Training Opportunities

CareerSource Heartland Training Opportunities

In partnership with our network of approved training providers, you may be eligible to receive funds toward completion of job training in an in-demand occupation that leads to a vocational/occupational skills certificate/diploma.
In today’s job market, it is critical that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of employers to compete.  CareerSource Heartland is here to help!
  Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), you may receive career guidance and possibly financial help with your training-related costs such as:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Books
In some instances, funds may be available to aid with supplies, uniforms and shoes, and certification/licensure fees related to training completion.

Career Seekers interested in training assistance must:

  • If unemployed, first access Career Services to seek employment, and be unsuccessful landing a job.
  • Be deemed suitable for training (likely to succeed and gain employment upon completion, as determined by a trained career specialist).
  • Meet all eligibility requirements. Eligibility is assessed individually and is based upon various factors including household income, employment status, and current employability.
  • Participate in training with an approved training provider as listed on CareerSource Heartland’s Approved Training Providers/Programs. Note: In order for training programs to be added to the approved list, they must first be considered “in-demand” and be on the Demand Occupations List  for the CareerSource Heartland Local Area of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties.
    • Compare the performance of approved training providers by Program:
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when enrolling in programs that are eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Meet admission requirements of the training provider and be accepted into the training program of interest.
  • Be willing to provide all required documentation and meet with your career specialist no less than monthly.
  • Share the good news when you land a job!
  • Commit to follow-up with a CareerSource Heartland representative periodically for a year after you start your new career.

A. Career Services, available via walk-in to everyone who is legally eligible to work in the United States, may include:

  • On-line access to numerous career and employment-related websites listing job openings throughout the State of Florida.
  • Assistance with job search, resume development, and interview skills.
  • Access to a How-to resource library with career and job-related books, videos and interactive training.
  • Career guidance, skills assessments, workshops, labor market & training program information.
  • Assistance with identifying your transferable skills.
  • Access to hiring events and job fairs, & help with job placement.

Scholarships for job training are provided through funds made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


B. Scholarships for Training Services—the following general requirements apply:

  • Must be a resident of DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, or Okeechobee County.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Meet U.S. Citizenship requirements or hold current Permanent Resident Alien Card.
  • All males born after December 31st, 1959 must meet Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Household income falls within specific program guidelines.

You may also qualify if one of the following applies:

  • You are about to be or have been laid off from your job and are unlikely to return to the same or similar position; and you are eligible for, receiving or have exhausted your reemployment compensation benefits.
  • You are a displaced homemaker no longer supported by the income of another family member and are unemployed or underemployed.
  • You are a former contract worker or self-employed individual who is unemployed due to current economic conditions.

To learn more about scholarships for job training, please attend a “WIOA” Orientation at 10 a.m. at one of the following CareerSource Heartland locations:

DeSoto County • 2160 NE Roan Ave., Arcadia • Orientation every Monday

Highlands County • 5901 US Hwy 27 S, Suite 1, Sebring • Orientation every Wednesday

Okeechobee County • 207 SW Park St., Okeechobee • Orientation every Tuesday

Or at 11 a.m. at our Hardee Center:

324 6th Ave. North, Wauchula • Orientation every Tuesday

“We highly recommend using the CareerSource Heartland for any hiring events.”


Teresa Aviles
SEB Administrative Coordinator
GulfCoast Supply & Manufacturing

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Teresa Aviles
Gulf Coast

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“… I appreciate all the help from you (CareerSource Heartland) in a time when there was no hope…CareerSource Heartland drove in and fixed it like a superhero!  Thank you for all the hard work… This job fair hit big – our companies in Texas and Florida have been calls all morning asking me how did I make this happen?!  Even though I would like to take credit, it was all the work of our local career center.   I advised them to reach out to their community CareerSources, it is very much worth it. See you all very soon and thank you!”

Sincerely ,  Myesha Smith, Manager, Florida Pop, LLC, DBA Popeyes Chicken

Myesha Smith (Popeyes)
Popeyes Chicken

Anything I do say about the Career Source Heartland in Okeechobee will be very downplayed to the actual experience we encountered. Not only were they exceptional in helping us achieve our results for talented associates, but they were also well organized and on top of everything. Although I felt like I may be a burden they really went the extra mile to make me feel like part of their family and allowed me and my team to be ourselves and work closely together to make sure we were all very comfortable. Nothing I do or can say about them will ever amount to the wonderful experience I have had and will continue to have moving forward. They are the greatest resource in helping find you qualified candidates. With this being another store opening/market opening for me, this has by far been the easiest in terms of finding a staff. They help reduce the stress one may find when trying to find candidates to interview. I could keep going on how wonderful and great they were but it’s an experience and a great resource every business should try, they won’t regret it!!!!


Thank You

Andrew Stephens
TGM Okeechobee FL

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CareerSource Heartland helped me, I know that they can help you…