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Leon Commissioner To Highlight Blue-Collar Jobs In National Position

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  Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier has been appointed to serve for the National Association of Counties and the Florida Counties Foundation.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity," Dozier says. "With any kind of committees like these you get to dig deeper on the issues you are tasked with, bring ideas home but also network with great folks. Really, I hope to sell Leon County.”

Nationally, she will work with economic and workforce development. As for the state foundation, she says she hopes to focus on education programs for elected county commissioners.

Dozier says she wants to push opportunities for young people to train for jobs that don’t require a four-year bachelor degree.

“I think college is absolutely a great option for a lot of people, and it certainly proves to increase your income overtime versus not having a college degree," she says. "But some of these other jobs and career paths can be very valuable, can give you good salaries (and) good stability. I don’t think we talk about them enough for options, as options for students coming out of high school or community college or returning to the workforce.” 

As a veteran of the construction industry, Dozier says she has personal experience with the importance of these jobs for a local economy. She says employers in this field have openings for young people graduating high school and community college but can’t find the skilled labor to fill the positions.

Dozier says she applied for the position at the National Association of Counties and received an invitation to be on the Florida Counties Foundation.

In a press release, Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor says Dozier will serve her appointments well through her leadership and attention to detail.