Started going to school for Occupational Therapy assistant after being on unemployment for 8 months. After starting my pre reqs I took some tests at Worksource to see if they would pay for my school should I get accepted into the 2 yrs OT program. They told me they would once I got the acceptance letter. Since it is only Jan and I cant apply for the program till May, I am just taking more pre-reqs. I thought it was ok to be going to school part time while I was on unemployment but while talking to someone at the unemployment office about a problem with my claim, she told me my benefits would be suspended because I am supposed to be available from 8am-6pm for work. I told her I would change my classes to evening ones and she said that was fine but then reported me and my benefits have stopped. Right now my case is in “judication” and apparently I have to wait for them to contact me and then once they do (this can take up to a MONTH!! No money till then…) and then I have to prove I am not going to school during the day before they will reinstate my benefits. So basically going to school cuts off your money unless you are in a 2 yr program. 🙁
Care to share what state you are located in?
A&A is always the issue. It should be based on the type of job you did before and the hours available for someone in that “field” to work.
I think that most states are being very shortsighted nowadays when they stop benefits because someone is taking positive action that can help them get back to work .. given that there’s so few jobs to be had.
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