Farmworker Career Development Program

About Us

The Florida Department of Education Farmworker Career Development Program (FCDP) is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Section 167, by the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Division. The purpose of the FCDP is to provide career services and appropriate training leading to year-round, unsubsidized employment to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and to provide emergency stabilization services such as food, rent, etc. to those who choose to stay in farm work.

The program makes available pesticide safety and heat stress prevention training to eligible farmworkers and supportive services to overcome educational and employment acquisition barriers. It is the intent and vision of the FCDP to provide educational and supportive services to chronically unemployed and underemployed farmworkers to obtain the career-related education needed to prepare to enter or advance in the workforce; prepare their children for success in school; and have the economic stability to exercise their rights as citizens in their communities.

Eligible farmworkers must meet US DOL criteria for being "low income," prove a history of farm work, have legal status in the United States, and be authorized by competent authority to work in the United States. Most program participants are Florida home-based farmworkers and reside in the state year-round. Florida's Farmworker Career Development Program is implemented through sub-recipient agencies located in highly populated farmworker communities. These are local direct service providers non-profit agencies, county governments, state and community colleges, technical centers, and school districts.

2014 Policy Memorandums

2013 Policy Memorandums

News & Current Events

Save the Date FCDP & DEO 2015 Annual Staff Development Conference (PDF, 1.10MB)
November 3-6, 2015 in Homestead, Florida

Farmworker Career Development Program (FCDP) Annual Staff Development Conference

The 2015 Florida Career Development Program (FCDP) Annual Conference will be held in Homestead, Florida on November 3-6, 2015 in conjunction with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Training sessions will incorporate relevant presentations and information on the following theme: "From the Fields to High-Wage Careers – Connecting the Dots!".

Monitoring Policies, Procedures and Protocols

Purpose of Monitoring

The purpose of monitoring is to identify the specific areas in which a provider is in compliance or non-compliance with federal law and regulations, state statutes and rules, and OMB Circulars. The timely identification of non-compliance provides a framework to make changes that are expected to result in programs becoming more efficient and effective. However, a comprehensive and multi-dimensional Quality Assurance System is a foundation for continuous improvement of services and systems both internally and externally. Our commitment to excellence supports accountability, collaboration, targeted technical assistance, continuous improvement and positive systemic change.

Risk-Based Monitoring

Risk assessment is a process used to evaluate variables associated with workforce education grants and assign a rating for the level of risk to the Florida Department of Education and the Division of Career and Adult Education associated with each provider. The risk assessment is conducted by the Quality Assurance Team to determine the monitoring strategy appropriate for each provider. A range of monitoring strategies includes conference calls, improvement plans, full or partial self-assessment, grant reviews, etc., with the more comprehensive strategy such as an onsite visit, designated for providers deemed to be at higher risk.


Protocols have been developed for Farmworker Career Development Program and their fiscal components. The protocols include interview questions aligned with the regulatory requirements; forms and checklists to be used for the on-site visits and other monitoring strategies are included; additional documents addressing the individual processes have also been developed.

FCDP Monitoring Resources

As deemed necessary by the United States Department of Labor/Employment and Training Adminstration, on-site monitoring of FCDP direct service providers is completed on an annual basis that addresses areas of compliance including special investigations of specific grant awards. Collaboration and cooperation with Grants Management, the Inspector General's office, the Comptroller's office and others, as appropriate, is fundamental to the success of the Quality Assurance System.

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Glossary of Terms

CARDS Cash Advance and Reporting of Disbursements System
DOL Department of Labor
FDOE Florida Department of Education
FCDP Farmworker Career Development Program
IEP Individual Employment Plan
LAC Local Advisory Council
LEA Local Education Agencies
MSFW Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker
OMB Office of Management and Budget
RFA Request for Application
RFP Request for Proposal
RWDB Regional Workforce Development Board
WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Mario Zuniga
Senior Educational Program Director
1313 N. Tampa Street, Room 103
Tampa, Florida, 33602
Phone: 813-224-1920
Fax: 813-224-1926