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STATE PROFILE
Florida
Florida Workforce Education - Career, Technical and Adult Education


Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary state goal of the Florida CRN is to provide training and resources to counselors and teachers to assist individuals in career decision-making. State activities are designed to strengthen career development programs by: 1) increasing number of districts that have written school counseling programs using the state framework; 2) influencing policy for the improvement of guidance counseling and advisement; 3) supporting career development through state-provided resources and training; 4) reaching out to teachers and counselors in workshops on labor market information and a variety of educational options.


State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries are tourism, agriculture and electronics. High growth technology fields include aerospace and telecommunications. The fastest growing careers are expected to be in nursing, customer services, retail sales, business services and construction. This year the legislature passed a bill that requires all districts to have a guidance plan and report on its status each year.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 3.0%, as compared to 4.2% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Construction
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Florida has assisted districts to develop or improve their guidance plans by awarding 42 mini-grants of up to $5,000 per school district. Training is conducted on how to develop a guidance program using Florida's School Counseling and Guidance Framework. All 67 school districts have written guidance plans. Counselors and teachers are trained on how to use labor market information with students. Workshops are also offered to counselors to learn how to use data to show the impact of their programs on student achievement.

• Florida’s Parent Primer is available on-line and can be ordered through the Department of Education Product Catalog at no charge.

• Florida CHOICES is available to schools and agencies on a CD-ROM or the Internet. It provides information on occupations, postsecondary education and financial aid as well as a portfolio for career and education planning for youth and adult audiences.
 
Primary Activities and Trainings

Florida has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Career Resource Network Seminars
• Career Tabloids (middle and high school levels)
• Conference Presentations or Exhibits
• Mini-grants to Districts (to improve their guidance plans)
• Real Game
• Training on Florida Choices (for schools and agencies)
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools105
Middle Schools 250
High Schools 495
Community Colleges 85
4-Year Colleges/Universities 13
Other 507

 
Primary Resources

Florida has published the following resources:
• Florida School Counseling & Guidance Framework
• Career Tabloids
• Counseling and Guidance Lesson Plans
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• NEXT Magazine
• Parent Primer on Career Exploration
• Products Catalog
• The Real Game Series
• The Road Ahead
• School Counselor Accountability

Program Funding and Partnerships

YearAmount
2005$207,416
2004$210,334
2003$211,582
2002$219,799
2001$192,809
Cumulative$1,041,940
Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• Other (not specified)
• Program Income
• State of Florida
Significant Program Partnerships

• Agency for Workforce Innovation

Resource Allocation


Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Zelda Rogers
Project Director
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines, Room 644
Tallahassee, FL 32339
Phone: (850) 245-0908
Fax: (850) 245-0995
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.firn.edu/doe/workforce/publicat.htm
CIDS: http://www.florida.access.bridges.com
State Administrative Location

Florida Department of Education, Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education

Regional Contact Information