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Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training

Florida residents can now apply to train for one of three highly sought-after industry certifications, tuition-free, at Indian River State College. In addition to tuition-free instruction, eligible students may also receive financial assistance to defray costs associated with the training.

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The certification programs are made possible through the Department of Economic Opportunity Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds based on the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program.

The programs are a collaborative effort between CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC), Project LIFT and Indian River State College (IRSC).

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Details and important information can be found in the Policies and Procedures Plan.

IRSC's Florida Workforce Recovery Training Programs

Training for each of three pathway programs occurs online, at the IRSC Massey Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce at IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus at 2229 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (start dates follow the IRSC academic calendar for Spring A and B, Summer A and B, Fall A and B, etc.) and at Project LIFT (weekly start dates) at 1330 SW 34th Street in Palm City and at 1009 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Programs are designed to build skills in growing and expanding fields, providing students opportunities for lifelong careers.

  • Frequent start dates
  • Successful applicants are completely trained and "work-ready" in one semester (14 weeks)
  • Day and night options
  • Flexible class types: completely online, hybrid and traditional in-person instruction

Construction Technician

This program includes training in safety, production processes, maintenance awareness and quality assurance. In addition, there are classes in blueprint reading, measurement, OSHA 10 certification and employment readiness. The Construction Technician is a blended classroom and online program designed around an initial set of technical skills with the goal for students to become a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core certified, an industry recognized certification for advanced job placement in construction fields.

IRSC Massey Campus: Fort Pierce, Florida 
NCCER Core Curriculum Certification

Project LIFT: Palm City, Florida

Project LIFT: Fort Pierce, Florida

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician

This blended classroom and online program provides the foundational knowledge needed to understand aspects of installing, charging and repairing HVAC systems. Training includes lessons in the safety, safe equipment operation, material handling equipment, quality control, workplace communication, teamwork and problem-solving, and the use of computers.

IRSC Massey Campus: Fort Pierce, Florida 
Refrigerant, Reclaim and Recovery Certification

IRSC Vero/Gifford Location: Gifford, Florida
Refrigerant, Reclaim and Recovery Certification

Solar Energy Technician

Solar technicians are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining solar panel systems on rooftops or other structures. Solar technicians are often mechanically minded and like to work outdoors. Their work is physical, requiring them to be on their feet most of the day, climb ladders, and carry the panels.

IRSC Massey Campus: Fort Pierce, Florida 
Photovoltaic Technician 

Project LIFT: Palm City, Florida

Application Process

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Contact WRTP Program Director Shannon Wood at or 772-267-8149 for additional information.

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This training is made available through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program. Launched with Federal Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funding to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irma, the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program trains Floridians in the construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts. For more information visit


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