A $3.18 million state grant will help Florida State College at Jacksonville create a truck driving training facility in Nassau County.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and DEO Secretary Dane Eagle visited the FSCJ Nassau Center on Dec. 16 to present the award, which will help establish the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute.
FSCJ will be the first state college to offer workforce certification training in Nassau for truck driving.
“We appreciate Governor DeSantis for recognizing this need and providing the grant support that will help establish this first-of-its-kind workforce training resource right here in Nassau County that will prepare individuals to step into and excel in essential roles,” FSCJ District Board of Trustees Chair Mike Bell said in a news release.
“With the support of our strategic partnerships across Nassau County and this significant grant, the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute will allow job training and placement opportunities for our students and will boost the economic future of this great community,” FSCJ President John Avendano said in the release.
By the end of the three-year project period, the goal is for more than 450 students to have enrolled in training programs at the Nassau County facility.
The Florida Job Growth Grant is from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida.
FSCJ established a commercial driving training program at its Cecil Center in 2007.
Visit fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/imc/commercial-vehicle-driving-cc for details about FSCJ’s Commercial Vehicle Driving Career Certificate program.