Workforce Education Funding Opportunities

Students and community members are encouraged to apply for the many workforce funding opportunities to help you gain skills and credentials to enhance your employment prospects. Click the funding opportunity below for more details and steps to apply.

Lee County’s Economic Development Office awarded FSW $1 million to providing funding for select credit and non-credit workforce programs offered at FSW. Lee County residents who enroll into ARPA-eligible programs may qualify for funding to cover in-state tuition and fees.

ARPA Programs

  • 17 programs to include badges, CCCs, and AS degree programs.

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FSW was awarded $1.98 million for its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant proposal to provide residents of southwest Florida an expanded pathway to multiple in-demand industry certificates. Certificates include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel Associate, Microsoft Excel Expert, CompTIA A+, CompTIA A++, CompTIA Linux +, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security +. Participants will be supported through enhanced coursework and supplemental certification test prep.

The Open Door Grant is a funding opportunity offered by Florida SouthWestern State College through the Florida Department of Education for workforce education programs. Open Door is designed to help students earn workforce degrees and certificates for high-demand industry jobs. Students interested in this potential funding opportunity must be enrolled in an eligible program of study, and meet the funding criteria. Visit for details.

FSW is committed to the residents of southwest Florida. Earning your GED will open new doors to many exciting opportunities. One of these new opportunities is access to higher education. With the completion of your GED, you are now eligible for admission to FSW and FSW is committed to your success!

Partner Institutions

  • Charlotte County Adult Education
  • Collier County Adult Education
  • Hendry County Adult Education
  • Lee County Adult Education

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