Sunday, September 25 2022
Orlando, Fla.—Florida expects to increase the capacity to offer CDL training from less than 1,000 to 3,500 students per year, according to officials information. These news can not come in a better time, when truck driver shortage continues to be a big challenge, we have seen some improvement in parking and rest areas planned for I-4, that will allow drivers to complete more assignments, and now potentially adding at least 1,200 students per year. And we are just weeks away from the high volume shipping season.
The following describes the training initiatives planned for each institution.
The State College of Florida will be awarded more than $2 million through the Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant program, which is administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, also known as DEO, with the objective of expanding the institution’s current CDL program.
DEO, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, is also awarding $500,00 for tuition costs associated with the programs of the local workforce development boards at Northwest Florida State College, Daytona State College, and State College of Florida.
Funding will be made available through the following local workforce development boards:
$200,000 to CareerSource Suncoast
$200,000 to CareerSource Okaloosa Walton
$100,000 to CareerSource Flagler Volusia
“Florida is a critical link in our nation’s supply chain, and the demand is soaring for Commercial Driver’s License holders,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO, Michelle Dennard.
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