This morning, I joined Governor Ron DeSantis, local college presidents, and business leaders to announce the award of more than $3.6 million through the state's Job Growth Grant Fund to develop a stronger financial technology (FinTech) workforce for our region.
Jacksonville is a growing hub for the financial technology sector. You can see that demonstrated in the decision by FIS to build their new corporate headquarters here.
But there have been numerous times when I have spoken to CEOs and business leaders in our community who had job openings they couldn't fill. Many times they had to hire talent from other cities to meet the needs of their businesses.
This initiative is a real solution to that problem, and will have a real impact in our community.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) and St. Johns River State College (SJRSC) collaborated in their application for the Job Growth Grant funds. The dollars will supports the creation of two FinTech Technical Certificate Programs, a FinTech Support Technician Boot Camp Academy and will embed FinTech related skills and coursework into existing programs at the colleges.
Learn more in the Governor's news release
I am grateful to FSCJ President, Dr. John Avendano, and SJRSC President Joe Pickens for the leadership they demonstrated in their collaborative and regional approach to this initiative. I am confident that these efforts will continue to strengthen our area's reputation as a growing hub for FinTech.