Governor DeSantis Awards More Than $700,000 for Workforce Training in Everglades Agricultural Communities
Tallahassee - April 15, 2022: Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded more than $700,000 to educational institutions in Everglades communities to provide workforce development opportunities for Floridians pursuing nonagricultural occupations in rural areas.
The Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program was created and funded by the Florida Legislature in 2018. It is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The program is designed to meet the changing workforce needs of the Everglades region. It allows eligible schools and businesses to provide training to Floridians in Hendry and Palm Beach Counties. Counties participating in the program benefit from a variety of training opportunities for in-demand occupations.
“This funding for workforce training will give residents of the Everglades communities access to more jobs in the area that fall outside of the agriculture industry,” said Governor DeSantis.
DEO Secretary Dane Eagle said "The Everglades Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program will provide an opportunity for this area to continue making a lasting impact on the success of our state.”
Educational Institutions receiving funding through the Everglades Restoration Agricultural Community Employment Training Program include:
• West Technical Education Center in Belle Glade: $81,700 to provide 19 students with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for further education and careers in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics industry.
• PC Professor Computer Training, Service & Support in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton: $629,308 to provide vocational training for 55 students in the information technology field. Occupations in this field may include: Cloud and Computer Systems Professionals, Computer Support Specialists, Executive Administrative Assistants, Web Developers, IT Security Professionals, and more.
• NRI Institute in Royal Palm Beach: $18,450 to train four students to become healthcare professionals and obtain meaningful careers in the Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Medical Assisting fields.