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Tallahassee Community College is chosen to create a charter high school on campus

A large white and redbrick building.
Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media
The Learning Commons building on the Tallahassee Community College campus.

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is among the Florida colleges chosen to create a career and technical education charter school. TCC leaders say they will hold sessions with various departments for the planning and design of the high school.

“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,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “It provides an expansion of the career acceleration options we already have.”

Florida is investing $89 million in workforce education and training programs. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that a $10-million chunk is being awarded to five state colleges for on-campus charter schools.

“You have people going into electrical - no debt, make good money, and then in a few years, they start their own company, and then they start to do really well,” DeSantis said. “So, this is not only giving people skills to be able to apply that and get jobs, but it also gives them a foundation.”

The charter schools will allow students to gain credentials in high-demand fields and be market-ready with both a high school diploma and an Associate in Science degree. The focus will be on STEM fields, such as cybersecurity, building automation, and healthcare programs.

The selected colleges are:

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