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Gov. DeSantis, Education Commissioner announce Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities grant awardees

$10 million to support the expansion of local registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
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Posted at 10:37 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 10:37:24-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTLXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, announced the awardees of the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant On Tuesday.

The $10 million is awarded to school districts, colleges, state universities, and private training entities to start or expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the state.

“The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program has been a priority of this administration since day one. Expanding registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs not only is a strategic investment in our state’s workforce, but it addresses the state’s skills gap, provides support for employers and residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“The Department of Education’s successes around expanding quality workforce education and training is bar-none the best in the nation. Our commitment to registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs demonstrates this,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “It is also important that these training programs lead to a high-quality degree, which is why we are also focused on their connection to our higher education system.”

During the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to secure historic funding for Florida’s students and families, which totals $20 million dedicated to registered apprenticeships.

This year’s awardees are:

School Districts
Broward School District
Palm Beach School District
Miami-Dade School District
Collier School District
St. Lucie School District
Sumter School District
Brevard School District
Volusia School District
Santa Rosa School District
Orange County School District
Flagler School District
Baker School District
Lee School District
Hillsborough School District

Florida College System Institutions
Tallahassee Community College
Broward College
College of the Florida Keys
South Florida State College
Indian River State College
Hillsborough Community College
Pasco-Hernando State College
Daytona State College

Florida Universities
Florida International University
University of Miami

Other Eligible Entities
Power Design, Inc.
FloridaMakes, Inc.
AmSkills, Inc.
iBuild Central Florida
Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northeast Florida Builders Association
TruMont, LLC.
Manasota Air Conditioning Contracters Association
ABC Institute, Inc.
SpaceTEC Partners, Inc.
Jacksonville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
Independent Electrical Contractors-Florida West Coast Chapter 1

The hallmark of the registered apprenticeship model is that most of the knowledge and skill acquisition is done through on-the-job training (OJT). During this time of uncertainty related to COVID-19, registered apprenticeship programs continue to provide maximum flexibility in the delivery of OJT.

For more information about the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program visit or email Henry Mack, the Chancellor for the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career, Technical & Adult Education at