Open Door Scholarship Program is designed to support students completing short-term and technical education credentialing courses. The goal of the program is for participants to successfully attain a workforce certificate in high-demand fields. This addresses and closes the gap between the skills needed by workers in the state and the skills of the available workforce in the state.

The student is responsible for the first one-third of the tuition at the time of enrollment. The student portion may be paid by the student, an employer, or a private source. The Open Door Scholarship Program pays the remaining two-thirds of the tuition if the student successfully completes the course and provides the results of their industry certification to Hillsborough Community College (HCC) – ICCE ( Click Here for Directions *). Funds from the program may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, examination, books, and materials.

HCC may be able to offer additional assistance for low-income applicants. Click here for more information.

>>> All Courses Must be Completed by June 30, 2023 <<<
Registration and payment (if applicable) must be completed within 2 business days of award notification.

HCC cannot guarantee employment as a result of this training.

Only one scholarship may be approved per individual.

Complete one application only. If adjustments are needed to your existing application, please call 813.259.6010 or email ICCE@hccfl.edu.

Courses fill up quickly, so don’t delay.

Steps To Apply:

  1. Click Here for Directions
  2. Complete the Application
  3. Complete the Attestation

Please note: Course selection must match both the completed application and the completed attestation. Should a mismatched course selection be received, the course submitted via the attestation will be selected for you. If you are unable to register and pay for the first 1/3 of the cost of the course within two business days of your Award Notification, you must reply with the specific date for which you will be able to register and pay.

Courses Approved

Healthcare

  • Certified EKG Technician

This course provides training for administering and reading EKGs.  The course includes anatomy and physiology and disease processes that affect the heart, medications, Holter monitoring, 12-lead EKG, analyzing EKG readings, and much more.  A two-year BLS Healthcare Provider Certification is included in this course.

Total Hours: 52
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Advising Support Contact: AlliedHealthICCE@hccfl.edu

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Enter into the world of healthcare today by performing functions related to the physician’s clinical responsibilities in the outpatient/private medical office.  Learn and perform methods of preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, specimen collection including blood collection (phlebotomy), running live electrocardiographs (EKGs), and recognizing heart rhythms.  Gain hands-on experience with critical procedures and concepts in phlebotomy, EKG, pharmacology, professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. You will also complete an introduction to medical terminology, healthcare etiquette, and healthcare customer service to stand apart from others in a competitive job market. 

Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the CMA, Phlebotomy, and EKG technician exams through National Healthcare Association (www.nhanow.com) receiving a total of 3 certifications! (Additional Phlebotomy, EKG, fees paid separately.)

Total Hours: 216 (+100 optional clinical hours)
Course LinkClick Here
Advising Support Contact: AlliedHealthICCE@hccfl.edu

  • Patient Care Technician

The healthcare industry is currently undergoing major changes in the manner in which patient care is provided.  This restructuring has resulted in the introduction of a new category of healthcare workers trained to perform a variety of patient care services.  The Patient Care Technician course teaches the technical skills necessary to service complex patient personal care issues including rehabilitation services, basic bedside care, collection of laboratory specimens, Phlebotomy, and EKGs primarily geared for both the inpatient and outpatient setting. 

The Patient Care Technician works alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to oversee and monitor patients.  This Patient Care Technician training will provide students with the basic medical knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to perform or obtain technical diagnostic testing and perform direct patient care.  Many hospitals may require that PCTs also have a Certified Nursing Assistant license.   This course meets the requirements to also take the CNA exam to meet this requirement.  Visit the Florida Board of Nursing Website for information about becoming a CNA. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to take the PCT, Phlebotomy, and EKG technician exams through National Healthcare Association (www.nhanow.com), and apply to the Board of Nursing to become a CNA.  You could end up receiving a total of 4 certifications! (Additional Phlebotomy, EKG, and CNA exam fees are paid separately.)

Total Hours: 250 (+40 optional clinical hours)
Course LinkClick here
Advising Support Contact: AlliedHealthICCE@hccfl.edu

Information Technology

  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ | IT Job Readiness Skills

Cloud technology is important for developing a career in today’s computing landscape. Cloud computing is quickly capturing the technological domain. As a result, the demand for Cloud professionals is also increasing considerably. There are thousands of open tech jobs in the Tampa Bay area alone. Enter the exciting field of Cloud Computing and also learn job readiness skills to prepare to seek and/or obtain employment, and to keep their jobs once they are hired.

Total Hours: 36
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

  • Microsoft Data Analyst Associate | IT Job Readiness Skills

With more and more big data in today’s workplace, it is more important than ever that most employees need to analyze, digest, and explain data in a manageable way to anyone who needs to understand their organization’s complex information. Therefore, this program is designed for most employees that are tasked with developing and promoting data-driven business decision-making. It’s no longer just for IT Specialists. The instructor will focus on the conceptual and practical aspects of Microsoft PL-300 exam objectives and lastly, the instructor will integrate the program with job readiness skills to prepare participants to seek or obtain employment and to keep their jobs once they are hired.

Total Hours: 88
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

  • CompTIA A+ | IT Job Readiness Skills

This course is designed for entry-level individuals looking to start a new career in IT. This fundamental program begins with a brief introduction to PC basics; secondly, the instructor will focus on the conceptual and practical aspects of both CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 exam objectives, and lastly, the instructor will integrate the program with job readiness skills to prepare participants to seek or obtain employment and to keep their jobs once they are hired.

Total Hours: 108
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

  • CompTIA Network+

Network+ is a vendor-neutral technology certification used to measure the IT Professional skills and knowledge needed to take on a pivotal role in building, managing, and protecting critical assets that is the data network.  According to CompTIA, the Network+ validates the skills to design, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless devices. Although not required; it is recommended for individuals with a CompTIA A+ Certification and 9 months of networking experience. 

Total Hours: 62
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

  • CompTIA Security+

Security + course’s importance is growing as the frequency and severity of security threats continue to be a major concern for organizations all over the world. Learn the science behind how networks work. How bits travel across the world over the internet from one machine to another. Learn about routers, switches, protocols, and security measures to help take your skills to the next level. Network + certification validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks.

If you are getting ready for a career as an entry-level security (IT) professional or network security administrator, the CompTIA® Security+ Certification course is the first step in your preparation plus 2 years of experience in IT administration with a security focus is recommended. Security + will build on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer (PC) software and hardware and computer networking to present you with fundamental skills and concepts. In this course, you will acquire the essential skills, expertise, and information needed to recognize and respond to threats, perform risk assessments and identify vulnerabilities.

Total Hours: 62
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

  • Certified Cloud Professional

Cloud technology is important for developing a career in today’s computing landscape. Cloud computing is quickly capturing the technological domain with notable players such as Microsoft Azure, Google, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) making huge strides. As a result, the demand for cloud professionals is also increasing considerably. There are thousands of open tech jobs in the Tampa Bay area alone. This course will prepare you to enter the exciting field of cloud computing. As a part of this course, you will have the opportunity to take 3 different cloud certifications CompTIA Cloud Essentials, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, and Google Associate Cloud Engineer.

Total Hours: 96
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Elizabeth Steacker / 813.259.6508 / esteacker@hccfl.edu

Trades

  • Fluid Power – PMMI

The PMMI Mechatronics Certifications are based on industry-developed standards and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System. Successful completion of training and certification exams of this training program articulates as 12 college credits into HCC’s Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology and is stackable with HCC’s Certified Production Technician program which itself articulates into 15 college credits into the same degree program with passing examination scores. Mechatronics Certification – Fluid Power 1 covers the function, operation, and application of common components used in fluid power circuits and systems. It also assesses the understanding of how fluid power components and accessories are placed together to create circuits and systems for powering industrial machines. Mechatronics Certification – Industrial Electricity 1 covers basic safety practices for voltages up to 600 volts and knowledge of voltage, current, and power in AC and DC circuits, circuit analysis of series and parallel loads, and a basic understanding of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. It applies these fundamentals to simple applications that would be found in residential, light commercial, and simple industrial use. Mechatronics Certification – Mechanical Components 1 covers the principles and applications of the most commonly found mechanical drive components as used in packaging machinery and systems.

Total Hours: 80
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Shauntay Ocasio / 813.259.6528 / socasio@hccfl.edu

  • Certified Production Technician (CPT) – MSSC

The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) ® 4.0 certification program is to recognize through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery of the foundational, core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry-level to front-line supervisor through successful completion of the certification assessments.  The goal of the CPT 4.0 certification program is to raise the level of performance of production technicians to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness. 

Total Hours: 128
Course Link
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Advising Support Contact: Shauntay Ocasio / 813.259.6528 / socasio@hccfl.edu

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