New PSC grant to provide scholarships for professional and technical programs


There are many more scholarships available to potential Pensacola State College students interested in vocational and technical education fields due to a grant of $ 726,388 that the College just received.

The Governor’s Emergency Education Fund (GEER) will provide $ 105,000 for CTE scholarships and approximately $ 500,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment that will strengthen a variety of PSC CTE programs that provide training and support. routes to industry accreditation in high demand. the fields.

The GEER fund is provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) and is, according to the grant statement, to help “Florida university system institutions and centers postsecondary techniques in their ability to enroll and complete students at a glance. Term accreditation and certificate programs, in demand for Workforce / Career and Technical Education (CTE).

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“This is great for our students and prospective students,” said Deborah Hooks, CTE’s director of student resources, as well as the grant’s project director. “A lot of CTE programs are short-term programs where students are not eligible for Pell Grants. For our students, these funds can be very important, so it is huge for our college. “

The PSC CTE programs that will all be affected can all be completed in a year or less. These programs are:

  • Driving commercial vehicles
  • CNC machinist operator / programmer
  • CNC Composites Manufacturer / Programmer
  • Machinist / CNC Manufacturer
  • Electrocardiograph technology
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Engineering technology support specialist
  • Infant / Toddler Specialization
  • Mechanical designer and programmer
  • Medical assistance
  • Coder / biller of medical information
  • Auxiliary nurse
  • Paramedical
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical nursing care
  • Preschool Specialization

Among the new equipment to be purchased with grant funds are two truck driving simulators, a hard shell chest compression system (paramedic and EMT), an advanced pediatric simulator (paramedic, EMT and LPN), an EKG machine ( EKG technology) and a fiber laser cutting machine that costs nearly $ 90,000 and will be used in a variety of manufacturing, programming and machinery courses.

“All of these programs are short programs that students can complete in a semester or two and get employment immediately,” said Debbie Douma, dean of federal grants and programs at the PSC. “This grant means more scholarships for students and advanced equipment that is the same as the equipment they will use in the workforce.”

For more information, including scholarship information, contact Deborah Hooks, CTE Program Director, at [email protected] •


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