DeSantis Awards $89 Million for Workforce Education, Florida’s Investment Exceeds $3.9 Billion

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

February 2, 2022 Updated 5:23 PM ET

February 2, 2022 Updated 5:20 P.M. ET

GAINESVILLE (FCV) – Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that $89 million in funding will be allocated towards workforce education initiatives. 

This includes the Career and Technical Education (CTE) charter schools initiative, high school CTE dual enrollment programs, apprenticeships, and IT training. 

By 2030, DeSantis’ goal is to make Florida the number one state in the nation for workforce education. 

“Today’s announcement will expand technical education opportunities across Florida, especially for high school students. These initiatives will also help businesses in Florida recruit highly-skilled workers to fill needed positions, thereby strengthening Florida’s economic base,” DeSantis said. 

Florida has already invested over $3.5 billion to expand training programs and workforce education. Wednesday’s announcement awarded colleges to authorize the operation of CTE charter schools, support additional workforce education initiatives, and educator resources. Data-driven support and educator resources will improve and expand entrepreneurship education and training. 

DeSantis has greatly advanced workforce education in Florida. Since 2019, 11 CTE baccalaureate degree programs have been added by the Florida College System. Also, 50 new apprenticeship programs have been added, making a total of 300 apprenticeship programs accessible. 

“Education is the great equalizer, and an educated workforce is an enormous asset for our state and national economy,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said.

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