Workforce Education

Programs that prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow could be looking at a future financial pick me up if a proposal to increase funding for workforce education plays out.

Lively Technical Center helps nearly 3,000 students a year enter high skill, high wage jobs. Now, workforce education programs could be looking at a budget boost.

Recently, Lt. Gov. Jennings announced a proposal to increase funding by $102.8 million in the upcoming year.

Freddie Devore, assistant principal at Lively Technical Center, says, "Small increase last year, but since we went to performance funding in 97-98 it hasn't been adequate. Funding is big plus for us."

A $23 million increase is slated for workforce development in public schools, bringing the total funding to $441 million, that's a 5.5 percent increase.

Vernea Randolph, assistant principal at Lively Technical Center, says, "Help enhance programs here at Lively, especially with nursing and aviation to make sure we have right technology."

In return it’s giving kids like Connor English a change to explore high tech job training, while achieving a childhood dream.

Connor says, "[The] program [is] helping me pursue career in aviation, and [I] always wanted to do that, [it’s] helping me out."

At the same time it’s meeting the state's current and future employment needs. Under the proposal, Florida's community colleges workforce development programs could see a $20 million increase in funding.

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