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What Jobs Skills Are Florida Students Learning?

Earlier this week we told you about AMskills, a program bringing German-style apprenticeships to Tampa-area students. Another way Florida has tried to help school prepare students for jobs is the Career and Professional Education Act. The law helps businesses create academies within public schools to train students and help them earn professional certifications. Those certifications […]

Tampa Bay Counties Partner with Germany for Student Apprentice Program

Not every high school student wants to or even needs to go to college, but graduating students without a college degree may have a hard time gaining entry or experience at companies hiring for high paying, high skilled jobs. A local program is trying to bring that experience to graduating students. Seven years in the […]

New Florida Report Tracks State College And University Graduate Earnings

Science degrees pay. And generally, the higher the degree one earns the more they can expect to be paid — even within their field. That’s two conclusions from a first-of-its-kind economic study of Florida’s college and university graduates. Lawmakers required the annual reports two years ago, part of a push to tie the state’s education […]

Study: Not Going To College Will Cost You

The earnings gap between college graduates and those who only finish high school is growing, according to a new report this week from the Pew Research Center. The median income of a high school graduate in 2013 was about two-thirds that of a college graduates the same year. In 1979, the median income of a […]

Changing GED Adds New Problems To An Old Test

Uzelea Evans has had a tough run recently. Her unemployment payments have been hung up for six weeks because of the state’s new online system. And the mother to two lost her Tampa housing and has to move out next month. But she’s working hard toward some good news in a classroom at Metropolitan Ministries […]

Looking For A Summer Job? Play Up Your STEM Experience (And Other Advice)

Editor’s note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Karelia Arauz. The school year has ended and the summer job hunt for many teenagers is on, but with unemployment rates at about 16 percent for people ages 16-24 how can you make your resume stand out? The job market might be tough, but it’s not […]

Study Says Florida College System Has A $27 Billion Benefit

The 28 institutions that make up the Florida College System (FCS) are doing some bragging. “The Florida College System — which last year awarded almost 106,000 degrees and certificates – was built, in part, to bolster the economic foundation of our state,” said St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens at a Capitol news […]

Business Leaders Encouraged To Support New Education Standards

Businesses need to support school districts as they switch to new, tougher education standards which will help stock American companies with a competitive workforce. That’s what Kelli Wells, who heads education efforts for the GE Foundation, told a Florida business group at an Orlando discussion of Common Core State Standards. Florida, 44 states and the […]

Tampa Bay College Students Can Earn Degree After Transferring

Students who transfer to the University of South Florida can still earn a degree at their former school. USF and four Tampa Bay colleges signed a “reverse transfer” agreement Monday. That means when a student completes a class a USF, the credits can count toward an associate’s degree at Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, […]

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