Governor DeSantis awarded EFSC nearly $21 million in funding for high-tech centers
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – State and regional leaders in government, higher education and industry gathered Friday at Eastern Florida State College to discuss the need to expand the long-term high-tech workforce the Space Coast.
The meeting was led by Henry Mack, Senior Chancellor of the Florida Department of Education, amid continued growth in the aerospace, defense and other high-tech industries in Brevard County.
Local success in growing the ranks of its employees is an important part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ initiative to make Florida the national leader in high-tech workforce development, opening the door for more economic and job growth.
About 50 attendees heard calls for additional training in fields such as aerospace and engineering technology, aviation, advanced manufacturing, information technology, robotics and composites manufacturing.
Demand for employees in these areas is strong, with EFSC programs playing a critical role in creating a pipeline of skilled workers.
“I am determined to make Gov. DeSantis’ initiative a huge success on the Space Coast, and thankful for his leadership in appointing Senior Chancellor Mack to guide him through the process,” said EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey.
“His experience in workforce development is invaluable in ensuring that Florida has the leading workforce in the country in the coming years.”
Other attendees included Kathy Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida Division of Colleges; Michael Ferro, Executive Office of the Governor; State Sen. Debbie Mayfield; and local economic development officials in Florida.
Representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Airbus US, and other companies also participated along with officials from Daytona State College and Indian River State College.
EFSC’s workforce training efforts recently received a significant boost with the Florida Legislature and DeSantis awarding EFSC nearly $21 million in funding for a pair of new major high-tech centers .
They are a Center for Innovative Technology Education at the Melbourne Campus and an Aerospace Center of Excellence at the Titusville Campus.
In April, the university also announced a 10-year plan to invest $87 million in its Cocoa Campus, with a major focus on high-tech training programs and new facilities to support it, including an Advanced Manufacturing Center .
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