May 6, 2019
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today issued the following statement on behalf of its President & CEO Tom Feeney regarding the education policies that passed during the 2019 Legislative Session.
“AIF commends Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran for their leadership in working with the Florida Legislature to pass meaningful education reforms during the 2019 Legislative Session. Key among the historic measures that will go a long way in enhancing Florida’s education system is computer programming credit for high schools, as well as the new Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program, which will allow high schools and colleges to partner with business and industry for apprenticeships. New resources to train teachers in computer science and increase funding for college industry certification programs all are great steps to match Florida education with real jobs awaiting them in Florida businesses.
“Florida’s economic competitiveness is based largely on creating and continuing to promote the most skilled workforce in the nation. A world-class workforce is a major component of job creation and improving our workforce through education reforms, such as these, will ensure Florida continues to be one of the best states in the nation for businesses to establish themselves and thrive.”
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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