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For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2019
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Ela Pestano


Apprenticeship program graduates recognized

MIAMI – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was among those cheering on graduates of the Miami-Dade Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Career and Technical Training Program at a recognition ceremony on June 25 at Double Tree Hotel Airport Miami.

The 81 graduates were honored as the first group to complete the program, which prepares students for apprenticeships in high-demand trades like bricklaying, carpentry, drywall finishing, plumbing and others.

The program was launched in 2017 at four Miami-Dade high schools as a result of a partnership Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez facilitated with the Florida Department of Education, CareerSource South Florida and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. After completing a paid summer internship, participants receive a total of 300 hours of instruction in their junior and senior years from a certified teacher in their choice of among about a dozen trades. Coral Gables, Miami Edison, Homestead and Miami Carol City high schools participate in the program.

Joining Gov. DeSantis at the recognition ceremony were Miami-Dade County Public School Board Members Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Steve Gallon III, South Florida Workforce Board Chairman Andy Perez, CareerSource Florida President & CEO Michelle Dennard, United Joint Apprenticeship Committee of South Florida Secretary Joe Fernandez, Lupe Ferran Diaz of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Career and Technical Education, CareerSource South Florida Executive Director Mr. Rick Beasley and Florida Department of Education Apprenticeship Training Representative Randy Holmes.