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Review of the Postsecondary Vocational Programs , Report No. 95-25, January 1996

  • The public postsecondary vocational education system is the largest provider of occupational training. In 1993-94, $394 million was spent on such programs. State funds are primarily used to support these programs. We reviewed the performance of the training programs provided by vocational technical centers and community colleges. We found that 37% of all types of vocational programs produced few graduates or their graduates faired poorly in the job market.
  • Vocational programs are often offered at two or more schools in the same region or county. Such duplication of programs may be needed. However, we found that some duplicative programs had low placement rates, trained students for jobs not targeted as high wage or high skill, or had low enrollments. This unnecessary duplication was found among programs offered by both community colleges and vocational technical centers. OPPAGA recommends that the Legislature increase the use of performance-based funding programs where vocational schools and colleges earn their funding through the performance of their programs, rather than strictly enrollment of students. This could give programs added incentive to offer programs with better employment outcomes for their graduates. OPPAGA also recommends that poor-performing programs and unnecessarily duplicated programs be eliminated using objective criteria.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida College System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-07 Summary of OPPAGA Reports Examining Workforce Education Programs and Related Recommendations,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. 10-65 Profile of Florida’s Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area,published in December 2010.
  • 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. 10-18 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. 06-28  Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 01-56 Program Review: Workforce Development Education Program, Florida Department of Education, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-19 Status Report: Jobs for Florida’s Graduates Program Appears to Be Improving Its Performance, published in March 2001.

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