Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

The Top Skills Companies Need Most in 2020

Whatever your goals are, learning these skills can help you stand out for that next opportunity

Soft Skills

+ Innovation

+ Creativity

+ Persuasion

+ Collaboration

+ Adaptability

+ Strategic Thinking


Hard Skills

+ Prototyping

+ Analytical Reasoning

+ Sales

+ Business Analysis & Modeling

+ System Mapping

+ Research Analytics

We are excited to introduce….

Jump Start Your Brain

Job Accelerator Course

with blue belt certification  

The Jump Start Your Brain Job Accelerator course helps you reinvent your professional self to stand out by giving you the most sought-after skills of 2020 AND earning you an industry-recognized certification.


Gain the Skills to



+ Recognize Innovation

+ Maximize Your Creativity

+ Collaboration

+ Strategic Thinking for Innovation




+ Persuasive Writing

+ Communicating with Numbers

+ Selling with Meaningful Marketing

+ System Mapping





+ Faster Prototyping

+ Systems for Problem Solving

+ Business Analysis & Modeling

+ Research Analytics


Meet Your Instructors

Maggie Pfeifer

VP of Education, Innovation Engineering Institute

Innovation Engineering Black Belt

Brad Hall

Education Brand Manager, Innovation Engineering Institute

Innovation Engineering Black Belt
Masters, Educational Administration

Together they have trained over a thousand students in person, online and at universities.


Course information

People truly learn innovation the best through applying their learnings to real world problems. Our certification involves online classes and application that you can present in interviews to promote your skills! 

Level:  Introductory Innovation Training 

Experience Required:  None. You’ll be paired with a Master in Innovation Engineering who will guide you through the process and provide guidance. 

Recommended forthose entering or re-entering the job market, or looking for a career change

Content Category:  

Research • Technology Development • Prototyping • Financial Modeling • Data-Driven Decisions • Agile Project Management • System Mapping • Innovation • Intra/Entrepreneurship


Unlike other business courses that are based on a few personal experiences or third-person research, this course is grounded in front-line innovation work and hard data from the world’s largest database (25,000+) on what drives success and failure. The data is so reliable that the curriculum, called Innovation Engineering, is recognized as a new field of academic study with undergraduate and graduate degrees offered at colleges and universities.

World leaders in business and innovation who’ve used these methods include: Walt Disney, Nike, Pepsi-Cola, American Express, Procter & Gamble, US Department of Commerce and thousands of others.

This course is brought to you by the Innovation Engineering Institute – a partnership between the Eureka! Ranch and the University of Maine.


What others are saying about this course

At the end of the course, each person submits a final reflection which includes a mindful review of the experience and what they really took away.  Below are some of these responses: 

First of all, it is probably one of the most challenging course I’ve ever taken online and it has been the most rewarding.

Secondly, Brad has given me such insightful comments on how I can improve my assignments that it has made the challenges even more worthwhile.

I wish you could see the smile on my face. This is because going through this process made me think differently and that is what I need to do in order to grow my business.

Overall what has changed the most for me is that I regularly think of how I can make things better or I’ll try to come up with a new idea for something that already exists.

This course didn’t just change the way I look at my work, but it changed the way I literally look at everything around me.

I have really enjoyed the course and I am changing how I think and tackle new problems on a daily basis. The initial payment that I made is a small investment for a lifetime of more efficient thinking and problem solving.

I have embraced and studied project based learning and design thinking. This course has so many useful aspects that will enhance and complement PBL and the design thinking process already in place at our school.

My biggest take away from this course is that in order to innovate, you are going to fail. It’s part of the process to doing something better. It demystified the word innovation itself.

I learned that paper airplanes did bring out the kid in me. Heck, I stayed later at work just to do this experiment.

My kids and I need to go back to paper airplane school. Our first few designs didn’t get over 6 feet. With a little research we started getting good distances and they had fun working on this with me as my “team”.

I must say I had a love-hate relationship with this course. I realize that the hate part came into play whenever I was pushed outside my comfort zone. Those were the most powerful moments for me.


Q. How long does it take to complete?
You have 6 months to complete the course to get your certification. On average, the course takes approximately 20-25 hours of work to complete.

Q. What are the course requirements?
There are no pre-requirements for the course. There is no minimum level of education or experience required. The course does require access to the internet and device (phone, tablet or computer)

Q. How do I know if I qualify for tuition funding?
If you are unemployed or underemployed most states have a program to cover 100% of your tuition thanks to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Each state’s process for qualifying varies. Innovation Engineering Blue Belt Certification is on the pre-approved list in Ohio and Kentucky. If you live in another state, just let us know and we’ll work through getting the course approved in your state as well.

If you are employed in Ohio, your company can apply for funding through Ohio’s TechCred program. Innovation Engineering Blue Belt Certification is an approved credential. Most companies get a rebate covering 66% of the tuition.

In all cases, completing the certification is required.

Q. Is this a recognized certification?
Yes. An Innovation Engineering Blue Belt Certification is an industry-recognized credential in innovation. It is issued by the Innovation Engineering Institute.

Q. Will I actually get a promotion / better job because of this course?
Most people say that this certification made their resume stand out versus others. Some graduates report that the first interview question they’re often asked about is the certification – which gave them a great opportunity to talk about their skills but also the applied work they did in the course itself becomes proof that they have skills that they actually use.

do you Have questions? contact our team today.