ERAU receives a grant of 3.9 million dollars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Embry-Riddle University is receiving a $3.9 million grant to help create the workforce of tomorrow.

This money comes from the National Science Foundation and will be aimed at recruiting more students for their cybersecurity programs.

Rep. Michael Waltz, FL 6th District, said he worked with the foundation to expand the language of the legislation to include aerospace, artificial intelligence and quantum computing so Embry-Riddle can compete for this grant. Waltz believes that given the activity on the Space Coast, it is important that Florida has a skilled workforce to meet public and private demand.

“Unfortunately, we are not producing enough STEM-focused students to fill the workforce of tomorrow, and in fact, we are estimated to be missing millions of jobs over the next decade. So having this kind of grant, fostering this kind of study focused on computing, cyber, artificial intelligence, I think is essential not just for our economy, but for our national security,” said Waltz.

Waltz shared that Embry-Riddle already has 100 students in undergraduate and graduate programs in aviation and aerospace cybersecurity.

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