During Apprenticeship Week, Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $14.4 Million to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities in Florida
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the awarding of $14.4 million through the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant (PCOG) to fund 57 proposals to start, expand or operate registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs at Florida school districts, colleges, state universities and private training entities. This funding will support more than 5,000 participants as they commit to receive on-the-job training and related classroom instruction simultaneously.

The Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. commented on the announcement saying that it builds upon Florida's historic participation in apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs as the state experienced a 14 percent increase in the number of active apprentices and preapprentices since last year. He further added that this commitment provides students all across Florida a chance to acquire industry-endorsed credentials and postsecondary achievements to prepare for a career with substantial earnings.

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To date, over $60 million has been awarded through PCOG with 253 proposals funded, over 11,000 participants served and over 250 businesses supported. As a result of this investment in education and hands-on career experience, individuals are empowered to achieve their full potential while supporting the continued economic prosperity of the state.

Governor Ron DeSantis has set a goal of making Florida the number one state in the nation for workforce education by 2030. To make this goal a reality, he has committed more than $6.8 billion to workforce education and training which makes Florida number one in the nation for attracting and developing a skilled workforce.

Currently there are nearly 800,000 K–12 career and technical education (CTE) students — the highest in the state's history — more than 380,000 postsecondary CTE students, and nearly 20,000 registered apprentices engaged in workforce education across Florida.

For more information about these programs visit www.fldoe.org/pathwaysgrant or ApprenticeFlorida.com respectively

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