$3.9 million will expand welding, machining, cybersecurity and apprenticeship programs.
$1.3 million will create a new Commercial Drivers License Training Program targeted
to start in February 2023
Governor Ron DeSantis (left) presents a check to Daytona State College President Dr.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (September 19, 2022) – In multiple announcements supporting Workforce Development initiatives at Daytona
State College, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $3.9 million to expand the College’s
welding, machining, cybersecurity and apprenticeship programs, and $1.3 million for
a Commercial Drivers License Training program at DSC’s Advanced Technology College.
“I set a goal to make Florida the best state in the nation for workforce education
by 2030 – and we are doing that by making investments that expand opportunity and
meet industry needs,” Gov. DeSantis said. “Currently there are over 91,000 manufacturing
and aerospace technology-related jobs on the Space Coast and this $30 million investment
will build more opportunities for Floridians.”
Daytona State’s share of the investment is allocated through multiple agencies supporting
workforce development across the state.
“A key element of our mission is to anticipate the educational and workforce needs
of our communities and regional employers,” said Daytona State College President Tom
LoBasso. “The funding Governor DeSantis announced last week greatly increases our
ability to prepare our students for rewarding careers in a broad range of high-demand
Daytona State is receiving $2.5 million through the Governor’s Job Growth Grant Fund
to expand the College’s machining and welding technology programs, and to expand workforce-related
dual enrollment efforts that allow students to earn college credit while still in
Daytona State is receiving $1 million through the Department of Education’s Cyber/IT
Pathways Grant Program and other state sources to develop a state-of-the-art Center
for Cybersecurity at the Advanced Technology College and expand training for cybersecurity
professionals to remain current in an ever-changing field.
Daytona State is also receiving $400,000 through the Department of Education’s Pathways
to Career Opportunities Grant program to work with the Volusia County School District
to expand its pre-apprenticeship program and link it with apprenticeship opportunities
throughout the region.
The commercial drivers license training program, in partnership with Winter Haven-based
Fleetforce Truck Driving School, is scheduled to start in February 2023 and will be
capable of training up to 200 drivers annually. Under the agreement being finalized
by Daytona State and Fleetforce, the College will provide classroom and office space
and a driving pad, and Fleetforce will conduct the training.
The four-week, 160-hour program consists of one week of classroom time and three weeks
of time in a truck. Tuition for the program is $6,995 per student and the $1.3 million
in funding announced by Gov. DeSantis covers 77% of tuition per student for the first
year or while funds are available. Daytona State will work with local employers to
create scholarship opportunities for students to have the balance of their tuition
covered by the employer in return for an employment commitment for a specified amount
of time. Graduates receive a state-recognized certification to operate with a commercial
For inquiries regarding the CDL drivers license training program, email CBI@DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-3858.
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Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia
and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls approximately
25,000 students a year at its seven campuses, with graduates serving in critical fields
including healthcare, emergency services and public safety, business, education, hospitality,
engineering, technology, digital media, and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times,
consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier
Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability
and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year
institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average.
Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues
to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S.
News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans