JUNE 2018

Governor’s Job Growth Grant expands SJR State's career and technical education programs

St. Johns River State College has received $1.38 million dollars as part of Governor Scott’s Florida Job Growth Grant program to add advanced manufacturing training to the College’s list of offerings. Designed to train students to be part of the next generation of engineering technicians, the new SJR State programs will include an Associate in Science program as well as college credit certificate programs in mechatronics and robotics as well as non-degree training for production technicians.

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation “By The Numbers,” “Manufacturing continues to be a leader in helping Florida diversify its economy and create new jobs. Florida’s manufacturing has grown 3.4 percent over the last year. And in the last four years, Florida’s manufacturing has continued to grow at a rate more than three times higher than the nation overall.” With this in mind, SJR State President Joe Pickens is grateful for the role that SJR State gets to play in preparing students for new jobs in this field.

“St. Johns River State College appreciates the funding received from the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant program and is honored to be one of the recipients,” said Pickens. “The grant will support the establishment of a new Engineering-Advanced Manufacturing program that was designed in partnership with our regional businesses to help meet their demand for a trained and skilled workforce to support the production and automation needed in today’s advanced manufacturing environments. This initiative demonstrates our strategic commitment to build sustainable, high skilled/high wage opportunities for the citizens and businesses of Northeast Florida, further diversifying our local and state economy.”

The Associate in Science in Engineering Technology will prepare students for employment in advanced manufacturing as process and production technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, quality assurance technicians, programmable logic control technicians and operators, and industrial engineering technicians. The core classes of the engineering technology program align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Production Technician Certification.

The mechatronics certificate program, part of the Engineering Technology degree program and the Advanced Manufacturing specialization, is designed to prepare students for employment in the areas of industrial engineering, maintenance and technology or provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The content includes instruction in advanced manufacturing equipment maintenance techniques, operation of various industrial components, tools and instrumentation, quality and control testing, material handling protocols, robotics applications, hydraulics and pneumatics. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to install, maintain and troubleshoot automated environments, general robot systems and simulators.

Vice President for Workforce Development Anna Lebesch stated that this grant and the partnerships with the local manufacturing community are an exciting opportunity for the youth and citizens of our region to train in a growing and diverse industry.

Core classes and non-degree boot camps will begin this fall and will be taught on SJR State’s Palatka campus. Expansion of course and program offerings is planned for the Clay County campus in 2019. For more information, contact or call (904) 276-6893.


Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020