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Eligible Training Providers by State including short-term training facilities, technical colleges, community colleges, and universities. Provided by Career One Stop.

Financial Aid Resources

California Student Aid Commission - This is a good general information Web site.

The College Board - On this site you will find a financial calculator where you can calculate your expected family contribution.

Fastweb - This site has an excellent scholarship search engine. You can get your own mailbox so you can check for updates daily.

The Federal Money Retriever - From this site you can download software that will allow you to search through all federal grants. Fee based.

FinAid: The SmartStudent™ Guide to Financial Aid - General information listed here.

The Free Scholarship Search Service - This site has been created in response to scholarship search scams. Home of FreSch!

Federal Student Aid: FAFSA Online - On this site you can fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine the dollar amount you or your family will be expected to contribute towards college. Follow each section all of the way through for a comprehensive set of instructions.

Sallie Mae - Sallie Mae helps families save for college through 529 college savings plans, high-yield savings accounts and CDs, and through its Upromise savings program. Sallie Mae also offers private student loans with a variety of repayment plans. On this their site also find planning tools and resources to assist students, parents, and guidance professionals with the financial aid process.