Pasco-Hernando State College will receive $956,346.00 through the Expansion of Registered Apprenticeship and Preapprenticeship (ERAP) Grant, which offer funds to state and technical colleges to begin or expand upon existing apprenticeship programs. PHSC already has an apprenticeship program in place, and it is growing in student enrollment and engagement, while also placing our students into the workforce. 

PHSC’s President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., says, “We are delighted that PHSC will receive additional resources to reimagine career and technical education in Hernando and Pasco Counties. This important grant underscores Governor DeSantis' commitment to distinguish Florida as the premier state in the nation for workforce education by 2030." 

Graduates from PHSC’s apprenticeship program receive excellent opportunities for training and developing strong relationships with employers while receiving on-the-job training. These programs are geared toward increasing productivity, retention, and job performance. So far, PHSC has had its first successful cohort working with area apartments, providing skill training in apartment maintenance work such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and other general repairs.

“This critical grant funding will support PHSC's focus on ensuring that we continue to meet our district and regional workforce needs via a variety of training formats. Apprenticeships provide immediate, hands-on skill training, which leads to rapid employability for our students,” says Stanley M. Giannet, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, and College Provost. 

PHSC will begin two new apprenticeship programs in the summer, beginning on July 21 and 22. The Construction and Design Apprenticeship will start on July 21 with an OSHA 10 class, and the Apartment Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship will begin on July 22 with an OSHA 10 class.  The programs take one year to complete and are paid on-the-job training. There is NO COST to participate in PHSC’s apprenticeship program. 

To learn more about PHSC’s Apprenticeship and Workforce Programs, visit the Apprenticeships web page