Tallahassee Community College awarded $1.6 million in funding for medical jobs training

Tallahassee Community College’s goal of filling the need for more trained dental hygienists and surgical technicians in the region has gotten a $1.6 million boost from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The new money comes from DeSantis’ Job Growth Grant Fund, an economic development program designed to meet local healthcare demands through workforce training. 

“This funding allows us to make sure doctors and dentists can rely on the fact that we’re going to be producing the amount of talent they’re going to need to provide the services that they have to offer,” TCC President Jim Murdaugh said Wednesday during a news conference on campus.

Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh announces a $1.6 million job growth grant to expand TCC's dental and surgical technology programs during a news conference on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

TCC’s dental hygiene program currently has 24 students, with an additional 50 to 60 candidates on the wait list. Students are admitted to the two-year program once a year and train at TCC’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education.

TCC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Calandra Stringer said a portion of the non-recurring funding will go toward purchasing equipment, hiring more instructors and admitting students twice a year, beginning in fall 2023.

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