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Start a new career with certification training at St. Pete College

Depending on what career path you want to take, you could be ready to begin work sometime in March.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According to the Department of Labor, about 650,000 Floridians are still looking for work. 

Many who worked in the hospitality business may not be working yet or are hesitant to go back because of the coronavirus. But there are opportunities out there for new, sustainable careers. Careers in information technology, health care, public safety and manufacturing.

St. Petersburg College is starting its new semester this week and depending on what track you want to take, you could be ready to start a new job by March. A job that could be the start of an advancing career. Take manufacturing for instance. 

"That certification that you can get in just 10 weeks translates into 15 college credits towards that engineering technology degree," Dr. Jason Krupp, director of Career Connections at St. Petersburg College said. "That's one of the best values we have at the college as far as short term training that can translate into a career pathway or long term career success in the engineering and manufacturing industry."

Dr. Jason Krupp is the Director of Career Connections at St. Petersburg College. He says right now there are at least 250 job openings at local companies if you have the right qualifications. And they have partnerships with all kinds of businesses that can also help you get that job.  

They just started a new partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, which needs corrections officers right away.  

"They are going to be offering sponsorships for people to go through correctional officer training, so there would be no cost other than going through the background check process," Dr. Krupp said. "They can get paid while they're in training to be correctional officers."  

That particular program starts next month. Click here for more information on that.

As far as the other certification classes, they are pretty affordable starting at $250. But they realize many people still need financial help so they do have scholarships available. Also, if you go through Career Source Pinellas and meet the qualifications, they can help as well. Click here to see all the options being offered by St. Petersburg college.

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