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Florida College System Career Training Programs

What is the purpose of the program?

Florida College System institutions offer postsecondary career education programs to provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to perform work tasks related to specific occupations so they may attain and sustain employment and realize economic self-sufficiency.
School district career centers also offer a wide range of career training programs.

What types of career education programs do colleges offer?

Florida College System institutions offer a range of career education programs. These include career certificates, apprenticeship programs, and college credit programs(Associate in Science (AS) degrees, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees, College Credit Certificates (CCC), and Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD)). Programs (college credit and career certificates) differ in length depending on the occupation being trained for and the credential earned. The Department of Education provides a curriculum framework for each career education program. The frameworks describe the purpose of the program, structure of the program, length of the program, and the standards covered by the program.  The frameworks are currently organized into various career clusters.

What is the Career Certificate Program?

Career Certificate programs train students in technical skills that enable them to attain and sustain employment and realize economic self-sufficiency. Career certificate programs do not require students to have high school diplomas to enroll, but for programs over 450 contact hours, students must attain a specified score on a basic skills exam to complete the certificate program. Before articulating credit earned in a career certificate program, students must earn the high school diploma or its equivalent.
The top 10 career certificate programs offered by colleges for 2018-19, as reported by the department in terms of enrollment, are listed below.
Career Certificate Enrollment
Law Enforcement Officer 3,294
Fire Fighter 1,738
Correctional Officer1,064
Cosmetology987
Welding Technology 727
A/C, Refrigeration, & Heating 688
Automotive Service Technology 644
Practical Nursing 540
Early Childhood Education461
Insurance Claims Adjuster 424
Source:  Florida Department of Education, Bureau of PK-20 Education Reporting and Accountability.
Note:  Programs reported at the 10-digit CIP level.

What is the Apprenticeship Program?

Apprenticeship is a relatively long (up to five years), highly structured program that provides vocational skill training in a given job through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Students enrolled in apprenticeship programs are usually required to have a high school diploma or equivalency. Apprenticeship programs are different than other certificate programs as employers generally initiate and sponsor programs and then may enter into agreements with school districts or state colleges which provide classroom instruction and/or assist with funding. As a result, the sponsor selects the program participants who are exempt from paying registration, matriculation, and lab fees. Additional information about apprenticeship programs can be found on the department's website.
The top 9 college-supported apprenticeship programs for 2018-19, as reported by the department in terms of enrollment, are listed below.
Apprenticeship Enrollment
Electrician 1,461
A/C, Refrigeration, & Heating 385
Plumbing Technology 325
Fire Sprinkler System Technology 296
Industrial Pipefitter174
Early Childhood Education 49
Carpentry48
Sheet Metal Fabrication Technology 42
Culinary Operations 18
Source:  Florida Department of Education, Bureau of PK-20 Education Reporting and Accountability.
Note:  Full List. Only nine programs with reported enrollments in 2018-19. 

What are the Associate in Science (AS) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS)?

Associate in Science (AS) and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs prepare students for entry into the workforce. These programs require students to have a high school diploma or equivalency for admission. The AS degree is awarded to those students who complete all of the required courses for the career and technical program in addition to selected general education classes (i.e., liberal arts and sciences). Selected programs provide for articulation from an AS degree to a bachelor's degree. For an AAS degree, the coursework is more applied than an AS degree, and the degree is not intended to transfer to a bachelor's degree program.
The top 10 college programs for 2018-19, as reported by the department in terms of enrollment, are listed below.
Associate in Science/Applied Science Enrollment
Nursing (Registered Nurse) 14,039
Business Administration 11,974
Health Services Management 5,477
Criminal Justice Technology 4,689
Computer Information Technology 3,735
Paralegal Studies (Legal Assistant) 2,943
Computer Programming and Analysis 2,942
Emergency Medical Services 2,577
Early Childhood Education 2,496
Network Systems Technology 2,361
Source:  Florida Department of Education, Bureau of PK-20 Education Reporting and Accountability.
Note:  Programs reported at the 10-digit CIP level.

What are the College Credit Certificate (CCC) and the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)?

College Credit Certificate (CCC) and the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) programs are short-term segments of an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree. The College Credit Certificate program consists of the required technical courses but not general education courses. The Applied Technology Diploma programs provide entry-level courses in a specific area that can be applied toward an AS or AAS degree. The College Credit Certificate program requires students to have a high school diploma or equivalency. If the Applied Technology Diploma is being offered as a college credit program then a high school diploma or equivalency is required for admission, but if it is being offered as a clock hour program then there is no requirement for a high school diploma to enter the program.
The top 10 college programs for 2018-19, as reported by the department in terms of enrollment, are listed below.
College Credit Certificate/Applied Technology Diploma Enrollment
Business Specialist 8,381
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 5,476
Business Operations 2,838
Business Management 2,258
Paramedic 1,979
Accounting Technology Specialist 1,411
Medical Information Coder/Biller 1,140
Scientific Workplace Preparation 918
Accounting Technology Operations 720
Information Technology Support Specialist706
Source:  Florida Department of Education, Bureau of PK-20 Education Reporting and Accountability.
Note:  Programs reported at the 10-digit CIP level.

What type of statewide information is available on student outcomes?

The Department of Education and Department of Economic Opportunity provide information on post-graduation employment outcomes for Florida college graduates.
College postsecondary career education program performance measures and standards may be found in the department's Long Range Program Plan.

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
Approximately 42% of Nursing Programs Had Licensure Exam Passage Rates Below the Required Legislative Standard in 2016, Report 17-07, June 2017

Where can I get more information?

Whom do I contact for help?

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

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