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Do You Qualify For Financial Help? You Might!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

A lot of our students come through the program with help from one of the many sources of financial aid. Since Associated Training Services (ATS) is accredited, our heavy equipment operator training is eligible for a number of programs, but you won’t know what will work for you until you contact our Financial Assistance service and talk to us.

High school achievement scholarships are available through us — just ask. Career Loans can be applied to training school tuition, rent, and other living expenses. Military benefits programs recognize ATS so you can use any of the GI Bills, TAP, or state military programs to get trained and start a new career. Vets get hiring preference, so a trained vet has the best chance out there to land a job.

If you are on unemployment, you could qualify for a state or federal grant. In fact, there’s a lot of state and federal programs that we work with: Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Department of Workforce Development, Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), Displaced Workers, Displaced Farmers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Tribal Education (BIA) and Veterans Benefits (VA) are all on the list.

One of the best things about using financial aid to get heavy equipment operator training is the fact that you have so many job opportunities once you graduate. You get trained on a lot of different kinds of equipment, too, so you are going to be very valuable as a skilled professional. Talk to Financial Assistance and see what you qualify for, and what kind of a debt load you will graduate with. Then take a look at the job site and see what kind of a wage you can expect. We bet you will see the real possibility that you can pay off school quickly and have a good, solid career ahead of you.

3 Reasons Why Housing Is Part Of The Program

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Associated Training Services offers housing assistance as part of the financial help you can get when you come to our heavy equipment and crane operator training programs. We have been in the business long enough to know that it’s a good idea to stay near your classes while you go through the program. Here’s why:

  1. You will be learning a lot of new information and it will take some time, possibly even some evening re-reading of the material, to get it firmly in your head. Staying nearby in a comfortable, safe room gives you the down time you need to process your classes and get ready for the next day.
  2. Many of our students come from other parts of the country and will need a place to stay in any case. Even the students who live close find that it helps to stay at school instead of commute. Why spend all that money on gas and a random motel room?
  3. We have established housing with the Water Tower Residence Inn, just a few miles from the school. It is a short walk to restaurants, stores, and local attractions. The rooms have cable TV, air conditioning, and small refrigerators for your favorite snacks. There’s also access to laundry facilities and a game room/social area where you can connect with fellow students. 

Because we believe available housing will help you get the most out of training, we make housing assistance part of the financial aid we offer. We will reserve a room for you at the Water Tower Residence Inn for the length of your training. Ask about it when you call us and get ready for a solid future career in heavy equipment and crane operation.

Your Training Financial Aid Options

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

If you’ve been contemplating heavy equipment training, truck driver training, or crane operator training and you’re wondering how you’re going to pay for the training, then you might look into financial aid to help you pay for it. The important thing is that you get your career off the ground seamlessly and without obstacles.

When it comes to financial aid for career training, there are different levels of assistance you may qualify for.

  • There are quite a few state and federal grants, which amounts to free money that you don’t have to pay back.
  • You might also qualify for an educational scholarship.
  • If all else fails, you can take out a career loan.

Concerning grants, you could qualify for several types of grants from a variety of organizations. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federal program enacted by President Bill Clinton while in office. It is designed to provide funding for educational purposes for people pursuing certain types of careers.

Other financial assistance programs include:

  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Trade Adjustment Act (TAA)
  • Displaced Workers
  • Displaced Farmers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Tribal Education (BIA
  • Veterans Benefits (VA)

Don’t let lack of education funds hold you up on your career plans. If you need money for training, seek out financial aid from one of the programs for which you might qualify.

Money Should Not Be An Obstacle To A Heavy Equipment Operator Career

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Is money stopping you from changing careers? It is one of the main reasons that people stick out their current careers even though they hate every day they go to work. Money shouldn’t be an obstacle to a new career, and at Associated Training Services, we don’t believe it should stop you from seriously considering a career as a heavy equipment operator.

Training to become a heavy equipment operator is not free. There are training costs involved, and sometimes, ancillary costs such as travel and/or accommodation. We minimize these costs as much as possible, including the cost of local accommodation. By staying close to our training school, you will also save on travel costs.

You will still have an upfront cost that must be paid prior to your training commencing. We have tried to alleviate this problem by providing a financial assistance service. If you qualify for a career loan, for example, your training, and many of those ancillary costs, are covered. As an alternative, you may be eligible for funding through various government programs, including those designed to help current and former military personnel and their families.

Money should not stop you from undertaking training to become a heavy equipment operator. If it has in the past, come and talk to us, or fill in our online application for financial assistance. If granted, you will have made that all-important first step to a new and challenging career as a heavy equipment operator. Our financial assistance service is also available to those looking to train to become truck drivers or crane operators.

Heavy Equipment Operator Training – Removing The Cost Barrier

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

One of the frustrations that confront millions of people around the nation is the cost of training to either start a career, or to change careers. Training isn’t free unless you can hook into a government sponsored training program. In some rare situations, employers will sponsor those undertaking training, however, that often comes at a price, for example, agreeing to pay for the training if they don’t employ you, or agreeing to pay for the training if you leave your job before a certain time period has elapsed. So how do you undertake training for a career when money is tight?

There are a number of solutions. Some people are eligible for government funding, especially those who have served in the military. You could save – however, that is difficult these days. ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training Schools tries to remove some of the financial hurdles that face many people. We have several financial assistance processes that prospective students can access, all offering the opportunity to train now.

It is also helpful to undertake a cost-benefit analysis. Training to become a heavy equipment operator can be completed in as little as three weeks. This means you could be working in your new career in weeks, not months or years. Heavy equipment operators earn a good income, especially as you gain experience. This increase in income will pay for your training quite quickly making the cost of your training a good investment – certainly higher than the interest rates currently on offer for savings.

Cost should never be a barrier to a new career so we do everything possible to help remove that barrier. If you are considering a career as a heavy equipment operator (or as a crane operator or truck driver), then talk to us. We may be able to help you find solutions that could have you training in next to no time – and with our career service assistance, into a new job.

ATS Heavy Equipment School Is Offering November Discounts!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

America’s heavy equipment school is offering a special discount on financial assistance or a possible $500 discount for those enrolled in the November 14th class. For those individuals that are not enrolled in the November 14th class, don’t worry you will still have time to do so. You can fill out an enrollment application online or give one of our representatives a call at (800) 383-7364 and they will gladly do an application over the phone with you. This offer will end on November 15th so you must hurry to take advantage of ATS November discounts.

Assessing The Real Cost Of Heavy Equipment Training

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Undertaking a training program to commence a new career is always a costly process. Some training programs are more costly that others, especially if you take into account the real costs of training. You could decide you wanted to become a doctor, but we all know that takes years of dedicated study and your income potential during that time is minimal – yet you still have to live. Even shorter training programs lasting only six to twelve months come with hidden costs. Your limited ability to earn during this time while still maintaining your normal life can be difficult. Is heavy equipment training the same?

The reality is a definite no! Unlike many other training programs, learning to operate heavy equipment can be achieved in as little as three weeks. On completion, you are ready for entry level employment in the industry as a heavy equipment operator – effectively, you are getting a return on your training investment very quickly. If you compare the wages of heavy equipment operators to many other careers, you will find that not only are you getting a quick return on your investment, your investment in heavy equipment training will be repaid quite quickly.

Since heavy equipment training is such a short program, you are not committing to a long period of learning with little in the way of income. You are also not struggling to find casual evening work to maintain you for six or twelve months (or more depending on the training). Heavy equipment training is short, sharp, and focused on developing skills in all the areas necessary to become a successful operator.

If you undertake your training through ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools, we can help you arrange finance for your training, deliver high quality and well respected training, and provide a wide range of assistance to help you find that first job. If you assess the real costs of heavy equipment training, you’ll find they are far lower than many other training programs – and the reward is a great career once you have completed that training.

Housing Assistance For Heavy Equipment Training Students

Friday, July 15th, 2011

There are a lot of factors to consider when undertaking training for a new career. There’s the matter of funding to pay for your training, the loss of income while attending training, and for some students, finding accommodation as well. Fortunately, ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools have thought of these problems and we have solutions to help students overcome them.

When it comes to funding your training, we have some sound advice on this blog (see posts on financial aid here) and on our website. You can even apply for financial assistance online through us. When it comes to loss of income, we have developed our training programs in such a way that students can be trained and ready for employment in the shortest time possible.

Housing assistance is always the difficult option. Do you stay at home and travel each day, or do you try and find accommodation closer to the training school? With gas prices the way they are, travel can be expensive, not to mention a time-hogging option. ATS have resolved that problem as well. For students wishing to train at our Sun Prairie training school, we can arrange finance at the local Water Tower Inn. This is a very comfortable establishment that is only four miles from the training school, and withing easy walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores and shopping centers. We even offer financial assistance to help cover the costs of your accommodation.

With your accommodation taken care of, you can start to concentrate on the more important issues – studying to become a heavy equipment operator – and we’ll be there all the way with you.

Heavy Equipment Training Through GI Bill And Veterans Assistance

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Current and former members of the military can access a range of benefits to help them undertake heavy equipment training for a new career. There are several restrictions on the type of training that can be undertaken. For example, the training organization must be approved to deliver these services.

When you served and for how long you served will also affect the level of benefits available. In some situations, you are also able to transfer benefits to a direct family member. The types of benefits available include:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – There are a number of eligibility criteria for this bill and you are better off talking to a VA vocational counselor as to your eligibility.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Provides assistance for training and housing. You can transfer some of your entitlements to dependents.
  • VetSuccess Program – Rehabilitation and employment program for veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • Survivors & Dependents Assistance – Provides education or training assistance to spouses and their children following the death of their partner whilst on active service.
  • Active Duty Personnel – May be eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools are approved for the use of Veterans Educational Benefits. You will need to check with the respective government departments to see whether or not you are eligible for any assistance under these programs. You may also be eligible for state-based military education benefits so check with your state’s web site for more information.

Heavy equipment operations are a perfect opportunity for those who have been in military service. The camaraderie that operators have with each other has been likened to the military as has the need to work with precision. Former service personnel also find that continuing to work outdoors a lot more satisfying than trying to adapt to an inside job. If life as a heavy equipment operator appeals to you, and your have been involved in the military in some capacity, then you may be eligible for assistance to help you with your training.

Financing Options For Heavy Equipment Training

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Career moves often come with the expense of training and this is often a stumbling block for many people. It shouldn’t be since there are so many different financing options open to people these days. Heavy equipment training prepares individuals for careers operating heavy equipment, most often in the construction industry. This industry offers good wages, often with the opportunity to work extra hours and so boosts a pay packet.

Heavy equipment training has one major benefit compared to many other career choices – your training is a relatively short three-week program. This means you could be working in your new career within a month of commencing training. That’s a quick turn around when compared to many other career choices, some of which take six to twelve months of training (or much longer) with much higher costs for training (not to mention living expenses for that period).

If you are considering a career change, and heavy equipment operations is one option on your list, consider these avenues for financing your heavy equipment training:

  • Career Loans – There are many banks that offer their customers career loans. With a quick turn around from training to working, you will be surprised at how receptive these banks are to granting a career loan.
  • USA Finance – You can make a down payment on your training and have USA Finance pay the rest. The size of your down payment will depend on how much USA Finance are prepared to lend.
  • State and Federal Grants – There are a lot of state and federal grants available. Your eligibility will depend on your circumstances or that of your families. The families of service personnel often have access to a range of training benefits.
  • ATS Options – You can apply online through our finance application process. We have a number of financing options that may be accessible to potential students.

All finance applications do need to meet standard lending criteria to include credit checks and credit scores. If your credit is not at its best, then consider applying with a co-signer whose credit is in good order. Who knows, you could develop a new well-paid career while helping to rebuild your own credit history – a win-win in the long run.

There are many options for financing training – if you are really struggling, then talk to one of our admissions personnel. They may have a few ideas you haven’t tried yet. A career as a heavy equipment operator is certainly worth the effort.

* Associated Training Services fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.

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