American Graduate: Getting to Work

Locally, there is a growing need for more workers in the skilled trades. According to ESRI Business Analyst Online, 21% of the US workforce is comprised of skilled workers whereas only 13.5% of workers in the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area make up the skilled trade sector.

A young woman practices on a dummy.
Tallahassee Community College

Florida’s statewide push for workforce education and training is growing, and this week the Governor signed a bill expanding apprenticeships. Meanwhile, in the Capital City, similar efforts are happening at the local level.

Florida watchdog TaxWatch has released it’s assessment of the Florida College System. Their research found the schools raise wages for their graduates and boost the state’s economy.

Morgan Martin

Nearly 140 exhibitors and 500 students from Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties came out to observe professionals up close at the Leon Works Expo. They were able to watch licensed barbers groom young men, get hands-on experience welding with Lively Technical College and perform CPR on dummies at the Leon County’s Paramedics table.  

A group of lawmakers wearing suits stand behind Senator Hutson who is speaking at at a lecturn.
Ryan Dailey / WFSU-FM

Florida lawmakers want to give high school students another pathway to graduation. Two new bills are part of a larger push for expanded vocational education in the state.

Even with a relatively strong economy, the number of high-growth, high-skill, high-paying jobs in Florida isn't where lawmakers like Gov. Ron DeSantis would like it to be.

In part, that's because the state doesn't have enough people qualified for those careers.

CareerSource Capital Region

It’s a job seeker’s market. The tri-county region of Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla has an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. Help wanted signs are common, and it’s even worse for businesses that need extra help over the holidays.

CareerSource Capital Region CEO Jim McShane says his staff continues the push to match companies with workers who have the needed skills.

Perspectives: Workforces of the Future

Nov 29, 2018

Even though the Capital Region is technically at full employment, the jobs of tomorrow may be very different from what’s available today.  To talk about the new collaborations among many agencies and organizations to prepare today’s workforce for what’s likely to come are: Kimberly Moore, vice president for Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College; and Cristina Paredes, director of Leon County’s Office of Economic Vitality.

411 Teen: Workforce Opportunity Services

Sep 4, 2018

Workforce Opportunity Services works with high school graduates from underserved communities, and post-9/11 veterans, to develop their skills so that they can be employed in major companies. Chairman and founder Dr. Art Langer talks with 411 Teen.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: September 2, 2018 

Tom Flanigan

Leon County’s job creators were meeting with the area’s employee providers on Aug. 23rd. The fact the region is near full employment is making it ever harder to find qualified workers.

Leon Superintendent Rocky Hanna. (7/30/18)
Ryan Dailey / WFSU News

Lively Technical Center is out with a new program to bridge the skills gap in the local construction industry. It follows a recent Florida Chamber of Commerce survey showing employers continue to worry about not funding enough skilled workers.

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Business owners in Florida are worried about the quality of the state’s workforce.

A survey by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council shows an ongoing trend of employers being concerned about finding enough skilled and educated workers.

Wakulla County Schools logo

The Wakulla County School Board is getting a new automotive technician training facility. The project will cost almost $4 million dollars from a settlement with BP over the 2010 oil spill. The School Board will chip in $375,000 toward the project.

Perspectives: Post High School Pathways

May 31, 2018

There are SO many options for a rewarding, fulfilling life after graduation.  Or even for those who don’t graduate.  It’s just a matter of discovering what resources are available.  To talk about that are:  Todd Clark, Director of the Office of Articulation with the Florida Department of Education; Kevin Smith, Research Alliance Manager REL-Southeast, FCRR; Shelly Bell,| Director of Career Technology & Adult Education at Lively Tech; and Karen Wells, Associate Career Center Manager with CareerSource Capital Region.