Two local community colleges will receive $3.6 million for financial technology training, with the money being used to create certificate programs and a bootcamp academy.
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award to Florida State College at Jacksonville and St. John’s River State College comes on the heels of Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing last year that he thought Jacksonville was ripe for growth in the field.
"I think a place like Jacksonville is tailor-made to take the financial technology sector to the next level," DeSantis said during a September appearance at the JaxChamber. "The No. 1 thing I think people are looking for is workforce development, making sure that we have folks who are going to be able to participate.”
The grants will go to creating two FinTech Technical Certificate Programs and a FinTech Support Technician Boot Camp Academy. It will also enabling the embedding of related coursework in programs related to accounting, business administration, financial services and information technology.