DeSantis Gives $1.6 Million to Tallahassee Community College to Expand Medical Programs

August 10, 2022 Updated 12:02 PM ET

Gov. Ron DeSantis announces funding to Tallahassee Community College.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announces funding to Tallahassee Community College.

August 10, 2022 Updated 12:02 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded around $1.6 million to the Tallahassee Community College (TCC) via the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to “enhance workforce education opportunities in the healthcare industry.”

The money will go towards the TCC expanding surgical technology, dental hygiene, and dental assisting programs by making new purchases of equipment used to train and enroll students in the medical programs. Watch the video announcement here.

“I am proud to award this funding to Tallahassee Community College to enhance the skilled workforce in the Big Bend region and to provide Floridians with another pathway for success,” DeSantis said. “My administration will continue to invest in workforce development and equip Floridians with the skills necessary to thrive in the workforce and support their families.”

“These programs will address regional healthcare occupational needs not only in Leon County, but also in one of Florida’s Rural Areas of Opportunity, building and supporting a student pipeline at the TCC Gadsden campus,” a press release said.

“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida’s workforce continues to grow, and strategic investments made through the Job Growth Grant Fund continue to pave new career paths and expand job opportunities for hardworking Floridians across the state,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle. “These healthcare programs will serve as an economic catalyst in the region, encourage individual advancement, and develop a stronger workforce throughout the state.”

The governor’s office said that TCC expects to expand their critical healthcare program capacity to almost double what it currently is – graduating nearly 1,300 residents by the end of the project.

“We are thankful to the Governor for his support of the Florida College System and TCC’s workforce programs,” said Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President of TCC. “This generous grant will allow us to continue our work of providing students and adult learners with the skills needed for jobs in in-demand industries here in our community.”

Learn more about the Florida program here.

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