State awards TCC $2 million to create charter school

Tallahassee Community college was one of five schools awarded $2 million to create a CTE school on its campus.
Published: Feb. 2, 2022 at 5:07 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Wednesday Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $89 million in funding towards a workforce education initiative which will include a first-of-its-kind Career and Technical Education charter schools initiative.

Tallahassee Community college was one of five schools awarded $2 million to create a CTE school on its campus.

The local colleges across the state selected will create charter schools that will allow high school students to earn credentials and college credits while in high school. Gov. DeSantis says this will allow for more accessible and accelerated pathways for high school students.

A program, student, Justin Jefferson hopes to introduce his children to in the future.

“I actually have two younger sons and I will point them in the right direction and go to the charter schools and stuff,” said student Justin Jefferson.

Calandra Stringer, TCC Provost, will host design-thinking sessions from various departments across campus to weigh all the College’s options and create a plan.

Funding to prepare for the launch of charter schools is being provided as part of $3.5 billion dollars that Florida has invested in workforce education over the past several years.

“The addition of a charter school on our campus is consistent with the College’s desire to contribute to the efforts in preparing the workforce of our region,” Murdaugh added. “It provides an expansion of the career acceleration options we already have.”

Charter schools are often seen as a method to improve student learning, provide students with expanded educational opportunities and be publicly accountable for meeting measurable standards.

For student Ken Brown, he wishes programs like these were available to him when he was in high school.

“I was worried enough about graduating high school so having someone to kind of take me under their wing, and kind of help me through the process and make me feel more confident about passing the classes that I’m in will be a great advantage,” said student Ken Brown.

When it comes to a timeline, President Murdaugh said they’re still figuring out the details.

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