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Profile of Florida’s Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area, Report No. 10-65, December 2010
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  • 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.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Education System
Adult Education and GED
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. 11-04 Completing Adult Education Programs Improves Students’ Employability, But Program Completion Rates are Low,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 10-63 Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education,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.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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