​​​Are You Ready for the Armed Forces?


Armed Services Contact Information:


Ron Williams
Veteran Employment Representative
WorkNet Pinellas
624 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph  (727) 608-2543
Fax (727) 329-1497


Lynette Cartagena
Veterans Employment Representative
WorkNet Pinellas
624 1st Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph (727) 608-2533
Fax (727) 329-1497


Recruitment Offices:


​​​Are You Ready for College?

Why go to College?


What to Consider with a 2-Year College/Community College


What to Consider with a 4-Year College/University​


How to Apply to College​

  • Applying to college

  • Florida College Websites 

    • Online applications are available for Florida's public colleges, universities, and career technical centers and some private colleges, too. When you apply to a college, your information is saved so it can be used for applying to other colleges (with the exception of a few school-specific questions).


Types of Financial Aid Available​

​Types of aid available include Grants, Scholarships, Loans, & Student Work Study:

  • Review the college’s financial aid website for all available types of aid

  • Apply for a Pell Grant

  • Complete the school’s general scholarship application and be sure to check that you want to apply for any scholarship for which you meet the criteria.

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid)


​What if I Have a Disability?​


What are Tuition and Fee Waivers?

​Fee Exemptions Florida Statute: Per s. 1009.25 (2)(c)

(c) A student who is or was at the time he or she reached 18 years of age in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services or a relative under s. 39.5085, who is adopted from the Department of Children and Family Services after May 5, 1997, or who, after spending at least 6 months in the custody of the department after reaching 16 years of age, was placed in a guardianship by the court. Such exemption includes fees associated with enrollment in career-preparatory instruction and completion of the college-level communication and computation skills testing program. Such an exemption is available to any student who was in the custody of a relative under s. 39.5085 at the time he or she reached 18 years of age or was adopted from the Department of Children and Family Services after May 5, 1997; however, the exemption remains valid for no more than 4 years after the date of graduation from high school.


Undergraduate Fee Exemption Form - Take this form to the College when you initially apply.


Are You Ready to Finish High School?


Free Tutoring

Having trouble with your homework? The Homework Helpline provides service to students of Pinellas County's Schools from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The helpline telephone number is (727) 547-7223.


Several Programs offer free tutoring:


There are several community-faith based organizations that offers free after school tutors:

  • Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 3500 18th Ave. So St. Petersburg (727) 460-7851

  • Moore's Chapel, (727) 321-3187

  • St. Mark AME (727) 906-4921​

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters Org, (727) 518-8860

  • St. Pete Urban League, (727) 327-2081


Disability and IEP​


When am I too old for High School?​


For College Planning

​According to State University System (SUS) general admission requirements, home-schooled students should submit an affidavit signed by the student’s parent or legal guardian attesting that the student has completed a home education program that includes the 4-4-3-3 core curriculum plus 2 consecutive levels of a Foreign Language. See the Home School Completion Affidavit on page 13 of the guide below: 


Need Assistance with Pregnancy or Children to Remain in School?​

  • Drop Out Prevention

  • Teen Parenting Services

    • Teen Parent Social Workers are assigned to all PCS schools. If not enrolled in school or if a contact name is needed, first contact: Teen Parenting Services at 727-588-6000 ext 6070

  • Pinellas County Child Care Resource Referral line: (727) 547-5750


Classes are free to any parent (ages 16 and older) not enrolled in day high school, whose reading, math, or language skills are below 9th grade level and who has at least one child under the age of 8. Enrollment is open entry. Students are required to be in class a minimum of 50% of the hours offered and to participate in all four components of the program. Upon intake, students are given assessment tests to help with proper placement and instruction. Most classrooms use computer-aided instruction as well as textbooks. Instruction consists of whole group lessons, parenting lessons, and also individualized with teacher assistance as needed. The Even Start program removes the barriers that prevent students from receiving a high school diploma; such as, child care and transportation.

Are You Ready to Start?


Obtain and organize your personal records, ID cards, and drivers license.

Information about the following topics can be found on pages 9-10 of the booklet On Your Own But Not Alone.

1. Birth Certificate

2. Social Security Card

3. Medical and School Records

4. Florida Drivers License

5. Florida Identification Card
6. Foster Card Records
7. Voter ID
8. Health Insurance Card