Northwest Florida State College Partners with Florida Department of Education for New Workforce Education Initiative

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is excited to join forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs. Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in Okaloosa and Walton Counties and to all Floridians statewide.

“Workforce, career and technical education continues to be a primary focus for Northwest Florida State College as we strive to move our region forward,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “Through our multitude of rapid-credentialing programs, students are able to enter the local workforce and quickly begin seeing returns on their investment.”

Career and technical education, often referred to as “CTE”, serves as a critical component in preparing individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Program offerings are organized into 17 career paths and are geared toward middle school, high school, district technical school and Florida College System students throughout the state.

“Get There accelerates student success, preparing them for their future and ensuring a talented workforce,” said Kathy Hebda, chancellor of the Florida College System. “With 28 state colleges and 48 technical colleges and centers spanning the state, there is a program for everyone. Whether you’ve recently experienced job loss, graduated high school or are simply looking for a career change or opportunity to stack your credentials into a degree – we want to help you Get There.”

At NWFSC students can enroll in an in demand, high-quality workforce program, move quickly, and gain critical skills needed in essential and emerging industries of the Florida Panhandle. Programs include:

·         Construction Trades

·         Culinary Arts

·         Health Sciences

·         Public Safety

·         Welding

“Career and technical education matters more than ever,” said Henry Mack, chancellor for career, technical and adult education. “Get There raises awareness about CTE and helps everyone envision the power of a workforce training opportunity for professional and personal wellbeing. By connecting students to a high value credentials at our state colleges, we will be sure to reach our goal of becoming #1 in workforce education by 2030.”

At, Floridians can learn more about CTE and workforce training programs available at state and technical colleges, align their interests with a career path and connect with their local institution to enroll.

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