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Gov. DeSantis announces $6 million grant for Lake Technical College expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced a $6 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award to the City of Tavares to construct a regional workforce training and innovation center in partnership with Lake Technical College.

While Lake Technical College currently can enroll 16 students in its programs for diesel systems technology, automotive services, and automotive collision, this new center will allow the college to triple its enrollment to 48 students. The facility will also serve as a public works complex that will accommodate the full operation of the City of Tavares Public Works Department.

“In Florida, we are stepping up in the midst of the nation’s supply chain woes. Our ports are open and have capacity, we are standing up for businesses, and we are continuing to support the supply chain by training skilled workers across our state,” DeSantis said. “This is a great investment that will allow Lake Technical College to triple the number of students enrolled in programs that support high-paying, and in-demand fields across the transportation industry. We will continue to invest in programs that create opportunities for Floridians and support our growing economy.”

The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by DEO and EFI and chosen by the governor to meet the demands for workforce training or infrastructure needs in communities around the state. In 2020-21, $74 million in awards have been allocated for projects that focus on rapidly developing a highly skilled workforce and on infrastructure initiatives that attract businesses, create jobs and promote economic growth. DEO and EFI are currently accepting proposals. For more information, click here.

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