By Lisa B. MillerInflatable boats are coming to Florida, but if you’re not the kind of student who spends a lot of time floating on the ocean floor, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has your back.
The agency announced Thursday that it has expanded its “Flatwater” online teaching training program, allowing people from around the country to apply to teach online for the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
The program will be open to people who live in Florida or are from a state that participates in the program, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
The announcement came just a week after Gov.
Rick Scott signed legislation expanding the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ “Floorwater” program, which allows FLORIDA’s Department to offer online training to those who live within the state.
It’s an expansion of what the DNR has already done, said Jeff Ziegler, the agency’s director of online teaching.
Floorwaters are water bodies, or lakes or ponds, in Florida, which can be either wet or dry.
The DNR said it will offer online classes that can be taught from a home computer or from the DFW area.
The DNR’s program also allows people to register with the DFL to start the training process.
For more than three decades, the DPL has offered online courses at no cost for people who have not previously worked in the field.
The programs will also offer more remote courses for people with disabilities, as well as online courses for students from countries with limited access to the Internet.
The online training program will launch in September and will run through March 2019, according to the DPR.
It will be available to all students who are enrolled in Florida’s online programs and are 18 or older, and to any Florida resident who has been granted a waiver from the state online program.