CareerCatchers New Training Starting January 2021
Free for CareerCatchers clients
- Intermediate Word: January 19th, 2021 to February 9th, 2021. Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:30am
- Introduction to QuickBooks: January 20th, 2021 to February 17th, 2021. Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm
- Principles of Bookkeeping: January 21st, 2021 to February 25th, 2021. Thursdays, 10:30am-11:30am
***Space is limited, please sign up soon. Please register by January 15th, 2021. Please click here for more information
CareerCatchers Individualized Tutoring and Assistance
Through our volunteer network, we offer personalized tutoring to CareerCatchers’ clients who want to take workforce development classes. Our career counselors can help identify classes for you to take and then we work to find volunteers who can help you succeed. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
CareerCatchers Empowerment Workshop
CareerCatchers holds an Empowerment Workshop on Tuesdays, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. We understand that this is a very stressful time for everyone with many unforeseen challenges arising as a result of COVID-19. We wanted to create a safe group environment where we can discuss these challenges and come up with strategies for dealing with them. Please register on Zoom to join if you are interested.
CareerCatchers Weekly Job Club
Join our Virtual Job Club, Wednesdays, at 11:00AM. It is open to the community. Please register on Zoom. Since COVID-19 restrictions started,18 clients who have attended our events found employment.
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City of Gaithersburg Vocational Grants
CareerCatchers has a grant through The City of Gaithersburg to provide vocational scholarships to qualified City of Gaithersburg residents who wish to complete training and educational courses that will result in a certification and better jobs. The program runs through 6/30/2021. Please contact your career coach or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
Eligibility Criteria for Grant Recipients:
– Must be a resident of the City of Gaithersburg
– Must be experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19
– Household income must not exceed 65% of HUD Area Median Income guidelines
– Proof of lawful permanent residency
Training and Scholarships Opportunities
FREE Virtual Culinary/Food Safety for English Language Learners
February 1, 2021-March 26, 2021
Class is limited to 10 students
Text or call: 301-876-4419
Montgomery College Institutional Grants and Scholarships
In the spirit of making higher education affordable and accessible to all, Montgomery College offers the following institutional grants and scholarships here.
Dual Enrollment Earn College Credit in High School
A MC academic initiative that allows qualified high school students to be admitted and enrolled at Montgomery College,
taking credit courses while earning their high school diploma.
Spring 2021 The Office of Montgomery College Community Engagement Scholarships: all applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, January 22, 2021.
Free Training Tutorials & Video for IT Courses.
Free specialized certification training courses for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.
An online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100,000 courses and 24 million students.
More free online training resources
County School Board Delays Reopening Schools Until March
The Montgomery County Board of Education voted to delay students’ return to buildings until at least March 15. If schools begin reopening on March 15, students would have about three months of in-person classes before the end of the academic year on June 16. The school board will meet again in January and February to review COVID-19 metrics. A decision about a March 15 reopening will be made by February 23. More.
$1 Billion Emergency Stimulus and Tax Relief Package Introduced
Governor Hogan introduced an emergency legislative package designed to provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct stimulus payments for low-to-moderate income Maryland residents, with benefits of up to $750 for families, and $450 for individuals.
The RELIEF Act, introduced as emergency legislation, will take effect immediately upon enactment. A summary of the bill is available here.
Maryland Legal Aid provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals from 12 office locations. Our legal work helps to protect peoples’ basic needs and human rights.
Treasury and IRS Begin Delivering Second Round of Economic Impact Payments to Millions of Americans
- Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child.
- Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced.
You may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if
You did not register online, by mail and did not get a payment in 2020. You received a payment, but it wasn’t the full amount of the Economic Impact Payment.
More information, eligibility, and payment status
County Administering COVID-19 Vaccines at One of the Highest Rates in the State
The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has taken on various dimensions around the nation over the past few weeks as the first steps to combat the health crisis created by the virus are moving forward. Although Montgomery County is anxiously awaiting allocation of more vaccines, it has taken swift steps to administer the first vaccines it has received. Details on the County’s distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, including the list of priority groups, can be found at the County’s Vaccine page.
More Than $154 Million Available to Help Marylanders With Energy and Utility Bills
The state of Maryland has more than $154 million in energy assistance funds for residents to help residents cover current and past-due heating, electric, and gas utility bills. The assistance is offered through the following programs: Maryland Energy Assistance Program, Electric Universal Service Program, and Electric and Gas Retirement Assistance Programs.
Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act Unemployment Insurance Programs
On December 27, the federal COVID-19 relief package, called the “Continued Assistance for Unemployment Workers Act” that extends the CARES Act programs and provides additional federal unemployment benefits, was signed into law. View flyer and more information here.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing Clinics
Testing is free. If you have insurance, we will ask for your information, but there are no co-pays or deductibles. We do not require a government ID or a doctor’s order. More information here.
Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form. Complete the form and within 24 hours, you will get a return phone call in the language of your choice from a trained resource specialist. No personal identifying information is needed to get help. For help with getting food, please call the Food Access Call Center at 311.
Housing Match Program
Beginning December 1, 2020, the goal is to successfully identify and match renters who are seeking affordable housing options with homeowners who have attractive and safe spare bedrooms in their homes, or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their property, to rent long-term. The homeowners must live in the home full time to participate. For more information, please call HIP: 301-85-SHARE (301-857-4273).
For home owners and home seekers
“Be strong; things will get better. It might be stormy now, but rain doesn’t last forever.”
Montgomery County’s virtual series “Wellness Community Events: Healing and Holding On” will be every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. Watch here.
Limit blue light before bed. If you’re checking texts and email right up until lights out, you’re setting yourself up for a lousy night of sleep — and not necessarily because you’re stressing about work. The blue light emitted by your tech devices sends signals to your brain that inhibit the production of melatonin, a chemical that makes you feel drowsy. Put away your phone and laptop an hour before bed to help your night be a restful one.
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