Gov. DeSantis announces proposed $75M for ‘Get There Faster’ initiatives

Gov. DeSantis announces proposed $75M for ‘Get There Faster’ initiatives
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MELBOURNE, Fla. (WWSB) - On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed spending $75 million for the addition of two “Get There Faster” initiatives.

The two new initiatives, he says, will expand access and enrollment in career and technical education courses, post-secondary credentials, and work-based learning programs.

According to the governor’s office, these initiatives will “accelerate career pathways for K-12 and post-secondary students that result in high-value certifications, credentials, and outcomes to drive Florida’s economic recovery.”

“The Get There Faster innovative workforce initiatives will accelerate Florida’s best efforts to be the best state in the nation for workforce development by 2030. 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.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis

According to a news release, the initiative focuses on “career dual enrollment to provide technical skills preparation and work-based learning opportunities for K-12 students and a post-secondary workforce initiative for residents, with or without a high school diploma, seeking in-demand and high-value career and technical education or training.”

“We know that a post-secondary educated workforce is the backbone of a thriving economy. Right now, more than ever, we need to do everything we can to help Floridians gain access to higher education and training. Out school districts and public post-secondary 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.”
Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran

The Governor’s Office is recommending $50 million to cover the costs for students to participate in workforce college credit or career dual enrollment programs. These students will also be given resources to ensure success, like tutoring, financial literacy workshops, transportation, and advanced job placement resources. This will also give students access to work-based learning opportunities.

The rest of the $25 million will be focused on adult learners who enroll in workforce education programs at one of Florida’s state colleges or technical centers. It will help alleviate any financial burdens these adult learners might have.

To learn more about the “Get There Faster” initiatives, click here.

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