After a year of collaboration, Earn Up is making strides in achieving its goal of having 60 percent of adults with training certificates or college degrees by 2025.
The region has moved from 36 percent postsecondary attainment to 38 percent this past year. This increase represents more than 10,000 new degrees and certificates.
“We prepare students for high-demand careers through successful programs like Earn Up, bringing in first-generation, low-income high school students, adult learners and veterans transitioning to college,” said Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. “If by working collectively we can continue this strong trend line, we will meet our goal by 2025.”
Dr. Bioteau was the keynote speaker at the 3rd Quarter JAXUSA Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
She discussed the success of the college’s degree and certificate programs as well as progress made by Earn Up, FSCJ recently being awarded a $5 million Apprenticeship Grant, the Downtown Immersion Project and the College Promise Campaign.
Earn Up is a result of work by leaders of the region’s colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, local governments, business communities and nonprofit organizations.
The initiative is one of many in Northeast Florida that’s become a driving force in ensuring students have the tools and resources to enter the workforce and achieve success in the real world.
Under Dr. Bioteau, FSCJ has aligned the college’s degree and certificate programs with the top careers in Northeast Florida including Nursing, Financial Advisor, Dental Hygienist, Computer Systems Analyst and Logistics.
FSCJ was recently awarded a $5 million apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. As the lead institution, FSCJ will work to close the workforce skills gap faced by the Information Technology, manufacturing, health care and construction/trades industries across Florida by promoting the growth and expansion of quality and innovative apprenticeship programs over the next five years.
“As FSCJ looks to the future, we believe that combining educational programs with more inclusive and comprehensive community experiences, will be sustainable and long-lasting.”
About JAX Chamber
The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.
About JAXUSA Partnership:
JAXUSA Partnership is Northeast Florida’s regional economic development initiative. Using strategic research and targeted marketing, JAXUSA focuses on recruiting new companies and expanding our existing business community. Economic development partners in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties comprise the strong partnership that is driving the business development process forward. JAXUSA works closely with the independent authorities—JAXPORT, JAA, JEA and JTA—to build infrastructure to ensure we have a sustainable business climate to offer companies. Talent is an integral part of the process and our partnership with CareerSource Northeast Florida and local colleges and universities helps develop and attract a steady stream of skilled workers. The private sector investors that fund our efforts make it possible to execute the objectives and strategies outlined for the region.