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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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(850) 245-0413

Nearly One Million Dollars Awarded to Florida’s Workforce Programs
~ Florida one of only 11 states to earn grants based on its track record of success ~

TALLAHASSEE – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Florida Department of Education and Workforce Florida, Inc., $933,944 for exceeding their target performance levels for education and employment activities. Dispersed under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the grant was awarded to nearly a dozen states for continued achievement in improvements in literacy levels, job placement after training, and retention in employment.

“I’m very proud Florida’s workforce divisions are being recognized with these grant dollars,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “These funds will ensure students have continued access to proven programs, giving them the tools they need to be successful after high school.”

The funds are available to use through June 30, 2011, to support innovative workforce development and education activities. The Florida Department of Education’s Division of Career and Adult Education will partner with Workforce Florida, Inc., to use the grant funds for the following activities:

  • Postsecondary Transitions – To establish demonstration projects for developing and/or improving transition services for adult education students moving into a postsecondary education.
  • Florida’s “Talent Supply Chain” - To develop an alignment model for Florida's "Talent Supply Chain" linking workforce, education and economic development.

Both agencies will collaborate to further develop the system that will assist in creating an educated and well-trained workforce for Florida.

The Division of Career and Adult Education collaborates with school districts, community colleges, community-based organizations, and correctional institutions to provide adult education and literacy services to approximately 265,000 adult students each year. For more information about the Department of Education’s Career and Adult Education Division, visit http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/.