Indian River State College to build Center for Ballistics and Emerging Technology

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Governor Ron DeSantis stopped by Indian River State College to announce a 4 million dollar grant that will establish a ballistics safe glass manufacturing program at IRSC. "I am today pleased to be able to award a $4 million grant through the job growth grant fund to Indian River State College to create a new center for ballistics and emerging technology. And this is something that I think is right in our wheelhouse for as the state of Florida, because what the center is going to be able to do, students are going to learn skills they need to make ballistic assault barriers, including bulletproof glass walls and doors. So we're pride ourselves on being a law and order state. We've backed law enforcement across many different ways. Well, this is another way that we're doing this. I mean, to have a glass and a police cruiser that can actually withstand shots could be the difference between saving an officer's life or not." Governor DeSantis

Florida Construction News staff writer

Indian River State College will receive $4 million to create advanced technology workforce development programs and build an innovative Center of Ballistics and Emerging Technology. Funding is through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund (JGGF), which funds programs that build stronger communities and support workforce training across the state.

“We see an opportunity to use the job growth grant to really make an impact not just with workforce, but also for the economy here on the Treasure Coast of Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “So I am today pleased to be able to award a $4 million grant through the job growth grant fund to Indian River State College to create a new center for ballistics and emerging technology.”

The college will expand its training in advanced manufacturing, particularly in precision fabrication and mechatronics. The project complements the programs and facilities of the Eastman Advanced Manufacturing Building and the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex.

“This grant will help take technology off the shelf, put it to use, and help those who protect us,” said Indian River State College President Dr. Timothy Moore. “The Governor’s support has been instrumental. I cannot think of a more important way to demonstrate the value of education, the value of technology, and the value of leadership.”

The Center for Ballistics and Emerging Technology will serve as the nexus where industry partners, law enforcement agents, workforce training professionals, and Indian River State College students and faculty collaborate. The project plans to create more than 300 new advanced manufacturing-trained graduates over the next ten years.

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