Workforce Development Initiative

Workforce Development Initiative

The ability of local industry to be competitive is directly related to the education and skills of its employees. Northwest Florida State College meets these strategic workforce needs through the development of emerging fields of study and through the realignment of existing academic programs.

Career educational programs are the backbone of the workforce in the Northwest Florida region. From health care to cybersecurity and welding to public safety, students are continually earning degrees and certifications from NWF State College to join the workforce and keep it strong.

Among employers in Northwest Florida, one of the biggest challenges is finding qualified applicants to fill vacant jobs in an ever-changing marketplace. To close the skills gap, NWF State College will adapt to changing labor market needs and ensure career education and training programs are targeted to address those high-need areas.


  • 64% of jobs on the Regional Demand Occupations List for Okaloosa and Walton Counties require individuals to have an industry certification.
  • By 2020, at the current rate, the U.S. will fall short by five million workers due to a lack of individuals who have earned industry-recognized certifications.
  • Employees who possess an industry-recognized certificate can earn an annual income up to 20% higher than employees with no post- secondary education.


This initiative will:

  • Fund educational initiatives and programs aligned to meet immediate and high-demand industry needs such as cybersecurity, physical therapist assistant, medical laboratory technician, pilot certification program, engineering technology (robotics, mechatronics), airframe mechanic and powerplant mechanic.
  • Realign curricula in growing fields to keep pace with industry standards in fields such as computer science, health sciences, advanced technology and manufacturing.
  • Enable NWF State College to equip classrooms and labs with the best emerging technology and fund related professional development for our faculty.
  • Expand customized short-term training and industry-recognized programs such as hospitality, culinary, welding and emergency medical training.
  • Integrate into the curricula student apprenticeships, internships, and co-op experiences to promote job-readiness and placement.

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