Orange County residents can receive free career training at Seminole State

Help is Here program is a partnership of Orange County Florida government and CareerSource Central Florida

Monday, September 14, 2020
Written by: Mark Richardson

Residents of Orange County who have been furloughed, laid-off, or lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can take free certificate programs at Seminole State to upgrade their skills for a new career in a high-demand field.

Through the Help is Here program, a partnership of Orange County Florida government and CareerSource Central Florida, qualified Orange County residents can upgrade their skills for a new career in high demand industries such as Associate Project Management, Accounting Specialist, Business Specialist, Office Support, and Residential Staging Specialist.

Utilizing Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds, up to 4,000 Orange County residents who qualify can receive free tuition, fees, books and instructional costs to enroll at Seminole State as well as a variety of customized, complimentary career services that will pave the way to a new career during this challenging time.

To participate in Help is Here, you must be: 

  • An Orange County resident
  • 18 years or older
  • Unemployed or have reduced hours due to COVID-19
  • A U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

Once you have registered for Help is Here and been approved to attend Seminole State for career training, you must:

Help is Here is just one of the programs that CareerSource Central Florida manages to curate local talent.  They also partner with Central Florida businesses, colleges, and universities to meet industry needs and connect career seekers to local opportunities. For more information visit 

About CareerSource Central Florida

CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) is Florida’s second largest regional workforce board that is state and federally funded with an annual operating budget of $30.5 million. CSCF provides comprehensive services to connect career seekers and local businesses at no cost. Services include screening and hiring talent; employee training and education; paid internships and no cost skills training and education programs. In fiscal year 2019-2020, CSCF served nearly 80,000 career seekers and 4,000 businesses. It helped advance skills for more than 1,800 career seekers and placed more than 6,300 individuals in jobs across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter Counties. For more information, visit

About Orange County Florida Government

Since 1990, Orange County has operated as a “strong mayor” form of charter government—a reflection of the County’s urban character and driving economy. Under this structure, the Orange County Mayor serves as Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners are independently-elected from six districts, and serve in a legislative capacity.

The Mayor is responsible for all County operations, including more than 8,000 employees and the County’s $4.4 billion budget. The Mayor oversees public safety operations for residents and more than 75 million annual visitors, budget allocations for the Orange County Public Library System, the Sheriff’s Office and other constitutional offices. The Mayor is elected by all citizens of Orange County including those in Orlando, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park.

In addition to our world-class international airport, second-largest convention center in the U.S., blockbuster theme parks and entertainment options, Orange County is brimming with excitement, arts, culture, sports, recreation and economic opportunity. We are home to some of the finest public venues in America, including the Amway Center, home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and Camping World Stadium and Explora stadium for our professional soccer teams, Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride.

Under the leadership of Mayor Jerry L. Demings, County employees embrace a culture of innovation, collaboration, and inclusiveness. Our goal is to provide outstanding customer service and transparency to the taxpayers and residents of Orange County.

Orange County Florida Government Mission

Our mission is to serve the citizens of Orange County and our guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. We are committed to engaging our citizens in the decision making process in order to earn their trust and improve our quality of life.