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Disaster Recovery Construction Skills Classes Earn Valencia $2 Million

Valencia College (Website) was awarded $1,972,003 to expand the college’s Accelerated Skills Training Program in welding, core construction, masonry, carpentry, heavy equipment operations and electrical-power lineman training.


It came from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program (FAQs). The program, administered by DEO, is designed to train Floridians in construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts.


The school was one of seven organizations awarded more than $14 million in total. Award recipients included local workforce development boards, schools, colleges and universities in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.


“Our agency is excited to partner with education and workforce-focused organizations to help provide Floridians the skills they need to help rebuild their communities after Hurricane Irma,” said DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “...we will have a larger workforce available to help rebuild our state faster and more resilient to future storms, as well as provide these Floridians opportunities for success.”


Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Launched in September 2018, Rebuild Florida uses federal funding for Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from the devastating impacts of natural disasters.



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