Apprenticeship-to-Career Empowerment (ACE) Program 2.0

CareerSource Tampa Bay in partnership with Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners

Kick-Start your career by earning a credential in as little as 12 weeks while building your resume earning $15/hr in a paid work experience. This program offers tuition assistance, preparation to start work, and a paid work experience with a Hillsborough County employer. Industries will include IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Finance.


CareerSource is happy to announce the ACE Program was approved to continue and ACE 2.0 kicks off in April 2022. The ACE Program was created so that the youth of Hillsborough County have the resources to connect to a career ladder with future, self-sustaining wages, employment security and the training to succeed in industries with high-demand occupations such as IT, Health Care, and Manufacturing.

The program is designed to reach out to young adults in low-income households, especially those exiting the foster care system and those escaping from human trafficking, to connect them with apprenticeship opportunities and occupational skills training. These opportunities serve as meaningful work experiences with local employers and will result in industry-recognized certifications and a pathway for a brighter future.


  • 18-24 years of age
    Hillsborough County Resident
    Meet U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the US
    Meet selective service registration requirements (males born after 12/31/59)
    Low-Income ACE Poverty guidelines

ACE Online Registration and Pre-screen

To start the registration and enrollment process for the ACE Training program, applicants will need to fully complete the ACE registration and prescreen below. Once completed, you will be assigned to an ACE Coach who will contact you about your next steps within two (2) business days. The ACE program is based upon eligibility and staff will work with each applicant to go thru application and eligibility determination.  If you do not see an email in your inbox, please be sure to check your spam/junk folders.

Please register and complete your prescreen by clicking the button below:

ACE 2.0 PreeScreen

ACE Skills Training Registration and Pre-screen 

Please contact us for assistance if needed or further information:

Call (813)-647-2046 and ask for ACE program


All ACE programs has been expanded to now run as long as 14 to 15 weeks and now offers a three step process, skills training, and paid work experience. You can plan to:

  • Register for training with a local training provider
  • Obtain employability skills, interview and worksite preparation and get ready to meet with your worksite employer
  • Interview with a local employer who will provide worksite or “hands-on” training

Digital Marketing: In 8 weeks, in a hands-on & instructor-led course, you can learn one of the hottest 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, and web-based advertising, and more.

Cyber Security: Let’s face it, as computer usage goes up, so does cybercrime. In this 12-week program, you will learn what’s needed to launch your career into the Information Technology sector. Courses include the basics of Computer Hardware and Software, Computer Networking, and Computer Security Fundamentals. This program is instructor-led, hands-on, and maps to several optional IT Certifications.

Front End or Software Development: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Front-end web developer jobs are growing at a much faster rate than other jobs in America. In this 12-week course, students will learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript web technologies. These skills are used to create websites, mobile apps, email marketing campaigns, and more. This course is hands-on, instructor-led, and emphasizes developing a portfolio, so you have real-world experience to showcase to future employers. Learn one of the most sought-after technology skills.

Business Operations Specialist: Not sure what area of work you want to do. This program has you covered. Every office in every industry needs what we call “Power Computer Users.” This program will teach you the in-depth skills you need to be a master at Microsoft Office, from front-desk associates to bookkeeping specialists. This 8-week program is instructor-led and hands-on and is designed to cover the most popular computer applications used in today’s businesses. The emphasis in this program will be on developing customer service skills, learning Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Intuit QuickBooks.

For additional information concerning the training above and classroom/ online training schedules, please visit the link below:

Training Partner:  JobWorks

TECHWORKS:  TechWorks is a 12-week tech boot camp that quickly connects students with little-to-no technical experience to in-demand IT support jobs. Through fun and interactive virtual classroom training, 3 valuable credentials, employer connections, and personalized tutoring and coaching, students will prepare to become entry-level IT Support Specialists – with graduates earning more than $17 per hour on average. Successful graduates will receive the CompTIA A+, CompTIA IT Fundamentals, and IBTA Business Communication certifications, and may also have the opportunity to connect with IT recruiters through the TechWorks Employer Partner Network.

For more information, please click link below or please visit Qualified candidates will be contacted!

TechWorks Flyer

HCC program tracks

CNC:   Monday/Wednesday classes,  HCC Brandon Campus, Manufacturing Center

CNC Production Specialist (Milling, Programming & Operations)

Class size:  12

Program Description:  This course will be delivered in a hybrid format; with some content delivered online in live instructor-led sessions and the remaining on-campus in our manufacturing and computer lab.

Overview: Introducing the students to programming, setup, and operation of CNC machining centers; machine safety, manufacturing methodology, blueprint reading, and machining techniques.

Objective: To provide the skills necessary to obtain gainful employment in the machining and manufacturing environment.

Certifications: NIMS Level 1 CNC Milling Programming Setup & Operations

Target Audience: Ages 18 and above needing and desiring career advancement or entrance in the machining industry

Prerequisite Skills and Experience: 10th Grade Math or equivalent

For more information, please click here.

AET tech:    Monday/Wednesday classes, HCC Brandon Campus, Engineering Technology Lab

Aircraft Electronics Technician Certification Program

Class size:  12

Program Description: This course will be delivered in a hybrid format; with some content delivered online in live instructor-led sessions and the remaining on-campus in our manufacturing and computer lab.

Overview: Advance your career and industry knowledge by earning the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Standard and Certification developed by ASTM’s National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT) along with their industry partners.

Objective: The NCATT AET is the primary certification and is required for all endorsements in the career field. The AET certification identifies the core knowledge of an Aircraft Electronics / Avionics technician that is common across the industry. This includes the military, air carrier, air cargo, repair stations, fixed-based operators, corporate flight departments, and manufacturers.

Certifications: NCATT certificates are an industry-defined mechanism to identify professionals who demonstrate their knowledge through testing and commit themselves to the aerospace industry. Associations and professionals across every industry use these certifications to recognize qualified and competent individuals.

Starting wages:  Starting wages in the field are $17 per hour and with some experience go well over $50 per hour. The mean hourly wage for Avionics Technicians in Florida is $27.88/hour per the Bureau of Labor


For more information, please click here.

 Please check our ACE Website for additional training opportunities!

NOTE:  ACE is developing additional Training tracks:  Healthcare, Manufacturing and Information Technology providing occupational skills training for two ( 2) days and worksite or “hands-on” training at a local employer for three (3) days.


ACE Program Announcement 

ACE Program Overview 


Program Job Seeker

Program Employer

More information and school registration is available by contacting Computer Coach: