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New Website Helps Find High-Wage, High-Impact Careers

By: UWF Release
By: UWF Release

Pensacola, Fla. –

Residents of Northwest Florida now have access to a new, easy-to-use online tool providing information about high-wage, high-impact career fields, as well as salary information, job openings and educational programs in Northwest Florida.

The Career Pathways website allows Northwest Florida residents to search for careers in fields that interest them and then investigate the educational requirements and career opportunities available in the region. The tool features easy, online accessibility and simple navigation. It is the only website of its kind focusing solely on the 16-county region in Northwest Florida. Through the Career Pathways web portal, residents become aware and gain an understanding of high-skill, high-wage careers in the region and the information necessary for success in those industries.

“Career Pathways allows residents to identify career fields that interest them that are also high paying and impactful to the Northwest Florida region,” said Karen Rasmussen, chair of the UWF Department of Engineering and Computer Technology, who oversaw development of the site. “Once a career field is identified, individuals can then research job prospects and educational opportunities in the area. It is simple to use and focuses on the Northwest Florida region. It really brings a wealth of knowledge in the form of a one-stop resource.”

The portal focuses on the six high-wage, high-growth industry sectors identified in a study conducted by Florida’s Great Northwest in collaboration with SRI International. As a result of the SRI and subsequent studies, Florida’s Great Northwest found that there was not enough awareness of the region’s target industries, key jobs, salary structures, career progressions and skill requirements necessary to meet workforce demands.

This tool has been developed through the WIRED Northwest Florida Initiative as a result of that research. A federally-funded, U.S. Department of Labor grant was awarded by Florida's Great Northwest and was initiated by the Northwest Florida Higher Education Presidents’ Coalition (NFHEPC), a consortium of presidents from educational institutions across Northwest Florida. Consortium partners, including Chipola College, Gulf Coast Community College (GCCC), Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), Pensacola State College (PSC), Tallahassee Community College (TSC) and UWF, were tasked with developing a common web portal to address career and workforce needs within Northwest Florida.

“Partnerships are incredibly important to our region,” said UWF President Judith A. Bense. “This project is a step forward for the educational institutions, the local workforce boards and the residents of our region. It will help match individuals with career opportunities and direct them into the right colleges and universities. It’s a win-win for all involved.”

“The Career Pathways portal will not only assist residents of Northwest Florida in finding high-paying jobs, but also will impact the region by building a highly-educated, highly-skilled workforce,” said Jeff Helms, chairman of the Florida’s Great Northwest Board of Directors. “The portal is an invaluable tool for high school students, military personnel returning to civilian life or any individual who is underemployed or returning to the workforce.”

Other Career Pathways partner institutions include Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Florida State University (FSU), North Florida Community College (NFCC), Workforce Escarosa, Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Chipola Regional Workforce Board, Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, Workforce Plus and the North Florida Workforce Development Board.

The Career Pathways portal is located online at http://nwflcareerpathways.org/. For more information about the Career Pathways website, contact Dr. Karen Rasmussen with UWF at krasmuss@uwf.edu.


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