Florida Power & Light Co. recently donated $1 million to four state colleges to buy more than 1,600 laptops for incoming students. Hoping to entice individuals to enroll in school and in rapid credentialing programs, FPL’s donation will provide about 400 laptops at Broward College, 500 at Miami-Dade College, 445 at Palm Beach State College and 300 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Rapid credentialing programs, which offer students an opportunity to obtain high-value technical certificates in 20 weeks or less, partner with industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare and information technology.
Centered on assisting students who are unemployed or have a low household income, FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said he believes the donation will provide those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic with an opportunity to advance their careers.
“At FPL, we’re continuing to do everything we can to support our customers and communities during this unprecedented time,” Silagy said in a statement. “Workforce development is critical to the future of our state’s economy, and we believe the rapid credentialing programs will have a significant impact on the lives of many Floridians.
“Unfortunately, not everyone has access to these programs because a technology gap has formed, in many cases because of a financial setback,” he said. ”This initiative will help break down that barrier to opportunity.”
For students enrolled at Broward College, eligible students include those pursuing technical certificates, CE Health Science certification courses and select CE certification courses. Priority will be given to students who are closer to completion in the spring term.