DeSantis and Education Commissioner Announce Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Awardees


$10 million to support the expansion of local registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs

Tallahassee, Fla. – Registered Apprenticeship is a time tested training model to help residents upskill and acquire a nationally recognized postsecondary credential of value, while ensuring for higher earnings. Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, are excited to announce the awardees of the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant. $10 million is awarded to the following school districts, colleges, state universities, and private training entities to start or expand registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the state.

“The Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program has been a priority of this administration since day one. Expanding registered apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs not only is a strategic investment in our state’s workforce, but it addresses the state’s skills gap, provides support for employers and residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“The Department of Education’s successes around expanding quality workforce education and training is bar none the best in the nation. Our commitment to registered apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs demonstrates this,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “It is also important that these training programs lead to a high quality degree, which is why we are also focused on their connection to our higher education system.”

During the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions, Governor DeSantis worked with the Florida Legislature to secure historic funding for Florida’s students and families, which totals $20 million dedicated to registered apprenticeships. This year’s awardees are:

School Districts

  • Broward School District
  • Palm Beach School District
  • Miami-Dade School District
  • Collier School District
  • St. Lucie School District
  • Sumter School District
  • Brevard School District
  • Volusia School District
  • Santa Rosa School District
  • Orange County School District
  • Flagler School District
  • Baker School District
  • Lee School District
  • Hillsborough School District

Florida College System Institutions

  • Tallahassee Community College
  • Broward College
  • College of the Florida Keys
  • South Florida State College
  • Indian River State College
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Daytona State College

Florida Universities

  • Florida International University
  • University of Miami

Other Eligible Entities

  • Power Design, Inc.
  • FloridaMakes, Inc.
  • AmSkills, Inc.
  • iBuild Central Florida
  • Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association
  • TruMont, LLC.
  • Manasota Air Conditioning Contracters Association
  • ABC Institute, Inc.
  • SpaceTEC Partners, Inc.
  • Jacksonville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
  • Independent Electrical Contractors-Florida West Coast Chapter 1

The hallmark of the registered apprenticeship model is that most of the knowledge and skill acquisition is done through on-the-job training (OJT). During this time of uncertainty related to COVID-19, registered apprenticeship programs continue to provide maximum flexibility in the delivery of OJT.