Displaced workers can get fast training at SPC

PINELLAS COUNTY — When COVID-19 forced the closure of shops, restaurants, hotels, bars, and entertainment venues, many people found themselves without jobs. Though job loss is regrettable, St. Petersburg College’s Dean of Workforce Development Michael Ramsey says the downtime is a great time to earn some new credentials.

“Now is a great time for unemployed workers to earn new credentials,” Ramsey said. “We definitely want to do our part to help the community as they look to rebound.”

In response, the college has launched a new tool for people looking to earn credentials that will land them a job in a short amount of time – as little as 16 weeks, in some cases. The Get Job Ready at SPC webpage offers plenty of helpful information to get people on the path to a new career.

The webpage offers a list of in-demand occupations and training programs, some of which can be completed online. All of the programs will prepare students for work in fields such as technology, health and business, including the following:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Accounting Technology Operations
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
  • Medical Coding
  • Computer Programming Specialist
  • Public Safety Telecommunication
  • Digital Media/Multimedia
  • Cybersecurity

Visitors to the Get Job Ready at SPC page can also find information about SPC, tuition and term dates. Using current labor market data, the page offers a list of job titles, employment, and salary information, along with the necessary short-term training and certificates needed to land those jobs. They can even apply and register for classes directly from the site.

Ramsey also notes that there are many financial aid opportunities right now, both through the college or the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. But the first stop is the Job Ready page.

“There is a ton of information, resources, and skill development opportunities for anyone looking to upskill or reskill,” Ramsey said.

For more information, visit now.spc.edu/jobready.

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