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    The Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP) offers FREE training and classes for qualified refugees who meet certain Eligibility Criteria*. The goal of the program is to help refugees learn English, get their GED, and obtain career skills and training. 


    PREP Mission Statement:  To assist refugees, asylees, and parolees in achieving English literacy, training in a technical skill, and securing gainful employment in a satisfying career, with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. 
     
    Resources and Services

    PREP offers ESOL classes at both Pinellas Technical College campuses (Clearwater and St. Petersburg). 

    PREP also offers the following resources and services:

    • Career assessment and exploration
    • Guidance counseling and acculturation
    • ESOL, ABE, GED, and citizenship instruction offered at various locations
    • Online ESOL instruction
    • Assistance with educational costs
    • Transportation and child care assistance
    • Case management and follow-up
    • Various Pinellas Technical College career training options available once English proficiency is achieved
    • Referrals for employment
    • Translation and interpreter services

    *Eligibility Criteria 

    Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP) offers free classes for:
      *Qualified adult refugees of all nationalities
      *Cuban/Haitian entrants, including parolees and asylum applicants
      *Asylees of all nationalities, who have been in the United States 5 years or fewer
      *Amerasians
      *Certified victims of trafficking
      *Lawful permanent residents who adjusted from prior refugee, entrant or asylee status
      *Special immigrants of Iraqi or Afghan nationality

    Tampa Bay Refugee Stories

    “The Long Road Home”
    PREP, the Digital Video Production Department of Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, and Refugee Services of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) have collaborated to produce a wonderfully insightful video about the refugee experience. This documentary gives a glimpse into the journey of seven refugees from around the globe who have now found a new home in Tampa Bay.  To watch the video, click here.  

    “Refugees: Roads To Success” PREP, the Digital Video Production Department of Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg, and Refugee Services of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) have again combined resources to create another revealing documentary film about how five refugee adults and one refugee student overcome individual challenges to achieve vocational and academic success in the Tampa Bay area. To watch the video, click here.

    PREP is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement and administered by the Florida Department of Children & Families.

    DCF Logo To learn more, contact us:

    Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg Campus
    901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL  33711
    Phone: (727) 217-7635, ext. 1005
    Doug Haskitt, Program Coordinator
    haskittd@pcsb.org

    Administrative Staff Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

    ESOL Class Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm

    Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus
    6100 154th Avenue North, Clearwater, FL  33760
    Phone:  (727) 217-7635, ext. 1000

    ESOL Class Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm