June 15, 2018
On June 12, Triumph Gulf Coast ‘s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move to the contract phase with the Wakulla County School District for Wakulla’s first proposed grant project.
Under the terms of Florida’s settlement with BP after the 2010 oil spill that impacted regional coastal areas, over $300 million has already been deposited in the Triumph Gulf Coast account to be used by impacted Northwest Florida districts.
Phase 1 of the proposed $3.75 million project requested by WCSD includes converting the existing bus garage, currently located on the Wakulla High School campus, to a Career and Technical center.
The center is expected to result in more than 400 students earning national industry certifications in Information Technology, HVAC, and Automotive Maintenance over the first five years.
The proposed project also brings training to Wakulla elementary and middle schools in preparation for success in the rigor of WHS Career and Technical courses.
“We want to continue to expand on the highly successful Career and Technical programs we have built at Wakulla High over the years,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “There are many high wage jobs in technical areas that call for specific training. Students can graduate from WHS able to be employed without a mountain of student loan debt.”
A new bus garage would be built next to Crawfordville Elementary School.
Phase 2 of the WCSD proposal includes a request for $5 million to create a community college site on the WHS campus. Students could graduate from high school with a two year Associate of Arts degree at no cost to parents.
Triumph Gulf Coast’s Board of Directors are appointed by Florida’s Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General, and presiding officers of the Legislature. All Board meetings are public.
More information about Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. is available at www.myfloridatriumph.com.