$10 million to support the expansion of local registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs

Tallahassee, Fla. – Registered Apprenticeship is a time tested training model to help residents upskill and acquire a nationally recognized postsecondary credential of value, while ensuring for higher earnings. Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, are excited to announce the awardees of the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant. $10 million is awarded to the following school districts, colleges, state universities, and private training entities to start or expand registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship 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 preapprenticeship 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 preapprenticeship 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 www.fldoe.org/pathwaysgrant or email Henry Mack, the Chancellor for the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career, Technical & Adult Education at Chancellor2@fldoe.org.



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