To help meet the demand for job training in north Pinellas County, the City of Oldsmar is partnering with the Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College to open a training center at 127 State Street West. A ribbon cutting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the new center.
Classes will begin later in September at the newly named Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College in Oldsmar, formerly the Oldsmar Senior Center.
“This is a birth of a great relationship between St. Petersburg College and the City,” stated Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis. “The educational opportunity for our residents, businesses and manufacturers afforded by this new location is unlimited.”
The new center will feature courses in manufacturing, business management and technology. Many will be offered through SPC’s Learn to Earn program, where participants can upgrade their job skills in specific software for as little as $25 in short-term courses. Industry-recognized certification classes will also be available. The goal is to bring training options to a specific area of the county, where local businesses have expressed the need to close skills gaps, and to expand educational opportunities for residents in north Pinellas.
“SPC is proud to be able to bring training close to home for individuals looking to advance their skill sets,” said Jim Connolly, Director of the Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College.
Of the 13,400 people who work at 2,362 businesses in Oldsmar, more than 1,800 or 13.5% work in manufacturing, making it the third largest employment sector, according to the most recent data provided by Pinellas County Economic Development.
Only two other sectors are larger: professional, scientific and technology services employ more than 1,969 and administrative and support services employ 1,922.
“We’re excited about this new partnership, which will benefit the City and surrounding areas with a skilled workforce, and give students the ability to take classes tailored to meet the needs of these specific industries,” Connolly said.