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Department of Commerce grants TCC over $1.2M to establish Welding facility

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 11:15:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Community College will be receiving a $1.25 million grant from the Economic Development Administration to help establish a Welding Technology training facility.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, made the announcement on Friday morning .

According to EDA officials, the Welding Technologies Laboratory will be located at the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

“The Trump Administration has made rebuilding America’s manufacturing industry a priority and is working hard to provide American workers with the skills they need to get good jobs, including through the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Tallahassee Community College’s new Welding Technologies Laboratory will help the region’s businesses compete by providing a state-of-the art facility that will help train students for in-demand jobs. Additionally, the project’s location in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone will help attract additional investment through special tax incentives.”

Officials say the project will to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone and will be matched with $313,692 in local investment.

“As the economies of our state and country evolve, we want to ensure that we are giving students every opportunity to be successful,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This new Welding Technologies Laboratory at Tallahassee Community College will expand career opportunities and provide students with a technical skill that will enable them to succeed in the high-demand jobs of the future. With the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce, we will continue towards our goal of making Florida the number one state for career and technical education.”

This investment will allow the college to continue its history of serving workers who want to learn new marketable technical skills that are in demand in the growing economy.