Today, Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), issued the following statement on the signing of House Bill 7071 by Governor Ron DeSantis.
“In signing this important legislation today, Governor Ron DeSantis is accelerating Florida toward the nation’s top spot in workforce development.
“This comprehensive plan to align career education with 21st century jobs and boost access to college degrees is a strategic and powerful step to help students, businesses and communities thrive long into the future.
“I commend the Governor and Florida lawmakers, including President Bill Galvano and Speaker Jose Oliva, for their commitment to making workforce education, college completion and student success a top priority.”
House Bill 7071 includes the following initiatives and policies:
- A critical annual review of workforce education to align career and technical education to workforce demand and higher wage jobs and to eliminate dead-end pathways;
- Competitive grants to sponsor pre-apprentice/apprenticeship programs;
- SAIL to 60 initiative to strengthen the alignment between industry and learning and increase college degree or certificate attainment to 60 percent of Florida adults by 2030;
- “Last Mile” program to support individuals within 12 or fewer credits of completing college within the last eight years earn their first degree; and
- “Reverse transfer” agreement within universities and state colleges to award postsecondary credentials, such as associates degrees, to students who have earned them.
The legislation puts into law many of the priorities outlined in Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order that seeks to make Florida the top state in the nation in workforce education by 2030.