CareerSource Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County Announce ACE Program

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CareerSource Tampa Bay is teaming up with Hillsborough County’s Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC) to implement the Apprenticeship-to-Career Empowerment Program (ACE) set to launch in August and September 2021. The program will be working with specific targeted industries such as Manufacturing, Healthcare, Information Technology,
Financial Services and Hospitality.

The ACE Program is seeking Hillsborough young adults ages 18 to 24 to connect them to short-term occupational skills training that will result in industry recognized certifications, a
meaningful work experience with a local employer and a career pathway for a brighter future. Income eligibility will be a requirement of services.

The program is designed to empower young adults to take control of their futures by providing them an opportunity to learn industry specific skills and credentials while earning income and
real-world work experience. This opportunity will provide a career pathway trajectory that will accelerate their future earning potential.

Young adults will receive two (2) days of occupational skills training through a local training provider or apprentice program and three (3) days of worksite or hands on training with a local
employer. Training will yield an industry-recognized certification and meaningful paid work experience. Participants will earn as they learn and be paid $15 per hour with a maximum of
24 hours per week.

Note: Special consideration will be given to young adults who are exiting the foster care system or escaping human trafficking

The Ace Program will have the backing of four industries, Financial Shared Services, Information Technology and Manufacturing are first up to start in August and September with Healthcare starting soon as training program selections are set.

Financial Shared Services, Information Technology, and Manufacturing will each run the following career Paths for 8 to 12-week periods, the career paths will be:

• Digital Marketing 8-week program
• Cyber Security 12-week program
• Front End or Software Development 12-week program
• Business Operations Specialist 9-week program
• Aircraft Electronics Technician 12-week program
• CNC – Milling, Programming and Operations 10-week program

The ACE program is seeking local employers in the targeted industries to partner with CareerSource Tampa Bay providing worksite training and a future for a Hillsborough young
adult. Employers will receive paid youth interns during their worksite hours. CSTB hopes to have multiple industry representatives partnering with us in this program currently we have
several employers and Computer Coach kicking off the Ace Program with us.

“Those of us at CareerSource Tampa Bay are excited for this incredible opportunity to help the youth of Hillsborough County find the careers fit for them,” said CSTB CEO John Flanagan.
“We hope that the implementation of this program will lead to a significant number of bright new careers for our youth in Hillsborough County.”

For more information or to register for the program please contact Cynthia Diaz at [email protected] or call (813)-930-7400. The program website is located at

About CareerSource Tampa Bay
CareerSource Tampa Bay programs and initiatives are fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $19,293,411.

CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided
240,269 services to 36,960 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during program year 2018-2019.

CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our five career centers is the single largest source of job candidates in the region from entry-level to executive-level candidates. Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services that include recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network to learn more, visit

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