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Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education, Report No. 10-63, December 2010
 
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  • 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 similar employment-related outcomes regardless of whether they attended adult education programs offered by school districts or colleges.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Adult General Education
School District Workforce Education
Florida College System
School District Certificate Programs
Career Education
Postsecondary Career Training Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-07 Summary of OPPAGA Reports Examining Workforce Education Programs and Legislative Options,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 11-05 Several States Offer High School Diploma Options to Address Students’ Needs and Future Goals,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 11-04 Completing Adult Education Programs Improves Students’ Employability, But Program Completion Rates are Low,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-65 Profile of Florida’s Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-62 Consolidating Workforce Education Would Bring More Uniformity; Mixed Results on Whether Evidence Supports Other Stakeholder Arguments,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-61 School Districts and Colleges Share Responsibility for Workforce Education; Duplication Is Minimal,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-35 Profile of Changes to Florida’s Public Career Education Program Offerings,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-34 School Districts and Florida College System Institutions Frequently Change Their Career Education Programs,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-26 Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations Lists as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-24 Funding Model for Career and Adult Education Is Reasonable but Needs Some Improvements,published in February 2010.
  • Report No. 10-18 Public Career Education Programs Differ From Private Programs on Their Admission Requirements, Costs, Financial Aid Availability, and Student Outcomes,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 04-42 Progress Report: Students Benefit from Workforce Education Programs, But Performance Can Be Improved,published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 02-33 Adult General Education Performance Improves; However, Placement Rates Need Improvement and the State's Residency Policy Needs Definition,published in June 2002.
  • Report No. 95-25 Review of the Postsecondary Vocational Programs ,published in January 1996.

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