the american dream academy
a great new opportunity for palm beach county
learn career skills. secure in-demand jobs. earn a livable wage.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is partnering with the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream to help promote The American Dream Academy.
The Academy is a new tuition-free, six-month online program designed to help adults gain the skills needed to pursue in-demand jobs or continue their education.
Learners can receive professional certificates for sought-after jobs such as data analysis, IT support, cybersecurity, project management, sales operations, and digital marketing.
Courses are also pre-approved for college credit.
CLICK HERE for a one-page information sheet about the Academy.
THIS IS An EXCLUSIVE, limited OPPORTUNITY FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY RESIDENTS.
Don't wait! Registration began on May 1, 2022, and is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click the button below to register and start learning!
18 or older (there is no upper limit)
Resident of the United States with a valid, government-issued ID
High school diploma or equivalent
Dedicated to continuing your education or seeking a new job
Committed to spending approximately 5 to 10 hours a week for the six-month program
The Professional Certificates offered by The American Dream Academy are designed to prepare learners to pursue an in-demand career and require no previous experience.
Users are required to complete one of them. They include:
IBM Cybersecurity Analyst
Meta: Facebook Social Media Marketing
Google Data Analytics
Google IT Support
Google Project Management
Salesforce Sales Development Representative
Salesforce Sales Operations
Refer to the Certificate Pathways chart to read information about each certificate, including the skills you will learn, the entry-level jobs each one prepares you for, and the average salary and number of open positions for jobs in each area.
Certificate Pathways Chart
the need in palm beach county
In Palm Beach County, 12% of 552,286 households live in poverty and 34% earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but less than the basic cost of living, also referred to as ALICE households (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).
Some cities within the county have even higher percentages of households below the ALICE threshold (Belle Glade 83%, Lake Worth 61%, West Palm Beach 61%)
The unemployment rate in Palm Beach County is 5.6%. Florida's minimum wage is $10.00 per hour.
A single adult with one dependent in child care would need to make $52,152 a year, or $26.08 an hour to earn enough to cover the bare minimum cost to live and work in the modern economy.
This includes housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, technology, and taxes. It does NOT include savings for emergencies or future goals such as continued education or retirement.
Source: 2020 Florida United for Alice Report
why it matters
Individuals with post-secondary degrees and certifications are more likely to participate in the workforce and earn higher wages than their counterparts who lack post-secondary credentials.
They are also more likely to access safer housing, healthier food and better medical care.
The cost of food, gas, rent and other basic necessities continues to increase, meaning individuals will need to earn higher wages to make ends meet.
For more information and Frequently Asked Questions visit theamericandreamacademy.org.