Nearly $3 million in funding dedicated to career and technical education remains available

Tallahassee, Fla.– Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced the school districts, universities, colleges and private institutions who have been awarded with the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant.

During the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to secure historic funding for Florida’s students and families, including $10 million dedicated to career and technical education for the newly created Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program. 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.

“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 Governor 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 DOE Commissioner Richard 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 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
    • Welding
  • Brevard School District
    • Plumber/Pipefitter/Sheet Metal Worker
    • Machinist
    • Plumber/Pipefitter & Steamfitter/Sheet Metal Worker/ Electrician
  • Broward School District
    • Machinist
    • Yacht Service Technician
  • Collier School District
    • HVAC-R
  • Flagler School District
    • HVAC/Electrician
  • Hillsborough School District
    • Tampa Ironworkers Pre-apprenticeship
  • Lake School District
    • Construction Technologies
    • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Marion School District
    • Carpentry
  • Orange School District
    • Pharmacy
    • Welding
  • Osceola School District
    • Automotive Service (2)
    • Building Construction
  • Palm Beach School District
    • Heating and Air Installer
  • Pinellas School District
    • Teaching
  • Santa Rosa School District
    • Heating and Air Installer and Servicing/Plumbing/Pipefitters/Steamfitters
  • Seminole School District
    • Construction Trades
  • St. Lucie School District
    • Manufacturing
    • Carpentry

The colleges listed below have received funding:

  • College of Central Florida
    • Hospitality Management
  • Daytona State College
    • Plumbing
  • Hillsborough Community College
    • Electrical Contractors
  • Indian River State College
    • Pharmacy
    • Welding Fabricator
    • Culinary Operations Management
    • Electrician
  • Miami Dade College
    • Help Desk Tech/Customs Broker/Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Riggings and System Assemblers/Accountant/Management Analyst
  • Northwest Florida State College
    • Machinist
    • Plumbing
    • Carpentry
  • 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 dba AMskills
    • Manufacturing

For more information on the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program, visit



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