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A review of Florida's work force development (WD) system focuses on state-level entities and programs involved in providing job training services, workforce education services, and other services to help persons obtain and retain jobs. State-level WD entities consist of 10 state agencies and public-private partnerships, 2 primary state-level boards, and 33 other commissions, boards, and councils. State agencies and 2 primary boards administer 61 WD programs. At the local level, 24 regional WD boards and 24 local Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency (WAGES) coalitions provide access to WD services at 179 1-stop career centers. Florida's current WD system is highly fragmented and impeded with over 270 entities involved in service delivery and planning. Programs overlap in providing the same services and/or serving the same population groups. Service delivery for postsecondary vocational education is divided between school districts and the community college system. At a minimum, incremental streamlining of the system could be achieved through elimination of the WAGES Program State Board and further privatization in the Workers' Compensation Reemployment Services Program. (These appendixes follow the 20-page report: state agencies and public-private partnerships involved in Florida's WD system; state-level commissions, boards, and councils involved; survey of state WD programs; regional WD boards; WD programs providing the same services, serving the same population groups, or providing the same services to the same targeted population groups; and responses to the review.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Delivery Systems, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Job Banks, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Secondary Education, State Programs, Systems Development

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Author: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.


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