Gov. DeSantis doles out $7.7M for workforce training in Ian-ravaged SW Florida

An array of state colleges, technical colleges and workforce boards in Southwest Florida will receive $7.7 million to expand programs providing career training and education in specific fields, such as nursing, trucking and welding, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

The money will help the economy of the region — which was battered by Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, leading to 114 deaths and massive destruction of homes and businesses — get back on its feet, DeSantis said.

“This is an area that is primed for a great economic recovery coming out of this; I’ve got no doubt about that,” DeSantis told

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