Governor Announces $75 Million Career Education Proposal
March 23, 2021 – Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a new $75 million investment for two
initiatives that could help Eastern Florida State College students and others around
the state gain careers in high-tech and other in-demand fields.
DeSantis announced the plan Monday during a visit to Brevard County, saying it would
expand access and enrollment in quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses,
postsecondary credentials, and work-based learning programs.
The initiatives would be funded from money Florida has received in federal COVID-19
relief measures and accelerate career pathways for K-12 and postsecondary students
that result in high-value certifications and credentials to drive Florida’s economic
“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,” said DeSantis.
“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.”
Among the local leaders at the announcement was EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey, who
called the plan an important step to assist students seeking technical skills and
employment in the Space Coast’s growing aerospace, high-tech and other industries.
“This is a perfect fit for us because we already have a strong emphasis on career
and technical education programs in a wide range of areas including aerospace and
engineering technology, robotics, aviation, advanced manufacturing and much more,
“ said Richey.
“Local companies are seeking highly skilled employees and the governor’s initiative
can help them jump-start excellent careers. We’re grateful he is moving the plan forward.”
DeSantis made the announcement at Eau Gallie High School’s aviation program hangar,
the location of one of more than a dozen local high school career programs where students
can take courses that can also earn college credit at Eastern Florida State College
and lead to a degree or certificate through EFSC’s high school articulated credit program.
The Get There Faster Initiative is comprised of two areas of focus:
One is career dual enrollment to provide technical skills preparation and work-based
learning opportunities for K-12 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.
Some $50 million is recommended to cover costs for students to participate in workforce
college credit or career dual enrollment programs.
In addition to enrolling in postsecondary coursework, these high school students will
be provided resources to ensure their success, such as tutoring, financial literacy
workshops, transportation and advanced job placement resources, and access to work-based
learning opportunities to gain access to professional mentoring, technical and employability
The remaining $25 million is focused on targeting adult learners who are enrolling
in workforce education programs at one of Florida’s 28 state colleges or 48 technical
centers to alleviate their financial burdens. It will also support adults needing
to enter a high-quality training program to acquire a job-ready credential of value.
For more information about the state’s Get There Faster Initiatives, visit gettherefl.com.
To learn about related EFSC programs, visit easternflorida.edu/go/careertech