Governor DeSantis announces $ 5 million in funding for rural community workforce programs

Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday morning announced the investment of more than $ 5 million in workplace training programs in rural Florida communities. DeSantis has awarded more than $ 3.1 million to Florida State College in Jacksonville (FSCJ) to establish the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute, a center for business conduct that will expand the workforce training available at the Nassau Center in Canada. FSCJ.

The governor also announced a $ 2 million award to Big Bend Technical College in Perry for the construction of a new training lab and lecture hall for the health sciences program on the college campus.

“I am proud to present these awards to Florida State College in Jacksonville and Big Bend Technical College,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “These awards will advance Florida’s skilled workforce by providing Floridians with cutting-edge learning opportunities that will prepare and equip future workers while supporting the continued growth of their communities.”

The financial prize is expected to be used by FSCJ to purchase new training trucks and build two commercial vehicle driving areas for the Transportation Education Institute. Through the program, participants can obtain a Class B and Class C commercial driver’s license.

The announcement comes amid a global shortage of truck drivers contributing to the current supply chain slowdown. In November, DeSantis proclaimed Florida ports open for business in an effort to alleviate shipping delays due to bogged down ports on the West Coast.

“Business drivers are a critical part of our supply chain as these men and women help keep goods flowing efficiently within each of our communities,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault. “With these awards, Governor DeSantis offers more opportunities to this crucial industry, as the need for additional skilled drivers has been very clear, especially last year.”

DeSantis also announced Thursday its allocation of $ 12 million for rural communities affected by Hurricane Michael in 2018, covering the local portion of mitigation rewards to support disaster preparedness and support recovery efforts.

“Today, I was grateful for the opportunity to award $ 12 million through the Panhandle to continue to support the community’s continued recovery and resilience efforts,” said DeSantis. “We will continue to look for ways to help our rural communities rebuild themselves stronger than before, and we recognize that a storm of the magnitude of Hurricane Michael requires long-term commitment. “

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