NWF State College Announces Walton Works Partnership with Walton County Board of County Commissioners
March 1, 2019
NICEVILLE, FL -Northwest Florida State College is excited to announce its partnership with the Walton County Board of County Commissioners in support of a Triumph Gulf Coast application for Walton Works. On February 26, 2019, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners committed $1.5 million to the $5.25 million Walton Works project, directing staff to research the ability to use funding from the RESTORE Act Pot 1 funds to fund the County’s portion of the project, affirming its support of expanding career education within Walton County.
The Walton Works project will establish a Center of Excellence for workforce training through the awarding of industry-recognized certificates at NWF State College’s Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs. The project will expand career education programs in public safety (law enforcement, fire, emergency medical technician (EMT)), cybersecurity, drone technology, and building trades (plumbing, electrical, welding, and construction). The Walton Works project will provide industrial lab space, an indoor drone facility, and a fire tower to meet area training needs.
“I’d like to thank the Walton County Board of County Commissioners and Larry Jones, County Administrator, for their commitment to expanding career education through Northwest Florida State College’s Triumph proposal, Walton Works!” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president. “We believe the implementation of the planned activities of this proposal will make a significant impact on improving lives in Walton County through enhanced economic, workforce and development efforts.”