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Leon County Commission plans to connect 3,700 students to skilled job opportunities over five years

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Leon County's goal is to connect more students with skilled job opportunities

The Leon County Commission wants to connect 3,700 students with skilled job opportunities over the next five years. It’s part of the county’s updated strategic plan and Commission Chairman Nick Maddox says he’s confident they’ll deliver.

The commission plans to reach its goal partly through its Leon Works program, which is for high school juniors and seniors who are preparing for a skilled trade. The commission also is collaborating with regional partners in the building and technical trades to increase entry-level apprenticeships. Here’s Maddox:

“Staff is building out a plan that I think can get us there, but… It may seem like a stretch goal, but what I can tell you about Leon County is we find ways to get things done,” he said. “And if we set a goal of 3,700 apprenticeships out there, we fully expect as a board for our staff to bring things to the table that will help us satisfy that.”

The commission is also looking to attract sports championships, increase the stock of affordable housing, and secure $25 million in benefits for local veterans and their families. Additions to the strategic plan will be ratified at the commission’s February meeting.

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Margie Menzel covers local and state government for WFSU News. She has also worked at the News Service of Florida and Gannett News Service. She earned her B.A. in history at Vanderbilt University and her M.S. in journalism at Florida A&M University.