TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s unemployment rate is just over 10%. Tallahassee Community College has a new program to help people get back to work.
These scholarships were made possible by money from the CARES Act. They will cover between 50-100% of tuition.
The programs that can utilize the scholarship opportunities are Medical Administrative Specialist, Industrial Machinery Maintenance (IMM), Welding, Cybersecurity, Commercial Vehicle Driving (CVD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).
All seven programs chosen are currently in high demand. Projections show those fields will grow by an average of 10% over the next 8-years.
“We’re looking at individuals who were working, they were on a path and then for whatever reason they weren’t even thinking about what do I want to do next,” said Kimberly Moore – VP Workplace Innovation TCC. “This gives them an opportunity to do it hand in hand with a community partner, the college and what their future good be. And looking at moving them from what would’ve been a vulnerable industry into a less vulnerable industry that has a career path.”
Another reason why those programs were chosen is because of the salaries they command.
“If you look at the wages they’re going from $20 to right near the top at $50 an hour,” said Moore. “We wanted to make sure that we focused on those areas that, whether the individual decided to stay local or move throughout Florida or even the nation. That they could gain a certification that would allow them to be self-sufficient and earn a good wage at the same time.”