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Monday, August 11, 2008

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$65 Million in Federal Funding to Enhance Preparation of Florida’s Workforce

~ Funding to support for career and technical programs in Florida ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education (DOE) announced today the recent award of more than $65 million in federal funds to improve career and technical education programs. Florida received the third largest allocation behind only California and Texas.

The federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) legislation represents a historic shift in career and technical training. The result is a focus on preparing all students for college and careers, rather than preparing students with a narrow job skill. The expectation in Perkins IV is that students may achieve a degree, certificate or credential and seamlessly transition from high school to postsecondary education.

“The Perkins IV funding will allow more students access to a wide array of career or technical training,” said Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. “This increased access will translate into additional economic opportunities for students and open up new avenues of success.”

For 2008-2009, $27,163,066 has been allocated to support secondary career and technical education programs; $6,605,948 has been allotted to support postsecondary school district career and technical education programs; and $19,036,324 has been set aside to support community college career and technical education programs. In addition, a reserve of $5,166,894 was distributed to support rural and sparsely populated areas ($2,172,902), university developmental research schools ($100,000), the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind ($150,000), school district juvenile justice facilities ($450,000), and career pathways consortia ($2,293,992).

“The funding Florida receives through Perkins IV will more effectively align Florida's workforce system and Career and Technical Education programs with the needs of business and industry,” said Workforce Chancellor Lucy D. Hadi.

Perkins IV was signed into law by President Bush in August 2006 and is the single, federal discretionary funding source supporting secondary and postsecondary career and technical education in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Florida’s Perkins IV 2008-2013 State Plan may be viewed at: http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/perkins/perkins_home.asp.