Florida Wins $1.5 Million Grant for New Degree Programs -->
The money comes from
The fields include information technologies, advanced manufacturing and health care, all of which
The funds will play an important role in starting the college's four-year computer science degrees in Software Development,
The programs are scheduled to begin in
The funds will also be spent to expand tracks in the Associate of Science Degrees in Cyber Security that the college began offering this year.
In all, the money will be used to hire faculty and support staff, purchase computers and software, and develop curriculum for the programs.
"This is great news for the college and our students, many of whom are looking at our new degrees to obtain the skills they need for today's workforce," said college president, Dr.
"The grant shows that we're focused on the right fields that will pay the biggest dividends for graduates in gaining good jobs in local and regional industries."
The college partnered with Brevard Workforce in submitting the grant with two goals in mind: providing new career opportunities for
The college gained letters of support from two local high-tech companies,
The Harris letter stated the grant would have a "strong, positive impact on individuals," allowing them to gain the education for "high-wage, high-skill employment while meeting the industry's need for workers."
Meanwhile, Ferno officials spoke of their partnership with the college in helping create the new degrees and their commitment to "attracting additional students to careers in information technology."
In announcing the awards, U.S. Secretary of Education
"As our economy continues to rebuild, businesses are looking for employees with the skills their company needs to stay competitive, and America's students and adult workers want to be equipped to fill those roles," he said.
"These grants help to meet those demands, providing critical investments in education and supporting key partnerships."
The largest amounts were awarded to
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