Governor Ron DeSantis Awards $1.9 Million to Expand Entrepreneurship Education and Training

Florida’s education system is now the world’s number one for entrepreneurship education and training

Video courtesy of the Governor’s Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $ 1.9 million to support entrepreneurship education and training programs in 8 state colleges and 17 school districts across the state. This funding will help students learn how to run a small business and connect them with opportunities available in their area. The awards will create and support programs in colleges, high schools, and middle schools. View the list of institutions receiving funding for 2022-23 here. To view the video, click here.

Florida’s education system is now the world’s number one for entrepreneurship education and training, with over 20,000 students earning an industry certification in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB), mostly since 2020. Florida represents actually about half of all ESB certificates earned in the US since the ESB certificate was first launched in 2017.

The ESB certification is a rigorous professional exam that validates the core level concepts and knowledge involved in being an entrepreneur and a small business owner. Florida, alone, has now even surpassed the world leader, China, in ESB certificates earned by students.

“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, Florida has led the way in providing our students with adequate skills-based training through career programs and technical education.” Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. said. “These programs are rigorous, in demand, and allow students the opportunity to dive into a career quickly and without debt.”

These awards are awarded through the Perkins V Entrepreneurship Education and Training Grant (EET), which is designed to help grow entrepreneurship-related initiatives in state vocational and technical education (CTE) programs. Since 2020, $ 5.5 million has been awarded to 45 individual institutions. Florida’s Perkins V State Plan is committed to building a strong business ecosystem across the state through its CTE programs. The plan recognizes how self-employment and the ability to create value contribute to Florida’s economic security. For this reason, the plan seeks to help all CTE stakeholders understand how to better support interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial ways of thinking and acting across career paths.

The EET grant funds a number of initiatives, such as teacher professional development and certification programs in entrepreneurship education, the development of student idea acceleration programs or startup boot camps for budding entrepreneurs. The grant also helps meet the costs associated with integrating entrepreneurship education and training into all Florida CTE study programs. The grant aims to help school districts and colleges expand communities and business partnerships to better connect.

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