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Employment & Training Programs

Looking to start a new career, reenter the workforce, or overcome a barrier to employment? OESC offers various programs to help job seekers along their journey, which also benefit employers.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a tax credit offered to employers as an incentive to hire individuals who are members of certain groups, which have traditionally faced significant barriers to employment. The credit is used to reduce the federal tax liability of private/for-profit employers.

Federal Bonding

Many employers carry insurance to protect themselves against employee theft or dishonesty. When such commercial insurance is denied because of an individual’s background, the employer often denies a job to that person. The Federal Bonding program fills this gap by offering fidelity bonding to employers who hire at-risk job applicants. This program is offered at no cost to job seekers or employers

Trade Adjustment Assistance

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs, or whose work hours are reduced, as a result of increased imports. Under this program, individuals may qualify to receive allowances for training, job search, and relocation if their company is certified as "Trade Impacted".

Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers

Monitor Advocates at the national, regional, and state level help to ensure services provided to migrant seasonal farm workers (MSFW) are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the services provided to other job seekers. This includes all workforce development services (e.g. career guidance, testing, training, job development/referral)., benefits, and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis 

Dislocated Workers - Energy Sector

Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) is a federal program which provides assistance to workers in certain industries who have lost their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of a loss, significant decline, or major structural change or reorganization. This program is available for energy sector (primarily oil and gas) workers in Oklahoma.

Additional Resources for Individuals Seeking New Career & Training Opportunities

Oklahomans who lost their job due to COVID-19 have the opportunity to enroll in free training to obtain CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. With the program, you will receive job placement support to help you re-enter the workforce in an in-demand job. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers.  IT pros who hold CompTIA A+ make, on average, $51,375. 

Skill Up offers free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality online training courses for 180 days. Click here for a 1-minute video overview of Skill Up. Upgrade your skills through the Metrix online learning platform and receive access to courses (presented in English and Spanish) including: Customer Service, Quick Books, Microsoft Office,  Adobe, Analytical Skills, Data Management/Reporting, Time Management, Leadership Skills, Health & Safety, First Aid, and many more skill tracks.

For a comprehensive list of job search, employment, and training resources, visit our Additional Resources page.