Students who are unemployed or earning less than $20,000 a year are eligible for grant-funded OTI scholarships. In addition to free tuition, OTI CASAC students receive career development and guidance, including resume-writing, vocational assistance, internship, and job placement.
OTI scholarships are intended for low-income and limited-education students, particularly those with a school or GED diploma. A history of unemployment, low-wage work, public assistance or previous disability are not a bar to eligibility.
So far, more than 2,000 low-income students have taken advantage of the chance to get high-quality CASAC training through OTI. Many have graduated and moved on to jobs as substance abuse counselors.
To qualify, scholarship applicants meet the following criteria:
- Annual income of $20,000 or less, both this year and last year, or documented unemployment during that period.
- Documentary proof of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Resident of one of New York City's five boroughs.
- Must take a TABE reading/writing exam and participate in an interview.
- Other additional requirements.
- 350 hours of classroom and hands-on training over tracks of 5- or 11- months, leading to fulfillment of all New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) required casework for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC).
- Student advisement on attendance and course-related matters and one-on-one meetings with students on at least a monthly basis.
- Ongoing Life Skills group counseling on finding and keeping a job.
- Comprehensive test prep for the State CASAC Exam, including: regular study group sessions facilitated by senior faculty, one-day test prep courses on test-taking and study skills.
- Internship and Job Placement Services and post-graduate follow-up assistance.
For more information about scholarships, please visit http://opiny.org/outreach-training-institute, call (718) 847-9233, ext. 2382, or visit www.opiny.org.