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Funding Sources  

Workforce Education provides short-term certification training, many of which are included on the local Targeted Occupation List. Dependent on your situation, you may be eligible for funding. Contact the funders below to determine the eligibility requirements. Please note our courses are typically not eligible for Financial Aid/Pell Grant. In addition, Payment Plans may be available for eligible programs

If you need further assistance to navigate the available funding opportunities, or want to learn more about our programs, please contact us at or 727-341-4445

Click on any of the below program titles for more information.


CareerSource Pinellas

CareerSource Pinellas is here to help you chart a course for success. Receive personalized career consultation,  academic advancement, job opportunities and more with our team of career counselors, dedicated to helping every job-seeker find a career that meets their individual needs and talents.

Through a strong network of industry and educational partnerships, CareerSource Pinellas offers a wealth of resources for career seekers, including internships, training and certification courses, registered apprenticeships, and job placement services.

Interested in applying? Please follow the steps below: 

  At the end of the application process, you will receive additional instructions from a CareerSource Counselor.

Want to check your eligibility ahead of time?  Use this WIOA Eligibility Cheat Sheet.

Open Door Scholarship
Through the Open Door Grant Program, you can complete short-term training for high-demand jobs in as little as six weeks.  This opportunity is available to eligible current and future students and awards up to $3,000 in financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, exams, and books for a select group of programs that lead to industry certifications.  You must be a Florida resident and complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible, among other qualifications.

Interested in applying? Please follow the steps below: 


At the end of the application process, you will receive additional instructions from a CareerSource Counselor to check if you qualify for WIOA funding to use in conjunction with Open Door Scholarship Funds.

First Step Scholarship
The First Step Scholarship will target residents in the South St. Petersburg, FL area who desire to take the first step with starting a new career pathway in their desired industry.  The programs chosen by SPC Workforce Education for the First Step Scholarship are connected to employment opportunities, which have been identified as leading to mid/high wage employment in an in-demand industry.  Eligible programs include: Google Career Professional Certificates Online, CompTIA A+/Network+/Security+ (Cybersecurity), Amazon AWS Cloud Computing, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Patient Care Tech (PCT), Phlebotomy Tech, Entrepreneurship Essentials, and the Certified Financial Planner Program.

Want more information?  Contact us at:

Grow Smarter Scholarship

Pinellas residents working in the service, retail, and hospitality areas whose jobs have been impacted or lost due to COVID-19. Recipients will receive a scholarship for full tuition, books and materials related to the selected training of their choice in the following areas: Specialized Manufacturing, Financial Services, Data Analytics, and Creative Arts & Design. This scholarship will be instrumental in starting a career pathway of success and stability for St. Petersburg residents.

St. Pete Works

Pinellas residents residing in the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) will receive full tuition, books and materials for theshort-term training of their choice in the following areas: Specialized Manufacturing, Financial Services, Data Analytics,Marine & Life Sciences, and Creative Arts & Design. This opportunity will be instrumental in helping CRA residents start a career pathway of success and stability. For additional information, please contact 727-302-6746 or

My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program (MyCAA)

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program (MyCAA) is a workforce initiative for spouses of active-duty service members developed by the Department of Defense's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. It provides up to $4,000 in funding to pursue career training or certifications that are portable and can move with you across multiple moving stations.

Providing Instruction for Tomorrow's Collegians and Hires (PITCH)

This joint program between the City of St. Petersburg and SPC offers free high quality educational, career and character development training for African-American males between 18-24 who live in St. Petersburg. You can earn a certificate in arts, business, health care, public safety, social and human services or technology that will help you get a job through the PITCH program. For additional information, please email

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.