CareerSource Research Coast launches new workforce programs to aid St. Lucie County residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19

CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) has launched new workforce training and development programs to support St. Lucie County residents and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.

Designed to prepare individuals with re-entering the workforce while also helping affected businesses avoid layoffs and/or upskill employees, Recover St. Lucie Workforce Training and Development programs are supported in partnership by CSRC, St. Lucie County, and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) as part of the St. Lucie County CARES Economic Recovery programs. Funding for these programs were made possible by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, which has received federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds from the State of Florida.

Under this initiative, eligible St. Lucie County residents transitioning from industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $5 thousand in scholarship grant funds for immediate, short-term training or certification for in-demand occupations. The industries hardest hit include but are not limited to hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage, and personal services. CSRC will also assist program participants with job placement.

CSRC will also provide eligible St. Lucie County for-profit businesses with up to $10 thousand in grant funding for paid on-the-job training (OJT) programs to train or upskill new hires to meet new market demands. Program participants must have lost their job or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19. Businesses must be in recovery mode and open and operational in some fashion consistent with the governor’s guidelines, CDC guidance and market realities. CSRC will award grants on a tiered scale based on the total number of full-time participating employees.

For program funding details in compliance with the Stevens Amendment, please visit Apply online to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.

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About CareerSource Research Coast

CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) is a private, non-profit, Florida corporation with a board of directors consisting of private businesses, economic development and education representatives, community and state agencies, and elected officials. Members of the board represent the diversity of businesses, organizations and trades that operate in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The State of Florida chartered CSRC to create and manage a workforce development service delivery system responsive to the needs of businesses and job seekers. Our certified workforce professionals can be reached by calling 1-866-4U2-HIRE or 1-866-482-4473. Visit to learn more. An equal opportunity employer/program. TTY/TDD use Florida Relay Service 711.


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