Short-term training scholarships available

Automation and production Technology, cyber security and HVAC

Media Contact: Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Communications Manager
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
352-291-9559 | 352-816-1264
[email protected]

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2016) – Once again, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is offering short-term training scholarships for eligible students interested in careers in popular, high-demand industries.

The training programs, offered by Withlacoochee Technical College in Inverness, focus on growth industries with better-than-average pay: Automation and Production Technology (advanced manufacturing), Cyber Security and HVAC.

Brenda Chrisman, CareerSource CLM’s business services officer, said that, as the name implies, the short-term training programs vary in length from two to seven months and are designed for those unable to participate in programs that take a year or more to complete.

“Each program prepares graduates to earn industry certifications that can give them a competitive edge in today’s job market,” Chrisman said, adding that the advanced manufacturing program earns credits toward an Associate degree at the College of Central Florida.

Average entry level and experienced wages typically outpace the average for all industries at the certification, Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree levels.

The following classes, offered by Withlacoochee Technical College in Inverness, are open to all students in the Citrus, Levy and Marion counties area:

  • Automation and Production Technology begins August 9. The program prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing or engineering. Students will learn SolidWorks 3D Design/Printing, CNC basics, robotics, programmable logic controllers, quality management, electrical circuits, engineering design process, safety and more. Graduates can earn the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council – Certified Production Technician (MSSC-CPT) certification.  In addition, successful completers can earn 15 credits toward an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology Quality Specialization or Engineering Technology in Advanced Manufacturing from the College of Central Florida.
  • Applied Cyber Security also begins August 9. The seven-month program is designed to enhance skills of those already in Information Technology (must have completed CompTIA Network Plus certification). Course work focuses on database security, planning and analysis, software and web security. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for CompTIA Security Plus certification.
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration starts September 6. In two months, students can earn the Preventative Maintenance and Installers certification. Course work focuses on safety, basic electric, flex systems, serving units, brazing copper, customer service, and more. The program prepares participants to test for the EPA 608 Type 2 certification.

Chrisman emphasized that CareerSource CLM is able to pay tuition for qualifying students.

“If you are interested in any of these programs, but are concerned about the cost, you owe it to yourself to talk to us because we may be able to pay for your training,” she said. “But hurry, because enrollment begins immediately.”

For information about WTC’s programs and enrollment, call the college at 352-726-2430.

Those interested in CareerSource CLM’s short-term training scholarships should call 352-249-3278, ext. 1236 or 800-434-JOBS, 1236.


CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is an equal opportunity employer/program and member of the CareerSource Florida network of workforce development areas. Auxiliary aids/services are available upon request to persons with disabilities and in Spanish.  All voice phone numbers may be reached via Florida Relay Services at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or email [email protected] at least three business days in advance.

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