Florida Senate Pres. Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford and state congressional representatives visited the University of West Florida as part of their Work Plan Florida Regional Tour Thursday.
The tour highlights critical investments in higher education made through the 2013-2014 Florida State budget.
During their visit, the state congressmen heard from UWF faculty and staff regarding specific initiatives and, in particular, Complete Florida Degree Program.
UWF is serving as the lead institution for the online program, established by Senate Bill 1706, which targeted adult learners with prior college experience for funding to help in the completion degrees that the university, in working with job recruitment agencies and labor market data, deems most beneficial, according to the bill.
The university has until Sept. 1 to submit detailed plans to the legislature concerning how it will implement the program.
Additional funding provided by the legislature includes a second year of an IT Performance Grant, of which UWF will receive $3.75 million. In a press release, the university said it would use the money to “support its retention efforts and increase technology-degree-based graduates.”