Developing the workforce of the future is essential to growth and long-term prosperity. Quality schools, learning facilities and talent development are integral components in our strategy to supporting the region and its businesses.
The Jacksonville region is home to some of the highest performing school districts in the state, according to recently released district and school grades from the Florida Department of Education. Five of our county school districts – Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau and St. Johns – are in the Top 25 Florida school districts, with St. Johns holding its ranking as the #1 K-12 public school district in Florida.
Of our region’s K-12 schools, 129 received an “A” grade. School grades are compiled based on components including achievement, learning gains, graduation rate and college and career acceleration.
Our area’s colleges and universities also work together to fill the region’s higher education needs. In downtown Jacksonville, a higher education corridor has developed as Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and Florida State College of Jacksonville opened new education facilities and tailor some of their programs to the local business community.
JAXUSA Partnership recently hired VP of Talent Development Anna Lebesch, a longtime education and workforce development executive, to lead talent recruitment and development for the region. When commenting on the region’s education offerings, Lebesch states, “We have everything in place to continue to build on our strengths as a region and work to ensure everyone in our community has an opportunity to succeed.”