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To get free tuition, graduates would agree to work in Florida under new bill

January 23, 2020 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News

Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel 

Community college could soon become free for many Florida students — as long as they don’t go elsewhere for a job. A bill that would create a new “Sunshine Scholarship” for students from low- and moderate-income families passed through committees in both chambers of the Legislature this week. The scholarship would pay for any tuition and fees of community colleges or public career colleges that were not already covered by other forms of financial aid, such as the federal Pell Grant for low-income students or the Florida Bright Futures merit-based scholarship.

Mason Jackson, president and CEO of CareerSource Broward, a workforce development agency, said two-year and certificate degrees are important areas for the state to invest in. He said the fastest growing number of jobs are in areas that need some training but not four-year degrees.

He said these jobs include bookkeeping and accounting clerks, computer support specialists, dental hygienists and pharmacy technicians and radiologic technologists.

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