Break Into Technology Fields With PITCH; Register by May 7

PITCH Program Classes

Occupations in technology are the fastest growing career sector nationally and locally, and St. Petersburg College and the City of St. Petersburg are offering an opportunity for FREE training – the PITCH Program.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.” These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

PITCH Program

PITCH InformationThe free PITCH Program provides healthcare and technology training for African-American males between the ages of 18 to 24.

SPC partnered with the City of St. Petersburg’s Cohort of Champions to design the program. PITCH, which stands for Persistence Incorporated inTo College, Hired, delivers high quality educational, career, and character development training for African-American males who live in St. Petersburg. Students will have an opportunity to further their education by acquiring an industry-wide certification or college degree in a supportive environment.

The program offers FREE tuition and books, the chance to earn college credits, career opportunities, interactive workshops, and focused end-of-the-course test prep.

Enrolling into the PITCH program is easy and the classes are conveniently offered. Career training and GED classes will be held at the SPC Midtown Cecil B. Keene Center. Character development workshops will be hosted at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

Attend the May 8 orientation at the SPC Midtown Douglas L. Jamerson Center to learn more!

PITCH Summer Term curriculum
  • SSC 1101 Smart Start Orientation
  • Intro to Comp TIA A+ Training Session 1&2
  • Comp TIA A+ Training Session 1
  • Comp TIA A+ Training Session 2
  • Intro to Mobile Device Repair Training Session 1&2
  • Mobile Device Repair Training – (5/14/2018 to 6/14/2018)
  • Test Prep
  • Career readiness Workshops & Seminars
  • Meet Regularly with PITCH Advisors
Important dates and locations
  • PITCH Spring Registration Deadline: Monday, May 7
  • PITCH Orientation: Tuesday, May 8 at 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Summer Program Begin: Wednesday, May 14
  • Summer Program End:  Thursday, Aug. 2

All courses for the program are offered at SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus and the SPC Midtown Douglas L. Jamerson Center.

Technology degrees at SPC

Students who successfully complete this program can earn college credit and consider enrolling in SPC technology programs. These programs offer opportunities to earn additional certifications as well associate and bachelor’s degrees.

SPC can train students for a long-term information technology career. With degrees and certificates in computer programming, cybersecurity, computer networking, web development, and technology management, the college offers educational pathways that prepare students for the best technology jobs.

Get more information

For more information about PITCH, please contact PITCH Advisors Ernest Gant at 727-302-6550 or or Jerick Daniels at 727-302-6550 or


2 thoughts on “Break Into Technology Fields With PITCH; Register by May 7

  1. Why is this program not open to everyone, male or female – of any age, interested in a healthcare or technology career?

    1. Hi – Thanks for your feedback and question.

      The City of St. Petersburg – Cohort of Champions, in partnership with SPC, is currently implementing this grant for African – American males 18 – 24 to receive these free training certifications.

      However, if you or anyone else between the ages of 17-29 would like the opportunity to take advantage of these same certifications, please visit to apply for free training funds.

      If you have any additional questions, please contact La’Kesha O’Neal at 727-341-3069.

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