College to receive more than $1 million in funding to support student success initiatives
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (June 3, 2019) – As high-quality workforce credentials become increasingly critical for driving the economy and fostering better employment outcomes for Florida residents, Broward College ranks number one in the state for the number of industry certifications reported to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
During the 2018-2019 academic year, Broward College students earned 1,535 certifications or licenses in the areas of public safety, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation. This is the fifth time Broward College has lead the state in certifications, having earned the highest certifications between 2013 and 2017. Hillsborough Community College ranked second with 1,203 industry certifications awarded.
The College will receive more than $1 million in funding based on student's performance earning industry certifications. The CAPE Postsecondary Industry Certification Funding List is a part of the state colleges incentive funding to strengthen connections between education programs and workforce needs. Broward College will apply these funds to support student success initiatives leading toward additional industry credentials.
"We see the growth and expansion of industries that require new and advanced technical skills," said Dr. Mildred Coyne, executive director of Workforce Education and Economic Development. "It is essential that we make sure our students have a platform to align their skills with the qualifications employers need. The College consistently looks for new ways to create educational alignment with high paying job opportunities. Industry certifications give our students a competitive advantage in the market place."
Last year, Broward College recommended eight new industry certifications to the state, on top of the more than 150 postsecondary certifications that are already offered in high-demand industries including marine technology, nursing, manufacturing, automotive, and information technology industries.
Industry certifications are approved third-party tests that are awarded to students who have met or exceeded the established industry standard.
About Broward College:
Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.