$1.9 Million Awarded for Middle, High Schools, and Colleges for Entrepreneurship Training

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

September 23, 2022 Updated 12:27 PM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $1.9 million for some middle schools, high schools, and colleges to teach students how to run a small business and connect them with opportunities in their area.

“Becoming a business owner is one of the best ways to achieve economic mobility,” DeSantis said. “And in Florida we have created a climate that allows small businesses to thrive.”

The money will support entrepreneurship education and training programs in eight state colleges and 17 school districts in Florida. Here is the list of institutions receiving awards.

“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has led the way in ensuring our students have adequate skills-based training through Career and Technical Education programs,” said Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. “These programs are rigorous, in-demand, and allow students the opportunity to dive into a career quickly and without debt.”

More than 20,000 students earned an industry certification in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) since 2020, the governor’s office said. The ESB certification is a professional exam validating the foundation-level concepts and knowledge of being a small business owner and entrepreneur.

“Florida has seen 1.5 million new business formations number one in the country by a long, long margin,” DeSantis said. “When I first took office, I set an ambitious goal for Florida to be the number one state for Workforce Education by 2030. We’ve worked hard to meet this goal by investing in meaningful workforce education programs from aspiring HVAC business owners to computer programmers and everything in between.”

The Perkins V Entrepreneurship Education and Training Grant funded the awards. The grant is designed to help grow entrepreneurship-related initiatives across the state’s career and technical education (CTE) programs.

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