Talent Pipeline Team
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The Talent Pipeline Team was formed cooperatively by Polk Vision in partnership with the Central Florida Development Council and is focused on filling the gap of high skill, high wage jobs necessary to meet Polk County’s current and emerging industry workforce needs.
The Polk County economy requires a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the demands of local employers. This pipeline is highly dependent upon high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment, and college completion rates.
The plan is to increase educational attainment - substantially altering local conditions, improving quality of life and serving as an economic catalyst for increased productivity.
Goals for the Team include increasing the number of students who graduate high school with a diploma and a direct pathway to a career or post-secondary education. This will provide a more robust pipeline of talent and skills and reduce the existing gap of employable individuals in particular jobs and sectors. Outcomes are measured by the number of high school graduates who then enter college or technical school, or directly enter the skilled workforce, or elect to enter the military.
POLK VISION JOINS FCAN
The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is Florida ’s first collaborative network committed to ensuring all Floridians have the opportunity to achieve an education beyond high school and prosper in Florida’s dynamic economy. Their mission is to create and sustain a statewide network of communities to increase college and career preparation, access, and completion for all Florida students. They have established a Florida Goal 2025: For 60% of working-age Floridians to hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025.
Polk Vision joined the statewide network as the representative organization serving Polk County recognizing that FCAN’s guiding values align with the work of our Education Teams:
- College is postsecondary education. FCAN uses the term “college” to refer to the attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including technical certificates and academic degrees.
- College readiness is career readiness. All Florida students deserve to receive a high-quality PreK-12 education, which prepares them academically for success in college or a career.
- College is for everyone. All Florida students deserve the opportunity to pursue a high-quality postsecondary education that prepares them to effectively participate in the 21st-century knowledge-based global economy.
- College is a public good. Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong democracy, robust economy, and healthy communities.