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Lori Bainum talks about PHCC being awarded a grant to train Florida manufacturing workers.

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Published on Nov 13, 2012

Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) was just awarded $744,021 to train Florida manufacturing workers.

The money is part of a $15-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training program, which awarded a total of $500-million nationwide.

PHCC partnered with St. Petersburg College and ten other colleges around the state to apply for the grant. The goal is to help address the growing skilled workforce shortage faced by Florida's manufacturing industry.

There are approximately 14,500 manufacturers in Florida employing almost 329,000 people. The sector is comprised mainly (71%) of small companies with fewer than 10 employees according to Enterprise Florida. By 2014, the top 15 largest growing manufacturing sectors will add nearly 13,000 jobs in Florida, with more than 1,400 jobs being added by the two largest manufacturing sectors: medical equipment and supplies manufacturing and aerospace product and parts manufacturing.

The consortium members will combine resources with local workforce boards, manufacturing associations, economic development organizations, consultants, and employers throughout the state to train Florida workers who lost their jobs, or are at risk of losing their jobs, as a result of foreign trade, as well as veterans, dislocated and incumbent workers.

For more information contact Pasco EDC at www.pascoedc.com or Pasco-Hernando Community College at www.phcc.edu

Source: http://www.pascoedc.com/blog/2012/09/...

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