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Governor Ron DeSantis grants $1.9 million to expand entrepreneurship education and training

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

Video courtesy of the Governor’s Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded $1.9 million to support entrepreneurship education and training programs at 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 to opportunities available in their area. The awards will create and support programs in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. See the list of institutions receiving funding for 2022-2023, here. To see the video, click here.

Florida’s education system is now number one in the world for entrepreneurship education and training, with over 20,000 students earning industry certification in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB), mostly since 2020 Florida actually accounts for about half of all BSE certificates obtained in the United States, since the launch of the BSE certificate in 2017.

The ESB certification is a rigorous professional exam that validates the basic concepts and knowledge needed to be an entrepreneur and small business owner. Florida alone even surpassed the world leader, China, for BSE certificates earned by students.

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

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

The EET grant funds various initiatives, such as professional development and certification programs for entrepreneurship education teachers, the development of idea acceleration programs for students, or startup boot camps for entrepreneurs. budding. The grant also helps defray costs associated with integrating entrepreneurship education and training into all Florida CTE curricula. The grant aims to help school districts and colleges expand community and business partnerships to better connect.

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