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2012 Florida Statutes

SECTION 492
Industry-certified career education programs.
F.S. 1003.492
1003.492 Industry-certified career education programs.
(1) Secondary schools offering career-themed courses, as defined in s. 1003.493(1)(b), and career and professional academies shall be coordinated with the relevant and appropriate industry to prepare a student for further education or for employment in that industry.
(2) The State Board of Education shall use the expertise of Workforce Florida, Inc., to develop and adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 for implementing an industry certification process. Industry certification shall be defined by the Department of Economic Opportunity, based upon the highest available national standards for specific industry certification, to ensure student skill proficiency and to address emerging labor market and industry trends. A regional workforce board or a school principal may apply to Workforce Florida, Inc., to request additions to the approved list of industry certifications based on high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand job requirements in the regional economy. The list of industry certifications approved by Workforce Florida, Inc., and the Department of Education shall be published and updated annually by a date certain, to be included in the adopted rule.
(3) The Department of Education shall collect student achievement and performance data in industry-certified career education programs and career-themed courses and shall work with Workforce Florida, Inc., in the analysis of collected data. The data collection and analyses shall examine the performance of participating students over time. Performance factors shall include, but not be limited to, graduation rates, retention rates, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship awards, additional educational attainment, employment records, earnings, industry certification, and employer satisfaction. The results of this study shall be submitted to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives annually by December 31.
History.s. 4, ch. 2004-357; s. 2, ch. 2007-216; s. 14, ch. 2010-154; s. 461, ch. 2011-142; s. 14, ch. 2012-191.