March 2023
AVON PARK, Fla. – March 1, 2023 – South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Criminal Justice Academy was recognized for achieving a perfect audit through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC). As a result, Dr. John McLaughlin, director of SFSC’s Criminal Justice Academy, accepted a Meritorious Award on behalf of the College at the CJSTC annual meeting on Feb. 15 in Lake Mary, Fla.SFSC was one of tw...
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February 2023
AVON PARK, Fla. – Feb. 7, 2023 — South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Construction Trades program at the Crews Center in Avon Park, Fla. recently received National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accreditation through 2027.According to its website, NCCER is a not-for-profit organization that, with the support of construction CEOs and association and academic leaders, created a standardized training and credentialing program to nurture a safe and productiv...
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January 2023
- High-potential business, industrial sites in Franklin, Highlands and Marion counties selected for 2022 program - Since 2013, program has resulted in 680 new jobs, $183 million in capital investment in Florida
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December 2022
More than $1.5 million collected for 2021-2022 fiscal year
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November 2022
26 Florida-based organizations receive funds to support economic development initiatives
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Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s focus on training workers with the technical skills and credentials is paying off as the Sunshine State has been named number one in the U.S. for attracting and developing a skilled workforce. Governor Ron DeSantis announced this ranking as a part of Lightcast’s 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard, which confirms that our state’s stro...
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