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FSW Offers Free College-Credit Certificates and Micro-Credentialing to Eligible Lee County Residents

May 25, 2022

ARPA Lee County American Rescue Plan Act


MAY 25, 2022 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Through a partnership with the Lee County Economic Development Office, Lee County residents selecting to enroll in certain Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) college-credit certificate programs may be eligible for funding to support in-state tuition and fees provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (APRA).

FSW programs that are eligible for the funding are:

FSW School of Business and Technology

  • Accounting Technology Management, CCC
  • Computer Programmer, CCC
  • Financial Services Management, CCC
  • Information Technology Support Specialist, CCC
  • Network Security, CCC
  • Real Estate Paralegal, CCC
  • Risk Management & Insurance Management, CCC
  • Small Business Management, CCC
  • Business Analytics, AS
  • Computer Programming and Analysis, AS

School of Health Professions

  • Emergency Medical Technician, CCC

To be eligible, students must be Lee County residents, declare their program of study in one of the eligible FSW programs, commit to completing selected program of study by December 2023, and be available to work in Lee County, Fla.

Additionally, FSW’s Continuing Education department offers micro-credentialing classes that may be covered by ARPA funding. Many of these career-ready certificates are available online and are self-paced.

Micro-credential Programs

  • QuickBooks Certified Users Program
  • FSW Leadership Academy
  • FSW Customer Service Academy
  • Microsoft Office MOS
  • Waste Water Operators Certification
  • Drinking Water Operators Certification
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Phlebotomy
  • Nurse Remedial/Refresher Course

Online Programs

  • Insurance Customer Service Agent Certification
  • Insurance Accredited Claims Adjuster
  • Real Estate Pre-licensing
  • Property Management
  • Coding Boot Camp
  • Hazmat Train the Trainer

For more information, contact Adrian Kerr, executive director, FSW Continuing Professional Education, at 239-432-7313 or email


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: May 25, 2022

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