What is the purpose of the programs?
Florida's school district workforce education programs provide career education and adult education to help students attain skills that enable them to become or remain economically self-sufficient. Students served by the programs include individuals who are entering the workforce for the first time, seeking to upgrade their skills, or retraining to meet the changing demands of the economy.
What services are provided by the programs?
The programs offer training designed to meet local and state workforce needs and help Florida compete in a global economy by building a broadly based, highly skilled, productive workforce. The programs include adult education and occupational training through certificate, apprenticeship, and continuing education programs.
- Career certificate programs train students in technical skills that enable them to attain and sustain employment in a specific occupation.
- Adult general education includes adult basic education, adult high school, General Education Development (GED) instruction, Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Citizenship, and Applied Academics for Adult Education.
- Apprenticeship provides vocational skill training in a given job through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
- Continuing workforce education programs provide instruction for licensure renewal or skill upgrades that does not result in a technical certificate, diploma, or degree. These programs are not eligible for state funding.
How many are served by the programs?
School district workforce education programs served 202,543 students in Fiscal Year 2018-19 (total unduplicated headcount).
|Student Enrollment in Fiscal Year 2018-19 |
|Program||Number of Students|
|Adult General Education ||146,457|
|Applied Technology Diploma ||1,062|
|Source: Department of Education |
| || || |
Who provides the workforce programs?
How many students were awarded a completion point?
Students in career education programs achieve occupational completion points for demonstrating competencies/skills that are needed to obtain proficiency in a specific occupation. Students in adult education programs achieve literacy completion points for completion of identified literacy skills.
|Completion Points Achieved by Students in Fiscal Year 2017-18 |
|Program ||Number of Completion Points1 |
|Adult General Education2 ||51,118 |
|Applied Technology Diploma3 ||1,025|
|Postsecondary Career Certificate Vocational3 ||57,148 |
|1 Students may have earned more than one completion point while enrolled in a program |
|2 Completion points are literacy completion points. |
|3 Completion points are occupational completion points. |
|Source: Department of Education |
What type of statewide information is available on student outcomes?
The Department of Education and Department of Economic Opportunity provide information on outcomes for district workforce education program completers.
How are these activities funded?
The Legislature appropriates a lump sum amount for workforce education programs, which the school districts then allocate for career and adult education programs locally. A description of the funding policy is provided on the Department of Education website. In addition, s. 1009.22, Florida Statutes, requires adult education programs to assess block tuition of $45 per half year or $30 per term and career certificate and applied technology to be $2.33 per contact hour for residents and $6.99 per contact hour for non-residents.
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
Florida College System Industry Certifications, Report 19-10, October 2019
School District Postsecondary Industry Certifications, Report 19-09, October 2019
Where can I get more information?
What are the applicable statutes?
Chapter 1004 Part IV, Florida Statutes.
Whom do I contact for help?