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Education System

School District Workforce Education

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
ProgramNumber of Students
Adult General Education 146,457
Applied Technology Diploma 1,062
Apprenticeship 10,681
Career Certificate44,343
Source: Department of Education

Who provides the workforce programs?

Workforce education programs are provided by 57 of the 67 school districts throughout the state. The Department of Education provides contact information for both district technical centers and adult education centers on its website.

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
Apprenticeship3 6,122
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?

Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, 850-245-0446, email:  CareerandAdultEd@fldoe.org