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Next phase of funding announced for Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 12:15:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — To help with the economic impact of COVID-19 Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran have announced the next phase of funding for the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant.

According to a Governor's release, nearly $2.8 million is awarded to school districts, colleges and private entities to either start or expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the state.

Tallahassee Community College is one of the schools in our area to receive funding.

“The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant puts funding behind a time-tested workforce education model focused on talent development and reducing the statewide skills gap. We understand that some Florida employers who utilize the registered apprenticeship model to train their workforce may have halted their operations due to COVID-19,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As we announce the second award phase, I stand ready to assist employers and apprentices so getting a great education in high demand fields can continue.”

“The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant ensures that Governor DeSantis’ bold vision for expanding high quality workforce education is carried out, said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “The department is proud to work with these new awardees in the development of new, flexible and market-driven programs. This kind of workforce education matters for our state’s economic stability and vitality, especially during this time of trial.”

The school districts listed below received funding:

· Broward County School District
· Hillsborough School District
· Manatee School District
· Orange School District
· Osceola School District
· Palm Beach School District
· Pasco School District

The colleges listed below received funding:

· Eastern Florida State College
· Lake-Sumter State College
· St. Petersburg College
· Tallahassee Community College

The private entities listed below received funding:

· ABC Institute, Inc.
· Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, Inc.
· iBuild Central Florida
· Jacksonville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Inc., JACT Adult

Between both phases of the grant, 17 school districts (30 programs), 11 colleges (17 programs), one university (one program) and five private entities (six programs) received grants.

For more information about the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program, click here.