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State to Award IRSC $4 Million in Support of Workforce Development

State to Award Indian River State College $4 Million in Support of Workforce Development - College to Build Center for Ballistics and Emerging Technology

February 7, 2024 Suzanne Seldes

Fort Pierce, FL—Nearly 200 were in attendance at the Indian River State College Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex on Wednesday when Governor Ron DeSantis announced an award of $4 million to Indian River State College to create advanced technology workforce development programs and build an innovative Center of Ballistics and Emerging Technology. The funding is through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund (JGGF), which makes strategic investments in programs that build stronger communities and support workforce training across the state.

“We see an opportunity to use the job growth grant to really make an impact not just with workforce, but also for the economy here on the Treasure Coast of Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “So I am today pleased to be able to award a $4 million grant through the job growth grant fund to Indian River State College to create a new center for ballistics and emerging technology.”

Governor Desantis presents a check to IRSC leadership

Photo caption: President Timothy Moore (far left) and District Board of Trustees Chair Tony George (second from right) accept an oversized check from Governor DeSantis. Joining them onstage were Florida Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly (far right) and representatives from Diamond Defense Systems.

The project underscores Indian River State College’s vision to provide development and testing to support business and innovation. This project will allow the College to expand its training in advanced manufacturing, particularly in precision fabrication and mechatronics. The project complements the programs and facilities of the Eastman Advanced Manufacturing Building and the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex.

“This grant will help take technology off the shelf, put it to use, and help those who protect us,” said Indian River State College President Dr. Timothy Moore. “The Governor’s support has been instrumental. I cannot think of a more important way to demonstrate the value of education, the value of technology, and the value of leadership.”

The Center for Ballistics and Emerging Technology will serve as the nexus where industry partners, law enforcement agents, workforce training professionals, and Indian River State College students and faculty collaborate. The project plans to create more than 300 new advanced manufacturing-trained graduates over the next ten years.

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