Colleges combat workforce shortage with training, certification

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- St. Petersburg College and eleven other Florida state and community colleges are implementing a new project -- the Florida TRADE (Transforming Resources for Accelerated Degrees and Employment) in Advanced Manufacturing. Its purpose is to help address the growing skilled workforce shortage faced by Florida's manufacturing industry and related industries.

The colleges include St. Petersburg College, Broward College, Daytona State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco Hernando Community College, Polk State College, Tallahassee Community College, and Valencia College.

With the combination of resources from local workforce boards and organizations throughout the state of Florida, they will train workers who lost their jobs, or whom may be at risk to losing their jobs. The participants will receive short-term certification training giving them credentials in Associate in Science degree programs. An internship, and then a job, will be the end result within six months.

The Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program will assist the colleges with $15 million grant.

Over 2,600 participants are expected to benefit from the Florida TRADE project.

By Stefanté Randall, 10 News Intern

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