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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

MCPS seeking over $395,000 in grant funding for dual enrollment expansion

Marion County Public Schools is looking to create additional dual enrollment pathways for local students.

MCPS submitted an application for $395,810 in funding from the Florida Department of Education’s Get There Faster Career Dual Enrollment Expansion Grant, which aims to develop dual enrollment opportunities for students who want to attend Marion Technical College while still in high school.

The application will be presented to school board members for approval or denial during the Marion County School Board regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

According to MCPS, the focus of the grant is to support new dual enrollment pathways in Welding Technology and Computer Systems and Information Technology. MCPS highlighted an increased need for welders in Marion County due to the high demand of construction in the area.

With approval from school board members during this week’s meeting, these funds would help offset the cost of creating these new dual enrollment opportunities for students in Marion County.

In addition, MCPS is also exploring ways to expand dual enrollment options with additional courses, including Automotive General Service Technician, Firefighter, Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality, and Technology Support Services.

The Marion County School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the School Board Meeting Room located at 512 SE 3rd Street in Ocala.