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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Announces $2.3 Million In Workforce Training Funding

 

Governor Ron DeSantis
Governor Ron DeSantis 

At a press briefing earlier today, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced millions in funding for workforce training programs. He Announced $2.3 Million In Workforce Training Funding. These programs will help Floridians earn high-wage jobs and support the supply chain that is currently in great need of workers. Ron DeSantis made the announcement at the Hardee Campus of South Florida State College, an award recipient and strong performer in the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) rapid credentialing program.

“Workforce education provides a pathway for Floridians to succeed, but also helps alleviate the damage being wrought by inflation and supply chain interruptions,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We are facing supply chain shortages caused by bad federal policies and a lack of investment in workers across our country. In Florida, we are stepping up by providing support to skilled trades that are essential for a strong economy.”

This funding will help students across the state access to workforce education. Rapid credentialing programs are designed to accelerate pandemic recovery for our residents and the state economy by increasing all of Florida’s state and technical colleges’ capacity to enroll and graduate students in short-term, in-demand, high-wage occupation and workforce programs.

“From the beginning, Ron DeSantis has shown his commitment to workforce education and the impact it has on our economy,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. 

The funds are made available through the Gov.’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funding to support rapid training programs, spanning six to sixteen weeks, in the areas of CDL, logistics and healthcare. Since the outset of the pandemic, DeSantis has prioritized $35 million in GEER I funds for short-term training programs at Florida’s state and technical colleges. This led to more than 18,000 short-term certifications within a year, in addition to increasing the number of graduates from CTE programs statewide since 2019 to over 63,000.

 Institutions that will receive funding are:

$930,000 to State College of Florida for CDL training

$550,000 to Manatee Technical College for Logistics (forklift) and CDL training

$415,000 to South Florida State College for CDL training

$100,000 to North Florida Technical College for CDL training

$135,000 to Florida Gateway College for Licensed Practical Nursing training.

$150,000 to College of Florida Keys for Licensed Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology training.



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