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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Infuses Energy Curriculum into Classrooms

~ Energy Career Cluster immerses Florida’s students in emerging industries ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education, alongside the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium (FEWC) capped off Careers in Energy Week by showcasing a national first – a new collection of courses focused on energy and the industries related to it. Known as the Energy Career Cluster, the new curriculum teaches students about the energy industry and emerging energy-related occupations, such as alternative energy engineering technology. The Energy Career Cluster is designed to augment a growing number of training opportunities in a variety of energy-related career pathways and programs that are offered throughout Florida’s school districts, state colleges, and state universities.

“Educating our students on this critical subject area gives them clear advantages in these emerging markets and provides them with important math and science knowledge that will benefit them no matter the job they choose,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “The collaborative work of the Florida Energy Workforce Consortium and its partners is to be commended for making this type of curriculum available in our classrooms.”

Careers in Energy Week is a weeklong celebration dedicated to raising awareness of energy careers and their importance to our communities, state, and nation. To further promote Careers in Energy Week, the FEWC is sponsoring an essay contest for Florida high school students with the theme, “Energy Workers Make a World of Difference.” The deadline for essay submissions is Oct. 29, 2010.

“Our partnership with the Florida Department of Education is a best practice throughout the nation,” said Jennifer Grove, Workforce Development Coordinator for Gulf Power Company and Co-Chair of the FEWC. “Our close working relationship has enabled us to jointly create a cluster, curriculum frameworks, and support materials that will truly help our Florida students become interested in and better prepared for the energy careers of today and tomorrow. Together we are growing Florida’s future energy talent.”

For more information on the Energy Career Cluster, visit http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/energy_cluster_frame10.asp. More information about Florida Energy Week is also available at www.fewc.org.