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Grant funding for Tallahassee Community College could boost rural health care in North Florida

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Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media
TCC is getting nearly $1.6 million from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund to expand health care programs.

Tallahassee Community College will get nearly $1.6 million from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund to expand programs geared toward the health-care industry in rural North Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.

The money will support programs at the college’s Gadsden County campus involving surgical technology, dental hygiene, and dental assisting. In a video, DeSantis said the money will allow the college to train an additional 1,248 students a year.

“Graduates will be ready to fill high-wage, in-demand regional health care needs in one of Florida’s rural areas of economic opportunity by building and supporting a student pipeline at the TCC Gadsden campus,” DeSantis said.

The Job Growth Grant Fund was created in 2017 after a battle between lawmakers and then-Gov. Rick Scott about business incentives. Lawmakers set aside $50 million for the program this fiscal year.