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National Job Training Programs

Explore recommended programs that will start training you for a job right away

Accelerate Your Journey

Interested in jumping into a career quickly? Job Training Programs offer a wide selection of career opportunities – too many for us to list – which can prepare you for the workforce quickly and effectively, and help you find that first job!
Check out these nationwide job training programs, the different services they provide, and how to apply if you are interested.

National Job Training Program:

Year Up is a one-year or less, job training program that provides young adults with in-classroom skill development, access to internships and/or job placement services, and personalized coaching and mentorship.

Program Benefits: 

Year Up students receive a stipend throughout the program to support basic expenses, college credit at some locations, and access to a nationwide alumni network. Over the course of the program, students also learn business and communication skills, interviewing and networking skills, and resume building.

Campus are located in Austin, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and more.

Find the right program for you and apply here.

Program Examples:

  • Banking
  • Customer Success
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Helpdesk Support
  • Application Development

Merit America offers flexible online training in four different tech fields with specializations in each. Part-time programs range from 14 to 22 weeks, allowing students to learn at a pace that fits their schedule.

Program Benefits:

Merit America learners receive one-on-one career coaching and a network of peer support throughout their program. Students also have access to a dedicated job success team to aid in their job search post-completion. There’s no upfront cost, and students only start paying three months after completing or exiting the program.


Find the program that’s right for you and apply to kickstart a tech career with Merit America.

Program Examples:

  • IT Support
  • Java Development
  • Data Analytics
  • UX Design
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