Governor Announces $30 Million Initiative to Support Workforce Development Along Florida’s Space and Treasure Coasts

Florida – Friday, September 16, 2022: Governor DeSantis announced Friday that nearly $30 million will be dedicated to supporting workforce development in the Space and Treasure Coast region as part of a multi-agency initiative to support competitive industries. of the region.

“I have set a goal to make Florida the best state in the nation for workforce training by 2030 — and we’re doing it by making investments that expand opportunities and meet the needs of the workforce. ‘industry,” the governor said at a news conference in Daytona Beach on Friday.

The governor said there are currently more than 91,000 manufacturing and aerospace technology jobs on the Space Coast, and “this $30 million investment will create more opportunities for Floridians.”

By combining existing sources of funding and utilizing a powerful sector-focused strategy, this initiative will effectively focus on employers’ workforce needs, help strengthen the talent pool on the East Coast of Florida and will connect job seekers with meaningful opportunities. Industries that will benefit from these investments include aviation and aerospace, defense, manufacturing, cybersecurity and information technology.

The Department of Economic Opportunity, Department of Education, CareerSource Florida, Enterprise Florida, and Space Florida worked to identify high-demand industries and match them with workforce training opportunities in Space regions. Coast and Treasure Coast. Indian River State College is among the schools that will benefit.

Investment Highlights

Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund ($11.5 million) to expand and support the machining, welding, fabrication, and avionics training programs at Eastern Florida State College, Daytona State College, and Indian River State College. The Governor’s Jobs Growth Grant Fund promotes public infrastructure and workforce training across the state.

• Indian River State College – to design, equip and launch the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center that will expand training and employment opportunities
for students and support the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry in the region.

• East Florida State College – to transition and enhance its aircraft maintenance programs, integrate composite training and avionics, and expand the
existing college aerospace technology programs.

• Daytona State College – to expand the college’s machining and welding technology programs, with intentional efforts to expand the labor pool by increasing
dual enrollment and strengthening pathways from kindergarten to post-secondary.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ($9.0 million) to create the Florida Atlantic Workforce Alliance, a collaborative effort between labor boards, educational institutions and school systems and employers in aerospace, aviation, cybersecurity and manufacturing counties from Flagler to Martin. WIOA creates a comprehensive workforce development system that helps job seekers and employers.

The Florida Department of Education’s Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant (PCOG) program ($6.4 million)) – develop and expand apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs in Machining and Welding, Aerospace, Cyber ​​Security and Electrical at EFSC, DSC and CIHR. The PCOG program is appropriate under Florida State General Appropriations Law to establish or expand registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs.

• Indian River State College – develop industry-tailored advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs and other transportation and logistics programs
and expand the current Bootcamp and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program.

• St. Lucie County School District – to introduce welding concepts and give high school students a pathway to welding apprenticeship programs. In addition,
They will implement an 18-month pre-apprenticeship program to introduce students to supply chain and logistics technical education.

• East Florida State College – to develop pre-apprenticeship pathways and support the Space Coast Machining Apprenticeship Program, the Space Coast
Consortium Learning Program (Mechatronics, CNC Machining, Composites and Welding) and Technology and Health Learning Program
(cyber security).

• Daytona State College – work with the Volusia County School District to expand its pre-apprenticeship electrical program and link it more closely to
electrical apprenticeship programs.

• Brevard public schools – offer a Certified Logistics Associate course that provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to understand procurement
line, material handling, quality control, workplace communication and problem solving.

• Indian River County School District – to begin a 4,000 hour apprenticeship in the aviation industry to include welders. This program will teach major students
welding processes and provide on-the-job training.

• Florida Makes ($1.16 million) – Florida Makes to Serve as Registered Apprenticeship Program Sponsor for Advanced Manufacturing and Production
Technology courses.

Florida Department of Education Cyber/IT Pathways Grant Program, ($3 million) to develop, expand and support cybersecurity programs at EFSC, DSC and CIHR. The Cybersecurity and Information Technology Pathways (Cyber/IT Pathways) program is a joint initiative of the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber ​​Florida) to inspire and prepare more students to pursue fulfilling careers and lucrative businesses in the field of cybersecurity/information technology. (IT) while helping fill a national skills gap in these areas.

• Indian River State College – support training in non-credit certifications that can be used to meet the immediate needs of local employers.

• East Florida State College – upgrade and expand existing cybersecurity programs to include articulation agreements and industry training in the
NIST/CMMC certified.

• Daytona State College – develop a state-of-the-art center for cybersecurity on the campus of its Advanced Technology College and urgently provide
the training of incumbent workers in a targeted effort to retain current highly skilled professionals in an ever-changing field.

Michael A. Bynum