A Blessing for St. Pete

St. Petersburg College gets training grant

When Rick Scott is handing out grants, it probably helps to have apostolic power on your side in order to reel one in. The Florida governor awarded more than $22 million in state funding to various sites spanning a pinwheel of industries Wednesday—including a technical workforce program for St. Petersburg College.

One of 11 recipients, SPC received more than $1.5 million for a new mechatronics training program, partnering with several regional businesses to meet demands for workers having automation and troubleshooting skills, per Mitch Perry of Florida Politics.

The college officially received $1,596,858 to create the Mechatronics and Electromechanical Technician training program, which the Governor’s office called an “accelerated, innovative, responsive and competency-based technical workforce program that meets the advanced manufacturing industry’s skill requirements.”

Other Florida recipients included Pensacola International Airport, which received a $4 million grant; water infrastructure updates to Sumter County; the City of Titusville; and four other Florida colleges. Here’s the full list, courtesy of the Pensacola News Journal:

Along with the city of Pensacola, the other 10 projects awarded grants were:

  • Osceola Board of County Commissioners ($5,800,000) to complete the NEO City Gateway Road, which will connect U.S. 192 with two main routes into NEO City, a 500-acre master-planned technology district.

  • Broward College ($3,187,500) to create the Critical Occupation Response through Education (CORE) program to provide workforce training for advanced manufacturing, aviation and information technology.

  • City of Marianna ($1,987,322) to extend the runway at Marianna Airport Commerce Park to 6,000 feet, which will allow the airport to accommodate larger businesses jets providing more opportunities for distribution capacity and economic growth.

  • City of Titusville ($1,060,500) for the construction of a new water main to support the fire flow needs of the southern industrial district, which supports regional space, manufacturing and logistics industries.

  • Volusia County ($1,961,564) for the expansion of County Road 4009 in Daytona Beach, which will provide access to Interstate 95 and enhance commercial and retail development opportunities.

  • St. Petersburg College ($1,596,858) to create the Mechatronics and Electromechanical Technician training program, an accelerated, innovative, responsive and competency-based technical workforce program that meets the advanced manufacturing industry’s skill requirements.

  • Sumter County ($838,860) for water infrastructure upgrades to benefit and promote expansion for existing manufacturers and distributors along the County Road 470 corridor adjacent to Interstate 75.

  • Big Bend Technical College ($100,000) to open a Diesel Maintenance Technician Program and a Diesel System Technical 1 Program that will train students for positions working with diesel transportation vehicles and diesel engines, along with purchasing equipment needed for the hands-on laboratory.

  • Valencia College ($1,320,000) to start the Advanced Manufacturing and Distribution Logistics project, which will provide advanced skilled worker training for advanced systems in manufacturing and industrial industries.

  • Chipola College ($76,240) to purchase equipment that will enhance and expand the welding program to meet the demand in North Florida for entry-level, high-skilled welders.

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