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Florida College System Industry Certifications, Report No. 19-10, October 2019
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  • Colleges receive $1,000 for each student-earned industry certification on a list developed and maintained by the Florida Department of Education.
  • The funding list includes over 200 types of industry certifications, and students earned over 15,000 fundable certifications in 2017-18. Most (87%) of the funded certifications earned between 2013-14 and 2017 18 were in the Health Sciences and Public Safety occupational funding areas.
  • Most (90%) earned industry certification types eligible for state funding were linked to at least one statewide HSHW occupation. However, only 24% of the potential 268 occupations linked to the earned certifications were on the statewide list of HSHW occupations. In 11 of the 14 occupational funding areas, industry certifications were linked to HSHW occupations in 10 or more of the 24 workforce regions.
  • Among early career certification earners, 98% were found employed the year after certification and 63% of those employed were earning HSHW entry-level wages. Among mid-career certification earners, 99% were found employed the year after certification, and 77% showed earnings increases.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida College System
Florida College System Career Training Programs
Certification and Professional Development
Career Education
School District Workforce Education
School District Postsecondary Certificate Programs
Associate in Arts

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. 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. 10-61 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. 06-28 Workforce Estimating Conference Potential Not Realized; Barriers Can Be Addressed,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 04-19 Workforce Development System Overview,published in February 2004.
  • 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.

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