Grant Report

State Provides $5.5 Million for Aviation School at SRQ

Plus, New College receives a grant from the Department of Defense and Goodwill Manasota receives a grant for its GoodPartner Coach program.

By Staff June 13, 2022

The School District of Manatee County will build an Aviation Maintenance Technician School at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport thanks to $5.5 million allocated for the project in the 2022 state budget passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Once opened, Manatee Technical College will partner with Sarasota’s Suncoast Technical College to provide career certificate workforce training in aviation airframe mechanic and aviation powerplant mechanic. The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will also be involved, preparing students for licenses in aviation maintenance and employment and advanced training in the aviation industry.

The U.S. Department of Defense has granted a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) award to New College of Florida and partnering institutions for a project entitled “Neurobehavioral, Physiological, and Computational Processes of Auditory Object Learning in Mammals.” The Office of Naval Research will oversee the undertaking, with Carnegie Mellon University serving as the lead institution in collaboration with New College, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. If fully funded as proposed, the project will run for five years, with an award to New College of $576,960.

Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $80,000 from the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation in support of the GoodPartner Coach program. The GoodPartner Coach program offers life and career coaching for all of Goodwill's employees, helping them to set goals, receive on-the-clock education and training to boost job skills and marketability, and position themselves for higher paying jobs within or outside of the organization. This is the twelfth year that the French Foundation has provided support for this award-winning program.

The Here4YOUth Initiative of Gulf Coast Community Foundation and th Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have awarded JFCS of the Suncoast a $50,000 grant for the expansion of the Adolescent Diversion and Assistance Program (ADAP). ADAP provides prevention and intervention services to Sarasota County residents ages 11 to 17 who have been charged with a crime or are at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

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