Florida Hire Ed

A unique combination of educational institutions, workforce boards and employers, known as Florida HIRE ED, improves the regional economy by filling vacant IT and health care positions with newly trained unemployed/underemployed U.S. residents.


The U.S. Department of Labor awarded funding to the University of West Florida and Chipola College to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida. The funding comes as part of the second phase of the H-1B Technical Skills Training Program through the Department of Labor, providing more than $183 million to 43 grantees. UWF is one of only six universities in the United States that received H-1B awards in this cycle. The federal grant funds originate from fees paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States under the H-1B program.  

Florida Hire Ed

Building 78, 11000 University Parkway Pensacola, Florida 32514

  • (850) 474-3083

Funding Available

The US Employment and Training Administration awarded a grant to the University of West Florida to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida. The project, Florida Hire Ed, allows UWF and Chipola College to enhance or increase the employment prospects for:

  • Unemployed or dislocated workers
  • Veterans
  • Women and African Americans
  • Low-income or under-employed individuals.
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