Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education

Report 10-63, December 2010




Report Summary

  • Florida law authorizes school districts and the Florida College System to offer similar types of workforce education programs. These programs include postsecondary career education programs that prepare individuals to work in specific jobs or occupations, and adult education programs that provide training to improve literacy, basic education, or English language skills.
  • Colleges achieved slightly better outcomes than school districts in postsecondary career education programs. College students were more likely to complete their programs, transition to full-time employment, and earn higher earnings after completing programs.
  • Performance was mixed for adult education programs. Although teenage students were more likely to stay in school or graduate after leaving school district adult education programs, adult students had similaremployment-related outcomes regardless of whether they attended adult education programs offered byschool districts or colleges.


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Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by email OPPAGA@oppaga.fl.gov, telephone (850) 488-0021, or mail 111 W. Madison St., Room 312 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475.
Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by email OPPAGA@oppaga.fl.gov, telephone (850) 488-0021, or mail 111 W. Madison St., Room 312 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475.
outcomes, workforce education, program performance, program offerings, literacy completion point, earnings gains