On July 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $16 Million grant for the College of the Florida Keys, formally known as Florida Keys Community College, in Key West Florida. The project is funded through the Economic Development Administration’s appropriated budget to aid in disaster relief from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The grant invests in workforce training and apprenticeship programs.
“The College of the Florida Keys is steadfast in its mission to remain as a powerful and positive force to bring educational, workforce and economic opportunities to all of Monroe County,” said College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra.
The project involves construction of a two-story, 38,000 square foot building known as the Upper Keys Center (UKC). The UKC will be utilized for community education, workforce training programs, and apprenticeship programs. In addition to the existing curriculum, the UKC will offer new programs such as marine resource management; paramedic, pharmacy technician, and phlebotomy training; and construction technologies.