Governor DeSantis grants $6.5 million to launch civic academies and training the Next generation of state and local leaders
“A solid civic education is a necessity for those entering public service,” said Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. “By providing students with a pathway to pursue careers in the public sector, Florida is ensuring smarter, more efficient state and local government for years to come.”
“FSCJ is honored to have been selected for this grant, in partnership with Polk State College and Broward College, and is dedicated to collaborating in the development of an essential program focused on producing a workforce highly skilled and civically engaged,” said John Avendano, president of the FSCJ. “Through collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, Florida College System, Lou Frey Institute, our school districts, and local municipalities and businesses, our institutions will lead the way in quality Workforce civics in the state of Florida and beyond.
“Our Florida College System institutions are honored to partner with the Florida Department of Education, the Lou Frey Institute, our school districts, and our local municipalities and government entities to foster quality civic literacy opportunities, thereby improving the Florida student life,” said Gregory Adam Haile, president of Broward College. “Improving civic literacy and related workforce training will not only benefit our students, but will also benefit Florida’s future.”
“This initiative will establish a higher education pathway for students interested in public service, using the Florida College System’s curriculum model in partnership with high schools to prepare students for in-demand jobs and rewarding careers,” said Angela Falconetti, president of Polk State College. “At a time when civic literacy and engagement are so valued, we are thrilled to partner with our local school districts and other institutions to support the development of our public service workforce and provide opportunities for students interested in these careers.”
Polk State College, Broward College and Florida State College Jacksonville will work in partnership with the Lou Frey Institute, which will serve as the lead curriculum developer for new statewide Civics Career Academies. The grant will support the development and implementation of no less than three regional civic pathway partnerships that will be managed by Polk State, Broward College, and Florida State College in Jacksonville. The three colleges will partner with their school districts to implement Civic Career Academies in their communities, anticipating more than 1,000 students enrolling in the 2023-2024 school year.
“The Career Pathways for Public Service initiative aligns with the Lou Frey Institute’s development of a civic assessment currently administered by institutions across Florida,” said Director of the Lou Frey Institute Stephen Masyada. “We are excited to expand this work by creating a secondary civics curriculum and supported teacher training that will ensure students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to succeed in both the public and in preparing for an advanced career in the public service. The value of lifelong civic learning, linking civic education and engagement with professional development and careers, is central to advancing civil society.
Governor DeSantis announced the Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative in July 2021. Of the $106 million needed to establish the initiative, $6.5 million has been allocated to the Civic Literacy Academy Program. civic career to develop partnerships between high schools and government institutions and to enable students to explore government and the public. administration as a way to inspire the next generation of leaders in Florida.
Some positions graduates would be prepared for include:
- Grants Manager
- Program Analyst and Support Staff
- Licensing Specialist
- Policy Analyst/Government Affairs
- Human Resources Support Specialist
- Project manager / File manager
- Procurement Specialist
- City/County Manager