Pensacola State College will receive $1.86 million for workforce training programs from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.

The school was one of nine entities awarded with some $35 million in grant funding by Gov. Scott. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year to encourage continued economic growth across Florida communities.

Pensacola State College’s main campus in Pensacola. (Pensacola State College/Special to The Pulse)

The workforce training programs proposed by PSC will increase the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials and degrees required to enter and advance in the workforce for targeted industries, including advanced manufacturing, aviation maintenance, welding, cybersecurity/information technology, nursing, transportation and construction trades, officials said.

Grant proposals were reviewed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida and recipients were chosen by Governor Scott based on their strong return on investment to the state and to meet the demand for a robust workforce or infrastructure needs, the governor’s office said in a statement.

“Today, I am proud to announce $35 million in awards for nine Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects,” Gov. Scott said Tuesday. “We have worked to ensure that every awarded project will strengthen Florida’s business climate and bring the best return on investment for Florida taxpayers. Florida is competing in a global economy, and we must do everything we can to ensure our state remains the top destination for families and job creators to succeed.”

Scott has asked the Florida Legislature to approve $85 million in funding for the grant fund in this year’s budget.

In a letter to Scott released Tuesday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward called the governor a “champion for Pensacola” and thanked him for supporting workforce development in Northwest Florida.

“This award to Pensacola State College will prepare our citizens for new opportunities and further equip students to meet industry needs in a competitive workplace,” Hayward said.

Other grant awards announced by Scott on Tuesday include $8.24 million to the Canaveral Port Authority as well as $6.75 million to the City of Alachua and $6 million to the City of Jacksonville for road projects.


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