OTI CASAC Scholarships for Low-Income Students

The Outreach Training Institute, with locations in Richmond Hill, Queens and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is offering qualifying New York City students committed to careers in the substance abuse field scholarship and job placement assistance through its Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training program.

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.
The OTI training program will provide the following:
  • 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.
OTI, a not-for-profit organization, provides and advocates quality drug and alcohol abuse care. Since 1980, it has provided substance abuse treatment and training services in the New York City area, with emphasis on residential and outpatient programs for teens, intensive daytime treatment for women/women with children, adult outpatient treatment services, and professional training for addiction treatment careers. OTI offers care and treatment to nearly 2,000 individuals and families a year, with about 300 students participating in training activities.

For more information about scholarships, please visit http://opiny.org/outreach-training-institute, call (718) 847-9233, ext. 2382, or visit www.opiny.org.

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