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Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $7.7 million through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grant program and the Job Growth Grant Fund to support a large-scale rapid credentialing effort between three state colleges, two technical colleges, and Local Workforce Development Boards. Florida SouthWestern State College received $1.98 million for information technology credentialing programs, while Fort Myers Technical College was awarded $973,000 for diesel maintenance mechanic and Computerized Numerical Control programs. Cape Coral Technical College received $200,000 for practical nursing credentialing programs. DeSantis also announced during a news conference on Matlacha $1 million through the Florida Disaster Fund to organizations to support emergency management personnel, national guardsmen and community members in the recovery process. Organizations awarded today include the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, the Florida National Guard Foundation and three community foundations. Collier County Community Foundation, Charlotte County Community Foundation and Collaboratory each received $125,000.

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