GCCC Receives $2.5 Million in Grants

On the other hand, there is good news - Gulf Coast Community College has something to cheer about.

The Department of Labor has granted the community college $2.5 million in grants.

Gulf Coast Community College President, Dr. Jim Kerley says it's part of a five year strategic plan for the school to reach out to businesses and develop alternative funding sources.

This in hope to improve the current health and technology programs.

The money will also be used to seed several health care programs in the surgical and dental field as well as develop industrial automation and robotics training.

Gulf Coast is one of only two colleges in Florida to offer degree programs in automation and robotics training.

"Part of out new strategic plan is to bring in new resources, so it really is an ongoing thing. The grant, its a multi-year grant. For several years the grant dollar are spread out and it will be used for several years and then the college will pick up and continue what we've started with the grants," said Kerley. " So its really good seed money to get some great programs started."

These new programs are designed to help retrain the workforce in light of the present unemployment situation.

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