CSTB Starts TechBoost Program

CSTB has Information Technology training dollars available

~ Out-of-School Adults looking to upskill & receive IT training can now apply ~


TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) is currently accepting applications for individuals who would like to receive training in the high in demand field of Information Technology. CSTB has two H-1B Skills Training grants available to help local job seekers living in Hillsborough County gain skills for career advancement. The total grants amount to $466,000 and are available right now. Participants must be Hillsborough County residents, 17 years of age or older who are currently not in high school and are unemployed or underemployed.


The TechBoost grant, provides training assistance up to $5,000. This amount may be provided per participant under the grant award of $387,000.


TechBoost is a national program that provides comprehensive workforce strategies to prepare the workforce for middle-to-high-skilled occupations within the Information Technology industry.


TechBoost seeks to build public-private partnership of education, workforce, employers, and other stakeholders to leverage grant funds with existing resources to increase Information Technology (IT) and IT-related industry sector-based credentials and work-based training.


The Tech Quest Apprenticeship or TQA program is part of a federal program and on average can provide $600 in occupational training assistance under the grant. CSTB has received a total grant award of $79,000 from TechQuest. Participants may be co-enrolled with WIOA program.


TQA assists Information Technology (IT) and IT-related apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs in development, expansion, and active enrollment.

In both Tech Quest Apprenticeship (TQA) and TechBoost, training must be in occupations and industries for which employers are currently using H-1B visas to hire foreign talent.


To learn more about the two programs visit:


Download the flyer for the programs here:


If you would like more information, please contact: Saleema Bennett, Director of Programs, [email protected] and or Cynthia Diaz, Program Coordinator,

[email protected].


About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $23,321,277.


CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 173,319 services to 37,054 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2019-2020. CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our four full-time career centers and two satellite locations, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates. We also work closely with all Veterans.


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