The state awarded Florida State College at Jacksonville $1.52 million from the state for general construction trades education and training.
The money is part of $14 million Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Feb. 26 to support construction labor force training.
Through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Recovery Training Program, $14 million will support seven Florida organizations comprising schools, colleges and local development boards in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma to learn construction trades.
DeSantis said communities in Florida have yet to recover from Irma’s impact in 2017.
FSCJ requested the funding in January, stating the “need for skilled workers in the associated construction trades who can work to assist in this recovery need.”
The college proposed the construction workforce training program for 300 low-income residents.
Rebuild Florida, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Development, was created in 2018 to help Florida communities, homeowners and small businesses recover from recent hurricanes.