Tampa Bay Hi-Tech Training Program

The HITT application process is open!

Thank you for your interest in the Tampa Bay Hi-Tech Training Program (HITT)! The US Department of Labor (USDOL) has awarded Tampa Bay a 3.8 million dollar grant for training from April 2, 2012 to April 1, 2016. Below please find detailed information on the HITT program. HITT offers paid tuition, books and fees for industry certification exams in the Information Technology (IT) fields for individuals who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Click here to view the HITT Online Overview.

General Eligibility

  1. You are currently Long Term Unemployed - you must fall under one of the below categories:
    • You have been without a job for 27 weeks or more and want and are available to work and is able to provide documentation for Unemployment Insurance eligibility
    • You have lost your job during the recent recession (commencing January 1, 2008 forward), and have exhausted unemployment benefits
    • You have not yet reconnected with a job that provides comparable responsibility and pay (Underemployment)
    • You are working a part-time job(s) when you want a full-time job, or you have become discouraged and have stopped looking for a job.
  2. You are a Hillsborough or Pinellas County resident.
  3. You are 18 years or older.
  4. You meet U.S. Citizen requirements or hold current Authorization to Work in the U.S.
  5. You have a high school diploma or a GED.
  6. Current Resume (IT experience highly recommended)
  7. You must pass the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score at a 9.0 overall (9th grade level). To prepare for the TABE, click here to review the “Preparing for TABE"
  8. You must pass a PC and Suitability Assessment for your selected program.

To begin filling out HITT online application please click continue below:

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The HITT program offers the following training with the two training providers listed below:

St. Petersburg College

Academic Program  (Credit) Start Date End Date Recommended Experience Prior to Starting Class
CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Includes 4 Courses) 08/17/15 12/10/15 Intended for Entry Level Network Engineers



Corporate Training  (Non-Credit) Start Date End Date Recommended Experience Prior to Starting Class
CompTIA Linux+ 05/22/15 08/05/15 A+ or Net+ certification is preferred. Also acceptable: 12+ months Linux administration experience or equivalent knowledge in Windows or Mac OS-X.
CompTIA A+ Helpdesk Program 05/22/15 08/24/15 Entry Level
Certified Wireless Network Associate (CWNA) 05/22/15 07/07/15 Foundation level certification that measures the ability to administer any wireless LAN.
CompTIA Security+ Program 06/23/15 08/04/15 CompTIA Network+ certification or two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security
CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician Program 06/23/15 08/21/15 CompTIA A+ or 500 hours of hands-on IT technical experience in the healthcare IT field
Swift Development for Entry Level iOS Programmers 06/23/15 09/22/15 Programming and HTML/CSS experience.
MySQL Developer 06/23/15 09/15/15 At least one year with databases. Experience with SQL preferred.
CompTIA A+ Helpdesk Program 08/14/15 10/27/15 Entry Level

Please note the following requirements for SPC’s programs:

  • All prospective students begin with: TABE and Suitability Assessments.
  • Credit program will require students to meet all SPC admission requirements.
  • All non-credit programs will begin with a class in Agile Development to fulfill the IT Gap concern for a better understanding of this technique.

Hillsborough Community College

Corporate Training (Non-Credit) Start Date End Date Recommended Experience Prior to Starting Class
CompTIA A+ Bootcamp 05/20/15 06/27/15 Some IT experience recommended.
CompTIA Network+ 06/01/15 08/06/15 At least 1 year of computer support experience as a PC or Network technician, and recommend individual has already attained their CompTIA A+ certification.
Java 8SE (OCAJ) 06/17/15 08/07/15 Entry level programming experience and strong attention to detail.
Querying for SQL Server 2012 06/29/15 08/24/15 Intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals.
CompTIA Security+ 07/06/15 09/14/15 2 years networking /IT support or equivalent certification required.

For all inquiries see below contact details:

  • HCC Corporate Training certification programs listed above, please contact Ryan Buckthorpe at (813) 253-7073 or rbuckthorpe@hccfl.edu
  • SPC Academic Program & Corporate Training certification programs listed above, please contact Mary Schock at (727) 341-4440 or schock.mary@spcollege.edu
  • HITT Program in general, including questions related to eligibility, please contact Yvette Weiss at tbhitech@careersourcepinellas.com

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