Gov. DeSantis Visits Charles R. Perry Construction Institute to Unveil “Building Florida’s Future” Program Initiative

February 4, 2022

Gainesville, Fla. – On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a visit to the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute at Santa Fe College (SFC) to announce the “Building Florida’s Future” program, an $89 million package of workforce education training initiatives.

During this visit, SFC’s President Paul Broadie II, Ph.D. announced that the college had been awarded a $2 million grant as one of those initiatives. With that funding, the college will develop a STEM-focused charter school on the Northwest Campus. Known as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) charter schools initiative, the program will also aid in the creation of several other charter schools on college campuses across the state.

Gov. DeSantis said the state will be funding career and technical education charters, not only at Santa Fe College, but throughout the state “so that high school students can gain credentials in high-demand fields while getting their high school diplomas.”

“When students from these new charter schools graduate, they will be prepared to join the workforce if they so choose with no debt,” DeSantis said, with nursing and other Santa Fe College students standing behind him. “And they should be able to earn very, very good salaries — some as high as six figures in certain fields,” according to the Gainesville Sun.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and Nancy Perry, the wife of CPPI’s late founder Charles R. “Chuck” Perry, have a long-running history of supporting the development of future skilled trade workers and construction management professionals within the North Central Florida Community.

Completed by CPPI in October of 2009, the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute has been a tremendous boost to SFC’s School of Construction, where students can earn two-year degrees in the building-construction field. Additionally, the school is home to apprenticeship and high school dual-enrollment programs, both of which are designed to demonstrate the benefits of construction careers to young people, and to increase the number of qualified employees for the industry. One program, in particular, is the Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) Apprenticeship Program, which CPPI has been a longtime sponsor of. The program offers training in Carpentry, Electrical, Heating & Air Conditioning, and Plumbing. For more information visit their website:

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Ranked one of Engineering News-Record’s 2021 “Top Contractors,” Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) is one of the Southeast’s largest privately held construction firms. Recognized as a powerhouse of innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship and expertise, CPPI performs a wide range of design-build, construction management and general contracting services, including project planning and modeling, budget estimating and cost management, project scheduling and construction.