Jump start to job readiness
Today marked the launch of Florida's Ready to Work program, aimed at ensuring students and adults have the skills they need to succeed in the work place. "We often hear from the business community ... that they're looking for good, dependable employees," said Lucy Hadi, workforce education chancellor. This initiative, which has a $13-million start-up budget, should help in that regard, Hadi said. People can take a standardized exam focused on three areas - reading for information, applied math and locating information - and either earn a credential saying they've met the mark, or receive extra on-line training for free. The state is working to get testing sites in place in every county. For current locations, click here. "We are focusing on the juniors who are rising to the senior class and the seniors who are going to be leaving, perhaps with less than a standard diploma," Hadi said. The program should help them become more employable, she said. Former Hillsborough County superintendent Earl Lennard is working on the implementation team by pitching it to school districts across the state. For more details, click here.