© 2024 Central Florida Public Media. All Rights Reserved.
90.7 FM Orlando • 89.5 FM Ocala
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
As of Friday afternoon, our 89.5 FM signal in Ocala/The Villages is off-air due to required maintenance at the radio tower facility. We apologize for the interruption and we're working to get back on-air quickly. In the meantime, you can still stream 89.5 live from our website. This does not affect 90.7 FM.

Daytona State College, Daytona Toyota Team Up for Automotive Apprenticeship Program

Photo: Daytona State College, Daytona Toyota
Photo: Daytona State College, Daytona Toyota

The program is a two-year, fully paid apprenticeship program.

The $73,145 Florida Department of Education grant will provide equipment and instructional materials for students that enroll in the two-year automotive apprenticeship. 

The curriculum designed by Daytona State College and Daytona Toyota will feature more than 2,650 hours of hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship. 

Associate Vice President Sherryl Weems says along with receiving multiple stackable certificates, students will receive hourly pay for participating in the program.

“But essentially when the students enter into the apprenticeship program they also become employees of Daytona Toyota. So, there’s a salary incentive there for the students and they start at $12 dollars an hour.”

[audio wav="https://www.wmfe.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/weems-clip-one.wav"][/audio]

Plus, Weems says students are essentially guaranteed a job in the field upon completion of the program.

“And they are incentivizing the students as they would a real-world worker in terms of their opportunities for growth and development and at the same time offering them a sense of security because students know that if they’re successful they have an opportunity to stay with the company.”

[audio wav="https://www.wmfe.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/13002_WEEMS_DANIELLE.wav"][/audio]

The grant is part of the $75 million dollars Gov. Ron DeSantis has requested to expand technical education in Florida.

Daytona State College was one of eight local schools to receive the funding.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.