Levy County residents interested in enrolling in the FREE bootcamp Dec. 11-15 should send an email to [email protected]
Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC, FCWP
Director of Communications
O: 352-291-9559 | M: 352-816-1264
OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2023) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion has received a $1.73 million grant that will train workers for the installation and ongoing maintenance of broadband infrastructure in Levy County and 10 other rural counties as part of the federal Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs program.
CareerSource CLM will work in partnership with two other workforce development regions CareerSource North Florida which covers Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor counties; and CareerSource Florida Crown which covers Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Union counties.
The five-year U.S. Department of Labor award is part of nearly $94 million in grants supporting 34 public-private partnerships to provide worker-centered sector strategy training programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia. CareerSource CLM is one of two entities in Florida to receive a grant, the other is Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.
The one-week bootcamp takes place Dec. 11-15 at the College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in Chiefland.
Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM, noted that the College of Central Florida is a “critical partner” in providing the training needed and that the “grant is the result of convening business and industry partners from all geographic areas” to be served.
The training will support jobs in renewable energy, transportation, and broadband infrastructure sectors. Skinner said the training is “designed to provide a workforce needed to support Gov. Ron DeSantis’ broadband initiative that is making funding available to expand broadband across rural areas of Florida.”
Skinner added that CareerSource CLM looks forward to working with the other regions on the project.
“This program is a win-win in that it not only helps make training in a high-demand industry possible but puts people back to work while ultimately providing broadband infrastructure which is as critical to our lives as transportation and utility infrastructure.”
For eligible participants, the program covers a wide variety of training options and provides wrap-around supportive services such as travel assistance, uniforms, and required tools of the trade.
Levy County residents interested in enrolling in the program should send an email to [email protected].
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies as part of awards totaling $6.9 million (revised annually). Unless otherwise stipulated, all statements, news releases, requests for proposals, bid solicitations and other applicable documents are fully funded from federal sources.
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