Program offers free training and courses for Pinellas County residents

Eligible students will receive a voucher for up to $15,000 in funding assistance to help cover tuition costs, books and supplies.

ST. PETERSBURG — Thanks to St. Petersburg College and CareerSource Pinellas partnership, eligible Pinellas County residents can earn a tuition-free credential at SPC.

Career Source Pinellas recently approved up to $1.2 million toward training vouchers that allow eligible residents aged 18 and older to attend SPC programs aligned with targeted occupations. Eligible students will receive a voucher for up to $15,000 in funding assistance to help cover tuition costs, books and supplies.

An upcoming webinar hosted by SPC will offer details about programs and eligibility.

“This program aligns perfectly with SPC’s mission to change the lives of individuals, their families and the entire community through education. It also reinforces our commitment to strengthening the Tampa Bay area’s workforce pipeline,” said Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College. “We are proud and honored to be a part of this partnership with CareerSource Pinellas.”

CareerSource Pinellas has aligned funding with more than 80 programs at SPC in the areas of:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Building Arts
  • Health Sciences and Veterinary Technology
  • Public Safety
  • Public Policy and Legal Studies
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioral Science/Human Services
  • Technology

Assistance is offered through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This federal program helps individuals become self-sufficient by providing funding for short-term training and education, as well as support services and job placement assistance.

“The partnership between CareerSource Pinellas and St. Petersburg College is one of our community’s strongest driving forces for workforce development,” said Steven Meier, Interim CEO of CareerSource Pinellas. “Our team is committed to ensuring local businesses have access to the talent they need to grow our local economy while Pinellas County residents can pursue their career goals.”

Residents who wish to learn more can attend an upcoming virtual information session, Spring Into Enrollment: How to Pay for College, on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. To register, visit

The webinar will explain the criteria for eligibility, discuss the educational opportunities for eligible participants and answer any questions attendees may have.

Anyone unable to attend the information session can still learn more about the program by contacting 727-524-4344 or

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