Ron DeSantis, Richard Corcoran Award $7 Million in Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grants

On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Richard Corcoran revealed which school districts, universities, colleges and private institutions have been awarded the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant.

Earlier this year, DeSantis and the Legislature agreed for $10 million for the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program. DeSantis and Corcoran announced that $7 million of those funds have been awarded.

“The program provides competitive grants to eligible institutions to create or expand apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. Of the $10 million in state funding, nearly $3 million still remains,” the governor’s office noted.

“Ensuring for a talented, well-educated workforce matters for the success of Florida’s economy and the health of our democracy, and I am thrilled to award these institutions with the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant,” said DeSantis. “By investing in workforce education and apprenticeship programs, we are ensuring Florida’s students will have new opportunities and career paths. I am committed to making sure Florida is on track to being the best state in the nation for workforce education by 2030, and this grant creates the conditions for the talented workforce our state needs.”

“Governor DeSantis has remained committed to expanding opportunities to build a strong workforce in Florida, and this grant is just another way we will ensure Floridians have access to a world-class education and a highly skilled workforce,” said Corcoran. “Statewide interest is at an all-time high, and this grant will have a positive impact on the lives of Florida’s students for years to come.”

“We stand behind Governor DeSantis and our partners throughout the state as they advance career paths for all Floridians,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson. “Providing diverse career training opportunities for Floridians throughout the state will continue to grow and evolve our workforce, communities and economy.”

“Governor DeSantis continues to demonstrate his commitment to strengthening workforce education and training, including apprenticeships, with today’s announcement of $7 million in grants awarded to education and business entities statewide to expand these programs,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “Apprenticeships are a proven solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers, and the CareerSource Florida network is honored to be working closely with our state partners to help more employers build their own apprenticeships and other training programs to meet critical talent needs.”

The school districts listed below have received funding:

Bay School District

Brevard School District
Plumber/Pipefitter/Sheet Metal Worker
Plumber/Pipefitter & Steamfitter/Sheet Metal Worker/ Electrician

Broward School District
Yacht Service Technician

Collier School District

Flagler School District

Hillsborough School District
Tampa Ironworkers Pre-apprenticeship

Lake School District
Construction Technologies
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Marion School District

Orange School District

Osceola School District
Automotive Service (2)
Building Construction

Palm Beach School District
Heating and Air Installer

Pinellas School District

Santa Rosa School District
Heating and Air Installer and Servicing/Plumbing/Pipefitters/Steamfitters

Seminole School District
Construction Trades

St. Lucie School District

The colleges listed below have received funding:

College of Central Florida
Hospitality Management

Daytona State College

Hillsborough Community College
Electrical Contractors

Indian River State College
Welding Fabricator
Culinary Operations Management

Miami Dade College
Help Desk Tech/Customs Broker/Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Riggings and System Assemblers/Accountant/Management Analyst

Northwest Florida State College

South Florida State College
Advanced Patient Care Tech

The universities listed below have received funding:

Florida International University
ABC Institute Electrical Apprenticeship Program/Plumbers Contractors Association

The private institutions listed below have received funding:

ICTC Governing Board 



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