Published November 27, 2019
Additional Title IV/Florida articles:
TALLAHASSEE, FL – A new Florida
education law calls for much more than
expanded high school and postsecondary
vocational and technical training opportunities.
The Workforce Education law (House Bill 7071)
promotes career education and readiness
opportunities for all public school students,
including the requirement of middle-level
career education and planning courses.
Though primarily focused on establishing
the Career and Technical Education pathway
as an alternative route for students to earn a
high school diploma, the Workforce Education
law, passed with unanimous support, requires
that students be made aware of their career
options through exploration during Grades 6-8.
Not specified in the law but already underway
in progressive Florida school districts, students
as young as elementary school age are gaining
career exposure and hands-on experiences via
robotics, coding, and STEM/STEAM/STREAM
materials and programs.
What does this emphasis on career education
mean? The surest way to prepare students
for a smooth transition into the local skilled
workforce upon high school graduation is to
implement vertically aligned pre-K-12 career
and STEM-based programs and experiences.
Career readiness is students not only
learning specific skills and concepts but also
learning how to learn and be adaptive in an
ever-changing and technologically advancing
workforce. Pitsco Education has nearly half a
century of experience developing hands-on,
minds-on robotics, coding, and STEM materials
and programs that foster development of
transferable soft skills and work-ready skills.
Read on to learn how Pitsco’s career-connected
solutions are making a difference in Florida,
across the US, and abroad.