Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP)

Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP)

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 & interpreter services

Eligibility Criteria

Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP) offers free classes for:
1. Qualified adult refugees of all nationalities
2. Cuban/Haitian entrants, including parolees and asylum applicants
3. Asylees of all nationalities who have been in the United States 5 years or fewer
4. Amerasians
5. Certified victims of human trafficking
6. Lawful permanent residents who adjusted from prior refugee, entrant or asylee status
7. 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.  

Services and administrative tasks for all Post-Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) students will be transitioned from Pinellas Refugee Education Program (PREP) to Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) effective January 6, 2015. Click here for the Student Information Sheet.

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.

To learn more, contact us:

Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg Campus
901 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida  33711
Phone: (727) 217-7635
Doug Haskitt, Program Coordinator, ext. 1000

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

ESOL Class Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

ESOL Class Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm