Using Unemployment Resources for Certifications
I find myself on unemployment for the second time this year. First from the auto industry, then from a short term stop at a defense contractor that got outbid (badly) and didn't win the contract.
I see Michigan is providing up to $10,000 to unemployed workers for job retraining, tuition or certification. I would like to take advantage of this if I could. I'll be heading over to Michigan Works today to see what I might be able to get into.
I already have a BS and AS degree, so no desire to go for the tuition. I also have the CQMgr, CQE, and CQA (although I let them lapse a few years ago). I never jumped on the Six Sigma bandwagon since I think my ASQ certs along with background more than equal a black belt. I also never had someone willing to pay for it, and I didn't see the value in paying for it myself. Now I see it is knocking me out of the running for some jobs as they won't consider someone without the right color belt.
Are there any programs out there that could get me the status in a month or two for under $5000 (annual max for the program)? Something through Michigan colleges might be easier to sell to the state. I'm not looking for a "print your cert off the internet for $5" type of thing. Something reputable that can maybe work with past experience???
The other areas I'm weak in are medical and food quality, so I'm debating about trying to find something to beef up those areas on my resume. I'm also going to look at the Project Management Professional certification too.
Thanks for any ideas.