Developing a fresh supply of talent aligned to industries’ current and future needs is a focus of JAXUSA Partnership. Unlike other areas of the country, Northeast Florida has distinct advantages that make this alignment easier including:
- One primary workforce board for the region, which is highly responsive to business needs
- One school district per county; district lines are county lines
- Consolidated county and local government in City of Jacksonville/Duval County
- Two state colleges linked by one system and that are collaborative with one another
- One local state university and one private university focused on undergraduate education
- One state research university recognized nationally for patent development and tech transfer
Our local public and private schools – from pre-K to graduate school -- have unique programs such as STEM advocacy; high school Career Academies; magnet programs; education and business partnerships, internships and externships; veterans’ services; and much more.
Key Education and Workforce Initiatives
Engagement with Career Academies
This high school model produces students who are both college and career ready. We provide leadership on aligning academies with the region’s industries, encourage national standards of best practices and promote employer engagement.
Promotion of STEM
Skills in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – are key to a competitive future workforce. Through our STEM discussions with business leaders and outreach to students and parents, we seek to increase the number of people skilled in STEM fields.
Job Seeker Assistance
Our “New Path” events provide job seekers with a personal skills analysis and overview of the shifting job market. This analysis allows them to identify their transferable skills and target their job search efforts.
Employers rely on access to a skilled workforce. We connect companies with the services and tools to help them source candidates and influence the workforce pipeline.
From discussing the latest legislation impacting education to identifying business engagement best practices, we share information critical to helping businesses strategically engage in education reform.
Through our work, more than 75 regional Career Academies were created and aligned with key industries, 300 paid internships have been provided to high school students, and more than 250 job seekers were assisted through the “New Path” and “Grad Path” seminars.
WorkSource, our region’s workforce board, is a leading provider of innovative services for employers and offers candidate sourcing, training services and access to tax incentives.