Citizens For A Better Norwood

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

X.U. hosting sessions to help adults access free training funds

Ohio and Kentucky professionals who have been displaced from their jobs or are at imminent risk of losing their jobs may be eligible for government-funded professional training to help them prepare for their next position or a new career. The Xavier Leadership Center (XLC), part of Xavier University’s focus on adult training and leadership development, has created a process to help these professionals get the training and professional credentials they need. The XLC is hosting free and open Information Sessions on July 9, 14 and 17 to explain more about the program and help local professionals begin the application process.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides more than $73 million in retraining funds for Ohio and Kentucky workers,1” said Bruce Miller, managing partner of the XLC. “The money is being allocated quickly, though, and local professionals interested in getting free certifications in their current field or retraining to enter a new field, need to apply for these funds as soon as they can.”

In addition to helping professionals through the application process, the XLC offers several certificate programs that respond to the current economic crisis and qualify for Ohio economic stimulus funding. For qualified participants, 100% of the registration fee is covered by economic stimulus funds, with participant materials and examination fees often included.

For adult Ohio and Kentucky residents, this means flexible training accounts for employed workers at imminent risk of losing their jobs or for displaced professionals who require training or certification to find new jobs. The XLC programs culminate in the required industry-recognized certifications or credentials in demand-driven occupations and can be completed within the requisite two-year time period.

Qualified XLC programs include:
  • Project Management Certificate Program and PMP Exam Review
  • Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belt Certificates
  • Senior HR Certificate Program
  • Global Supply Chain and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Exam Prep
  • Business Management Certificate Program
  • Certified Financial Planner

Many of these programs are available as open enrollment programs at Xavier or can be offered for groups of ten or more employees at employer locations or in the local business community. The Xavier Leadership Center has already successfully offered several of these programs using economic stimulus funds for employed workers at risk of layoff and displaced workers at DHL/ABX Air in Wilmington, OH2.

The Xavier Leadership Center is hosting the following Information Sessions to provide local professionals with more information about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and eligible courses:

Information Sessions:
July 9: Cintas Center, Xavier University, 7-9 pm
July 14: Deerfield Campus, 2nd Floor (4770 Duke Dr., Mason, OH 45040), 7-9 pm
July 17: Deerfield Campus, 2nd Floor, 11 am-1 pm

For more information or to register for a free Information Session, contact Sue Bensman at, via phone: (513) 745-3396 or toll free: 1-800-982-2673.

For individuals or companies seeking to bring ARRA-eligible training on-site for groups of ten or more employees, contact Bruce Miller, Managing Partner, at, or via phone: (513) 745-3230.

1 Stimulus Funds Available for Workforce Programs, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, April 17, 2009., and