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Florida meeting its workforce training goals, House subcommittee told

The state is on its way to being No. 1 in workforce education by 2030, just like Gov. Ron DeSantis promised nearly four years ago, the House Postsecondary Education & Workforce Subcommittee was told.

Kathryn Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida College System (FSC), told the subcommittee that students enrolled in the workforce education programs are thriving and the partnerships between education and employers are proving a draw for businesses.

“Enrollment in a number of those workforce programs have increased in the Florida College System,” Hebda said, responding to a question from Republican Rep. Fred Hawkins. “The overall percentage of students enrolled in the workforce program have increased compared to the traditional programs.”

The Governor has mocked higher education that puts students in debt but doesn’t make them employable.

“Some of these universities, you have to go tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt,” he said last October. “Then, if your degree is in zombie studies, what good does that do?”

Hebda showed a slide that in 2020-21, the state’s 28-institution college system had 47,031 students enrolled in workforce baccalaureate programs and 11,185 students completed it that year. And among those who completed these workforce baccalaureates, such in programs

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