MELBOURNE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Monday afternoon with Education Commission Richard Corcoran at which time he announced his recommendation to use a portion of the stimulus money provided to Florida for a “Get There Faster” Initiative.
As part of the initiative, $75 million would be provided toward two new initiatives to expand access and enrollment to vocational schools and work-based learning programs.
“The Get There Faster innovative workforce initiatives will accelerate Florida’s efforts to be the best state in the nation for workforce development by 2030,” DeSantis said. “The $75 million in federal funds will provide high school and adult students access to the resources they need to expedite the completion of their degrees or certifications.”
“We know that a postsecondary educated workforce is the backbone of a thriving economy,” Corcoran added. “Right now, more than ever, we need to do everything we can to help Floridians gain access to higher education and training. Our school districts and public postsecondary state colleges are ready to serve the needs of Florida, and these dollars are exactly what our students and residents need to ensure their economic stability and wellbeing.”
The Get There Faster Initiative has two areas of focus – career dual enrollment for students and “a postsecondary workforce initiative for residents, with or without a high school diploma, seeking in-demand and high-value career and technical education or training,” a news release from DeSantis’ office stated.
The governor is recommending that $50 million be allocated to cover costs for students to participate in workforce college credit or career dual enrollment programs, and the remaining $25 million would be targeted to help adults who are enrolling in workforce education programs at one of the state’s 28 state colleges or 48 technical centers.