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AmSkills, a nonprofit job training organization, has received a $3 million federal grant that will help it complete a workforce training innovation center in Pasco County, Florida . | Business Observer

HOLIDAYS — AmSkills, a nonprofit job training organization, received a $3 million grant that was part of the recently passed federal budget. The funds, appropriated by U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will be used to complete construction of a Workforce Training Innovation Center in Holiday, a community of some 22,000 people in the southern Pasco County.

In 2021, according to a press release, AmSkills purchased a 4.5 acre parcel from Holiday and renovated a 13,600 square foot building on the property. It will be used to train people in CNC machining, metallurgy, mechatronics and robotics.

The $3 million grant, the statement said, will be used to construct a new building on the property that will feature virtual reality simulators and hands-on activities designed to educate teens and adults about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. It will also offer summer and holiday camps for children that will familiarize them with new technologies such as drones and 3D printers.

“We envision young people and adults visiting to explore and learn new careers they have never considered before,” AmSkills President and CEO Tom Mudano said in the statement. “Facilities are expected to include hands-on labs, a 3D printing lab, forklift and welding simulators, robotics training, an outdoor maker pavilion, and AmSkills administrative offices.”

Bilirakis, according to the statement, is a longtime supporter of AmSkills.

“We are extremely grateful to Congressman Bilirakis for his continued support of AmSkills and for believing in us and the work we do,” Mudano said in the statement.