KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Using statistical data, Santa Fe College identifies the high-demand jobs in Alachua, Clay and Bradford County and offers certified learning programs for unemployed and …
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Using statistical data, Santa Fe College identifies the high-demand jobs in Alachua, Clay and Bradford County and offers certified learning programs for unemployed and underemployed workers.
“The idea is that we are providing certifications that are high demand, high growth, and good pay,” said Trenton Hightower, Director of Workforce Development Customized Training. “We’re using statistical data that identify the high-demand jobs in the county. So that we know that if they get certificated, there are jobs available.”
Students can further their education through the college’s Certification Courses by gaining industry certification skills. Courses in accounting and finance, IT career training, sales and marketing, management and medical services are some of the many disciplines the college offers.
The courses are tailored to teach individuals the necessary skill set within three to six months and can be taken online or in person. The school also offers scholarships for the unemployed and underemployed.
“It’s different from the credit funding. You don’t have to do a FAFSA form,” Hightower said. “We’re trying to reduce barriers and quickly get people trained and certified in these jobs.”
In addition, the college provides certification programs to businesses and organizations wanting to expand their employees’ skill sets. The certification program is tailored to the client’s needs and can teach employees computer training, technology, health-related skills, or essential skills such as leadership, adaptability and communication.
Santa Fe has provided skill training programs to businesses like Clay Electric, Dollar General, COMARCO, hospitals and health care providers.
“What we’re looking to do with Santa Fe College is come closer to Bradford (and surrounding communities). Be more connected.”
To learn more about Santa Fe College’s Certification Training Program, visit sfcollege.edu/enhance.
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