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East Florida State College | Leaders Meet at EFSC on Critical High-Tech Workforce Needs

Leaders Meet at EFSC on Critical High-Tech Workforce Needs

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June 12, 2022 – State and regional heads of government, higher education, and industry gathered Friday at Eastern Florida State College to discuss the need to expand the workforce of high tech along the Space Coast.

Henry Mack, Principal Chancellor of the Florida Department of Education, addresses the conference. Sitting next to him is Dr. Jim Richey, President of the EFSC.

The meeting was led by Henry Mack, senior chancellor of the Florida Department of Education, amid continued growth in aerospace, defense and other high-tech industries in Brevard County.

Local success in growing their workforce is an important part of Governor Ron DeSantis’ initiative to make Florida the national leader in high-tech workforce development, opening the door to greater economic and professional growth.

About 50 attendees heard calls for additional training in areas such as aerospace and engineering technology, aviation, advanced manufacturing, computer technologies, robotics and composites manufacturing.

Demand for employees in these fields is strong, with EFSC programs playing a vital role in creating a pool of skilled workers.

“I am committed to making Governor DeSantis’ initiative a huge success on the Space Coast, and grateful for his leadership in commissioning Senior Chancellor Mack to guide us through the process,” the EFSC President said. , Dr. Jim Richey.

“His experience in workforce development is invaluable in ensuring Florida has the number one workforce in the nation for the next few years.”

Other attendees included Kathy Hebda, chancellor of the Florida Division of Colleges; Michael Ferro, Executive Office of the Governor; State Senator Debbie Mayfield; and Florida and local economic development officials.

Dr. Richey addresses conference attendees seated at U-shaped tables

EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey addresses conference attendees.

Representatives from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Airbus US and other companies also attended, along with officials from Daytona State College and Indian River State College.

EFSC’s workforce training efforts recently received a significant boost with the Florida Legislature and DeSantis awarding EFSC nearly $21 million in funding for two new centers major high technologies.

It is a center for teaching innovative technologies on the Melbourne campus and an aerospace center of excellence on the Titusville campus.

In April, the college also announced a 10-year plan to invest $87 million in its Cocoa campus, with a particular focus on high-tech training programs and new facilities to support them, including a manufacturing center. peak.