Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces More Than $1.8 Million for Miami-Dade College Construction Trade Institute through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund
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~ Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced that Miami-Dade College has been awarded more than $1.8 million through the Governor's Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to establish the Miami-Dade College Construction Trade Institute (CTI). The institute will provide a centralized location for the college's technical construction courses and expand course offerings that equip students with practical skills to find career opportunities in the growing construction and technology sectors.

CTI will offer multiple construction certifications, including HVAC, welding, electrical, building maintenance, project supervision, basic construction skills, data analytics, and general contracting. It is projected to have more than 1,500 completers over a ten-year period, a 34 percent increase in completers entering Florida's technical workforce.

Lieutenant Governor Nuñez commented on the award saying "Under Governor DeSantis' leadership, consistent and strategic investments in Florida's technical workforce drive Florida's nation-leading economy forward today and help prepare for the growth Florida will see in the coming years. Today's award to Miami-Dade College will help ensure that the local workforce is prepared to meet the needs of tomorrow's industries."

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Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly also expressed his support for this initiative saying "Thanks to Governor DeSantis' bold economic vision for Florida's economy, Florida residents have more access to dynamic workforce training that translate to long-term growth. CTI will simultaneously provide opportunities for Floridians and help meet the needs of our state's competitive industries — a true win-win for job seekers and job creators."

This award follows more than $142 million awarded through the Job Growth Grant Fund since 2019 for projects that focus on rapidly developing a highly skilled workforce and on infrastructure initiatives that attract businesses, create jobs, and promote economic growth. The Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by FloridaCommerce and are chosen by Governor DeSantis to meet the demands for workforce training or infrastructure needs in communities around the state. Applications are currently being accepted until all funding has been awarded; more information can be found at www.FloridaJobs.org/JobGrowth.

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