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10/13/2020 Member News

SPC partners with Florida Department of Education for new workforce education initiative

St. Petersburg College is excited to join forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs. Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in Pinellas County and to all Floridians statewide.

“SPC’s short-term training programs provide students with the opportunity to advance their career,” SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams said. “Our partnership with the Department of Education ensures the needs of the workforce are met and our local residents are thriving.”

In as little as a few weeks, students can fast track their future by earning a credential in a high-wage, in-demand industry. The college’s Job Training web page offers plenty of helpful information that will get people on the path to a new career.

Get There accelerates student success, preparing them for their future and ensuring a talented workforce,” said Kathy Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida College System. “With 28 state colleges and 48 technical colleges and centers spanning the state, there is a program for everyone. Whether you’ve recently experienced job loss, graduated high school or are simply looking for a career change or opportunity to stack your credentials into a degree – we want to help you Get There.”


At SPC, students can enroll in an in-demand, high-quality workforce program and quickly gain critical skills needed in Pinellas County’s essential and emerging industries. Programs include:

  • Accounting Technology Operations Certificate
  • Certified Production Technician
  • Community Health Worker Certificate
  • Computer Programming Specialist Certificate
  • Water Quality Technician Certificate

“Career and technical education matters more than ever,” said Henry Mack, Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education. “Get There raises awareness about CTE and helps everyone envision the power of a workforce training opportunity for professional and personal wellbeing. By connecting students to a high value credentials at our state colleges, we will be sure to reach our goal of becoming #1 in workforce education by 2030.”

Career and technical education, often referred to as “CTE,” serves as a critical component in preparing individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Program offerings are organized into 17 career paths and are geared toward middle school, high school, district technical school, and Florida College System students throughout the state. 

SPC also works closely with industry leaders to ensure our graduates gain the skills they need - through training as well as apprenticeship and internship opportunities - to quickly enter the workforce.

For more information about SPC’s programs, visit Learn about the state initiative at