The College of the Florida Keys’ Key West campus offers a vocational certificate to become a Yamaha portable outboard maintenance technician. CONTRIBUTED

The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) is offering four Rapid Credential programs at no cost to students starting in the spring semester, which begins Jan. 8. The opportunities are part of a statewide initiative to help individuals, particularly those hurt by the pandemic, quickly train for a career. The programs are funded by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Fund. 

Costs covered in CFK’s Rapid Credential programs include tuition, course fees, textbooks and testing costs. There are no financial need requirements for students; however, they must complete the prescribed courses in the set timeframe. Program lengths range from one semester to one-and-a-half semesters. Some coursework will be online and some in person, depending on the program. All classes and activities on campus follow CDC guidelines and local safety ordinances. 

Rapid Credential Programs starting spring 2021: 

Entrepreneurship (12 credits): Classes online or online and Key West Campus 

Professional Dive Instructor (15 credits): Key West Campus 

Yamaha Portable Outboard Maintenance Technician Certificate: Key West Campus 

Emergency Medical Technician (12 credits): Key West Campus or Key Largo 

Prospective students can learn more at the Rapid Credential virtual information session on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a code to waive the $30 College application fee. Registration for the free information event is required. Visit the College’s website at to learn more. For more information, contact Marissa Owens at [email protected] or call 305-809-3207.

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