Recently, Governor DeSantis announced that a project to build a technical training complex in Hernando County has been awarded a $6.1 million grant through the Florida Job Growth Grant. This Citizen Success Center, a technical training complex, is a joint project between Pasco-Hernando State College, the Hernando School District, and Hernando County Government. All three entities collaborated on the grant application.
“It is rare to see such an ambitious, collaborative project like this work so seamlessly…with the involvement of a state college, a school district, the Florida legislature, the Governor’s office, and local manufacturers,” said Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., PHSC president. “The funding for the Citizens Success Center is truly transformational and will fulfil the dreams of Hernando county students, PHSC students, and the citizens of Hernando County.”
The complex, to be located on 17 acres at the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport, has an expected completion date of Fall 2023. The $6.1 million grant funds will be used to prepare the county’s property and add the necessary infrastructure prior to the start of construction. It will offer convenient, streamlined workforce training to prepare residents for direct entry into positions available in Hernando County.
“The College is excited to be involved in this joint effort to create a dynamic, student-centered educational facility with the mission of building specific skills to meet local employers’ needs in key career and technical fields” said Stanley M. Giannet, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer and college provost. “Quality workforce training is vitally important to the economic health of our community and a significant component of our PHSC mission.”
Pasco-Hernando State College, a comprehensive, learning-centered institution, serves its community by providing affordable, accessible, and diverse educational experiences that empower students to achieve academic success, personal enrichment, and socio-economic advancement.