Schools and Programs
Adults in this area seeking to develop or enhance occupational or personal skills can do so through a variety of adult education programs, including those in literacy, high school completion, English for speakers of other languages and various vocational studies. Vocational programs could include both classroom studies and hands-on learning experiences and are offered in areas like early childhood education, dental assisting and automotive service.
View the table below for some quick stats of two Tampa schools offering adult education programs:
Schools At a Glance
|School Name||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Level|
|Hillsborough County Public Schools||Public, 9-12||On-campus, online||Less than 1-year certificate|
|Hillsborough Community College||Public, 2-year||On-campus, online||Less than 1-year to 2-year certificates, Certificates, 2-year degrees, less than 1-year|
Hillsborough County Public Schools' Adult Education Programs
Hillsborough County Public Schools' Adult Education programs help Tampa residents get the basic education they need to acquire gainful employment. Adult students can earn a high school diploma, learn to speak English, prepare for American citizenship and acquire workplace skills.
Adult Basic Education/General Educational Development (GED) Program
Self-paced courses that focus on the fundamentals of reading, math and language arts are offered in the adult basic education program. The goal of the program is to prepare adult students for vocational or technical training. Adult students who are legally withdrawn from high school can enroll in GED program The program offers instruction in the four core areas needed to earn the GED: language arts reading/writing, math, social studies and science.
High School Diploma Program
This program is for students 16 years and older who are no longer enrolled in school. Students in the program complete the remaining courses and assessments they need to earn their diploma. Classes are offered in a classroom setting as well as online.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program
Students in this class learn English communication skills in speaking, reading, speaking and listening. The school's Adult Education Department also provide social and cultural services to ESOL participants.
Career Recruitment and Instruction in Basic English (CARIBE) Program
CARIBE is a program for refugees and asylees in Tampa, FL. Qualifying adults receive free tuition, texts and supplies for ESOL, workplace preparation and vocational skills classes.
Hillsborough Community College Adult Vocational Programs
Hillsborough Community College has five campuses in the Tampa area. Its adult vocational programs award students certificates for training hours completed for a variety of in-demand jobs.
High school graduates looking to work in the automotive industry have three options from which to choose from. A 1,400-hour autobody collision repair and refinishing program offers training in areas, such as nonstructural and structural repair, estimating and automotive painting. Those wishing to learn about automotive service technology can take an 1,950800-hour course and those interested in diesel mechanics can enroll in a 1,950050-hour program.
Dental Hygiene/Assisting Degree Program
Through classroom instruction and clinical practice in this Associate of Science program, adult students are prepared for employment in multiple types of dental care offices. Skills acquired include exposing and processing dental X-rays, root planing and polishing.
Welding Technology Program
Graduates of this 1,0150-hour program learn about various welding processes to prepare for the applied welder certification. Course topics cover gas metal, shielded metal, flux, and gas tungsten arc, work in large buildings that require comprehensive maintenance. The curriculum includes courses in electricity, air conditioning and welding .
Early Childhood Education Programs
Students can enroll in a 63-credit Associate of Science in Early Childhood Management program that emphasizes the education, care and guidance of children. They can also earn an Early Childhood Staff Credential by completing 610 hours of training.