Training & Education

Training and Education Program

Training & Development

Employee training can be found on NEOGOV. After logging into NEOGOV, select Training, and Course Catalog.

SJC Tuition Reimbursement Program

While paying for employees’ college costs can be expensive, our tuition-reimbursement program is an effective way to retain good workers. It fosters job satisfaction, improves productivity and contributes to our overall success. SJC may pay up to $2000 per fiscal year for employees seeking further education. Employees MUST apply for this benefit PRIOR to registration to ensure funds are available. Tuition Reimbursement Application

Featured Education Resources & Programs

Flagler College Public Administration Program

Interested in earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration? The Public Administration (PAD) program at Flagler College was established specifically to assist working public service professionals and open to professionals who are employed full-time in public service and non-profit agencies in our region. Curriculum includes management, finance, human resources, administrative ethics, program evaluation, public policy and grant writing.

Applications are invited from students who have earned one or more of the following: Associate of Arts degree, or *Associate of Science degree, or *60 transferable college credits in which a grade of C or better was earned from a regionally accredited college or university.

Barry University Public Service Tuition Discount

Tuition Discount: Barry University is currently offering a deep tuition discount for all Public Service Employees to include their spouses and dependents. GRE/MAT Testing is Waived. 12 Classes. Application Fee is Waived.

For more information, call Barry University Jacksonville at (904) 619-5105.

Barry University Location

4401 Salisbury Road, Third Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 394-0875
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Barry University Accelerated Degree Programs

Barry University is currently accepting applications for the Master’s in Public Administration Program (MPA). Classes will be held in St. Johns County.

Accelerated Masters Degree Program – Application Fee is waived. This is designed as a professional development program for adult learners with a focus on the administration of public, nonprofit, and other organizations that serve a public purpose. 12 classes, GRE/MAT’s waived, Accelerated 8-week terms, Personalized academic and financial aid counseling.

Bachelors Degree Program – Application Fee is waived. Qualifying full time students can earn (up to) 30 credits through the Portfolio Program. Qualifying full time students can earn up to 30 credits through our Portfolio Program.

For more information, call Barry University Jacksonville at (904) 619-5105, or visit

Employee Development

Tuition Reimbursement – Eligible employees may request up to $2,000 for the fiscal year with successful course completions as of October 1. Applications can be submitted via interoffice mail, email Carrie Barbosa or hand delivered to HR. Your application will be reviewed and response provided within two weeks. If approved, your reimbursement check will be mailed directly to your home address. For questions, please email Carrie Barbosa. See below for more information on eligibility and application process. Tuition Reimbursement Application

Employee development is essential in attracting and retaining a knowledgeable and skilled workforce and supports the overall quality of services rendered to the public. Continuous investment in training and education is essential for improving the performance of the St. Johns County workforce and enhancing the services provided by the County Government.

It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Department to foster and promote opportunities for training and education to all County employees. The Human Resources Department shall manage all aspects of the program and ensure training is conducted in accordance with the goals set forth by the organization. The Human Resources Department shall support the achievement of the organizational goals by providing assistance to Department Directors in developing and conducting training to meet the specific needs of their departments.

All on-the-job training shall be conducted during normal business hours and department supervisors shall be responsible for the conduct and documentation of training. Newly hired employees shall participate in the established orientation training program and other continuing education and training opportunities when such instruction is considered necessary for satisfactory job performance.

Leadership development programs shall be an inherent element of supervisory and management development for both new and present managers.

Compliance training shall be conducted at regular intervals and in accordance with regulations governing such training.

Requests for training shall be reviewed and approved by the employee’s immediate supervisor.

406.3 Budget/Funding
Training and continuing education funds managed by the Human Resources Department shall be expended for training which affects the majority of the organization and provides the greatest return on investment. Department specific training (technical) shall be budgeted for and funded by individual departments each fiscal year.

Training Funds Charge Back
The Human Resources Department provides a broad range of training without charge to individual departments. The Human Resources Department negotiates a “best price” with vendors and accepts participant enrollments sufficient to ensure a full class and to maximize the training dollars invested. Employees will occasionally have scheduling conflicts which require them to forego training. Failure to notify the Human Resources Department of their inability to attend the courses for which they are registered causes training seats to go unfilled. Many of these courses have a waiting list of prospective participants; thus, notification to the Human Resources Department, by employees who cannot attend, would enable other interested employees to receive the training. In an effort to minimize lost training dollars because of “no shows” it is necessary to charge back Departments for vacant training seats.

The Human Resources Department will charge back Departments for the cost of training for employees who do not notify the Human Resources Department, in writing, of their inability to attend the courses for which they have registered. The amount of the charge back to the Department will be the estimated cost of the empty seat for that training course. Departments may avoid this charge by ensuring that written cancellation is received by the Human Resources Department at least one (1) full business day prior to the start of the class or by substituting the employee with another to fill the reserved seat. Any funds transferred to the Human Resources Department for “no show” employees will be used to meet additional County training needs.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement may be provided, based on availability of funds, to all County employees who complete degree-seeking educational course work from accredited institutions. Such educational courses must apply to the employee’s field of work or directly contribute to the individual’s professional development plan. Reimbursement for tuition shall not exceed $2,000 per employee per fiscal year.

Participation in the tuition reimbursement program is available to all County employees provided they meet or exceed the one (1) year requirement as having served as a full time employee.

To participate in the program, upon the successful completion of approved course(s) within the same fiscal year, with a G.P.A. of 2.0 or better employees shall complete and submit the “Tuition Reimbursement Application” form to Human Resources, along with certification of successful course completion, itemized receipt for tuition and fees paid to the accredited institution and certification of any alternate financial assistance (scholarship, grants, etc).

Requests for reimbursement should be made no later than thirty (30) calendar days after completion of the course(s) and no later than September 15th of each year. Reimbursement for tuition shall only be made to employees who are on the active payroll at the time of the reimbursement request. Tuition assistance shall not be paid by the County if the same or similar benefit is provided by the Veteran’s Administration or other similar financial resource.

Separation from the County
If an employee voluntarily resigns employment or is terminated for gross misconduct prior to three (3) years after receiving tuition reimbursement, the employee shall refund the County a prorated portion of the reimbursed funds. The refund shall be prorated using a formula of 1/3rd for each full year worked after completion of the course(s). The refund will be due at the time of separation. Any refunds due the County and not paid at the time of separation, shall be deducted from the employee’s final pay. In the event there is a balance due after this deduction, the employee will have thirty (30) calendar days to make payment in full to the Human Resources Department to avoid legal action of recovery.