TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) is excited to announce that through our continued partnership with Hillsborough County’s Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC), the Apprenticeship-to-Career Empowerment 2.0 Program (ACE 2.0) has opened enrollment for a double-cohort in Digital Marketing, with classes starting as soon as Thursday, July 7th, 2022.


In 8 weeks, through a hands-on & instructor-led course, young adults can get paid $15 per hour to learn one of the most sought-after skills in the marketing industry. Digital marketing, also called online marketing, is the promotion of brands to connect with potential customers using various internet channels or forms of digital communication. This includes not only email marketing, but social media marketing, web-based advertising, and more!


Cohorts will start on:

  • Thursday, July 7th, 2022
  • Thursday, July 14th, 2022


Young adults ages 18 to 24 interested in enrolling or learning more can come into an ACE information session or complete a pre-screen survey at


Information sessions are hosted weekly at the CSTB Tampa Center at 9215 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 on:

  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


During the 8-week ACE training, participants will receive two (2) days of free 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 while at their worksite.


Click here to download the flyer for the ACE 2.0 Digital Marketing class:


“Local employers are seeking marketing research technicians and analysts to assist with their product branding, utilizing social media marketing, and web-based advertising. This career path can lead to marketing management opportunities as well,” says Don Shepherd, CSTB Senior Director of Special Projects. “Local Labor market projects a 5% growth in field with a salary range of $17.03 to $30.00 per hour.”


The ACE Program connects young adults in Hillsborough County with resources to build a career ladder with future, self-sustaining wages, employment security, and the training to succeed in industries such as Manufacturing, Information Technology, Financial Services and Hospitality.


ACE 2.0 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 and growth in their selected career.


Additional training programs available include:

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)

Tech Works – pre-apprenticeship in IT Help Desk (12-week program)


To start the registration and enrollment process for the ACE Training program, applicants will need to fully complete the ACE registration and prescreen at


For more information or to register for the program please contact the ACE 2.0 team at [email protected] or call (813)-647-2046. Also visit the ACE 2.0 program website located at


If further assistance is needed, please contact Cynthia Diaz, the ACE Program Coordinator, at (813)-930-7158.


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 five career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates. We work closely with all Veterans.


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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