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Profile of Florida's Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area

Report 10-65, December 2010

Report Summary

  • Florida's workforce education programs help individuals attain skills needed to become or remain economically self-sufficient. These programs provide training designed to meet local and state workforce needs and help Florida compete in the global economy by building a broadly based, highly skilled, and productive workforce.
  • Workforce education programs include both postsecondary career education and adult education programs. Postsecondary career education programs prepare individuals for specific occupations and award various credentials upon completion. In the 2008-09 school year, Florida's school districts and colleges served approximately 187,000 students. Adult general education programs provide literacy, basic skills, and English language training to help individuals improve their job performance and/or move to higher paying jobs. Districts and colleges served approximately 320,000 students in adult education programs in the 2008-09 school year.
  • School districts also provide career education programs for high school students that enable students to earn industry certifications and postsecondary credit. High school students may take career education courses to earn secondary credit, or they may participate in dual enrollment opportunities with a district technical center or college to earn postsecondary credit. School districts and colleges have local authority to decide what workforce education programs to provide in their service areas and how to organize program delivery. As a result, workforce education programs vary throughout the state, as does the division of responsibility between districts and colleges.
  • This report is a supplement to OPPAGA Report No. 10-61, and profiles each college service area, detailing which entity (school district or college) provides workforce education programs and enrollment numbers for these programs during the 2008-09 school year. The report also includes a list of any programs that were duplicated by the college and district in the same county during that school year and a list of each entity's top five largest postsecondary career education programs.

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  3. Summary of OPPAGA Reports Examining Workforce Education Programs and Legislative Options
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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.
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