TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Franklin School District and Tallahassee Community College have each received grants from the Florida Department of Education that aim to help expand entrepreneurship-related initiatives across the state’s career and technical education (CTE) programs.
Twenty-two agencies were awarded grants that ranged from $25,000 to $100,000 for each proposal as part of the FLDOE's Perkins V Entrepreneurship Education and Training Grant.
The Franklin School District was awarded $45,098 and TCC was awarded $100,000 in grant funds.
Florida’s Perkins V State Plan aims to create a robust entrepreneurial statewide ecosystem through its CTE programs.
According to the FLDOE, the $1.5 million will fund a variety of initiatives, such as teacher professional development and certification programs in entrepreneurship education to the development of student idea-accelerator programs or start-up CTE boot camps for budding entrepreneurs.
The money will also help with underwriting the costs associated with integrating entrepreneurship education and training into existing CTE programs of study.
The grant aims to help school districts and colleges expand community and business partnerships to better connect CTE students with area enterprises and venture capitalists.