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December 10, 2001

CONTACT: Lauren Cain
Director of Communications

Florida Leads Nation in Linking Workforce Education Funding to Performance

TALLAHASSEE — Florida leads the nation in tying workforce education funding to performance outcomes, according to a Program Review (Report No 01-56) from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). The report, released in November, points to the success of accountability and the progress Florida's workforce program has made in recent years.

"Workforce education in Florida is a vital link in our state's economy," said Jim Horne, secretary of the Florida Board of Education. "Florida's programs prove that our system can tailor programs to business and industry's needs, student and community needs. At the end of the day, students will find success in higher skill/high wage positions that ultimately increase wages and provide a better life for our citizens."

The OPPAGA report also highlights how:

  • workforce education in Florida focuses on programs that lead to higher average entry-level wages,
  • students who complete programs can expect substantially increased incomes,
  • more schools are removing programs that are poor performers and
  • increases are being made in high skill/high wage training programs.

The change toward high-skill/high-wage occupations has resulted in a majority of institutions having in excess of 90 percent of their programs in those areas -- Valencia Community College has 100 percent of its programs, Miami-Dade 96 percent, Indian River, Pensacola Junior College at 95 percent, etc.

The report is available on line at:, project supervisor Jane Fletcher.