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Florida Should Not Use the Targeted Occupations Lists as the Sole Criteria to Fund Career Education Programs, Report No. 10-26, March 2010
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  • The targeted occupations lists and the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) are Florida’s primary sources of information about promising employment sectors and occupations and the effectiveness of related training programs. The primary purpose of the targeted lists is to direct federal workforce funding to postsecondary programs that will prepare students for high-demand, high-wage occupations. FETPIP tracks the actual employment rates and earnings of students completing specific programs, which state and local administrators use for reporting purposes and to monitor program performance.
  • The Legislature recently considered the possibility of using the targeted occupations lists to direct state funding toward career education programs that will produce better student outcomes and meet businesses’ needs. However, when using FETPIP to measure public career education programs’ outcomes, we found that targeted programs do not perform substantially better than non-targeted programs. In addition, both the targeted lists and FETPIP have some limitations for targeting resources. As a result, it would not be feasible at this time to exclusively use the targeted occupations lists to direct state funding for career education programs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Workforce Services
Adult Education and GED
School District Workforce Education
School District Certificate Programs
Postsecondary Career Training Programs
Florida College System
Career Education
Continuing Workforce Education
Education System
Department of Economic Opportunity

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. 10-65 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. 10-24 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. 08-50 Workforce Estimating Conference Streamlined; University Funding Is Not Directly Tied to Workforce Demand,published in September 2008.
  • Report No. 06-28 Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 04-68 Progress Report: Workforce System Still Needs Financial Self-Sufficiency Performance Standards,published in September 2004.
  • Report No. 04-42 Progress Report: Students Benefit from Workforce Education Programs, But Performance Can Be Improved,published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 04-19 Workforce Development System Overview,published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-10 Review of the Workforce Development System,published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-36 Apprenticeship Program Is Beneficial, But Its Ability to Meet State Demands Is Limited,published in June 2002.
  • 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. 02-32 Workforce Development Education Program,published in May 2002.
  • Report No. 01-56 Workforce Development Education Program, Florida Department of Education,published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 99-34 Review of the Workforce Development System,published in February 2000.
  • Report No. 95-25 Review of the Postsecondary Vocational Programs ,published in January 1996.
  • Report No. 95-24 Employment Training Programs: Varied Purposes and Varied Performance ,published in January 1996.

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