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BCPS Awarded $45,000 Grant from Community Foundation of Broward County

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the proud recipient of a $45,000 YouthWORK grant from the Community Foundation of Broward County. The grant supports the Career Technical Adult and Community Education (CTACE) Department’s Career Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program, and provides opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students at three high schools – McArthur High School, Piper High School and Plantation High School – to learn technical skills and earn an OSHA 10 industry certification.
Students will receive training for careers in the construction field, such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical and carpentry, during and after school. In addition, 11th grade students will have paid internship opportunities during the summer to gain hands-on experience in construction. Students will also earn credits toward college or enrollment in a full apprenticeship program when they graduate.
The grant award has been made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward funds: Jim Moran Children's Fund, Mary Lucile Charlton Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.
“This grant builds on our mission to ensure our students realize their full potential,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Preparing our students for high-demand career opportunities contributes to their future success, and strengthens Broward County’s workforce and our communities.”
“Through our YouthWORK initiative, we aim for youth to gain skills to shape their lives and future careers. Apprenticeships like this provide enriching hands-on learning and sets students on a path to future employment with a marketable skill that is in high demand in our local job market,” said Sheri Brown, vice president of Grants & Initiatives at The Foundation.
An increased number of students trained and certified in skills for competitive wage construction jobs will help fill the skilled labor shortage in Broward. The pre-apprenticeship program will strengthen the education-employment link between the District, Broward businesses and postsecondary institutions, matching youth to opportunities.
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals, and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. We provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Our 450 charitable Funds represent $180 million in assets and have distributed $96 million to help Broward BE GREATER. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit www.cfbroward.org or call 954.761.9503.  Connect with us using @cfbroward #cfbroward.