Together, We Can Build a Talent Strong Florida


Florida’s best hope to build a resilient economy is to cultivate a well-educated workforce
— one that’s talent strong.

2 of every 3 new jobs

created in Florida by 2025 will require education or training beyond high school.

Floridians need education beyond high school to nimbly adapt and thrive in changing economic landscapes

On average, Floridians who continue their education beyond high school earn more each year.

  • Over half of Floridians have lost their job, had a pay cut, or saw a reduction of hours because of COVID-19.
  • Nearly 50% of total U.S. jobs are at risk of automation in the next several decades, and COVID-19 is accelerating this in some industries.
  • The top 10 fastest growing jobs in Florida all require degrees and certificates beyond high school.


of jobs created nationwide after the Great Recession went to people with at least some education beyond a high school diploma.

More Floridians with degrees and credentials beyond high school puts more money into the pockets of Florida families and the economy
  • Master's or higher: $109,671
  • Bachelor's degree: $73,369
  • Associate's degree: $66,809
  • Vocational certificate: $41,632
  • High school diploma: $31,508
  • Prior to COVID-19, Florida had the world’s 17th largest economy.
  • 35% of Florida workers who have had their pay negatively impacted by COVID-19 said they would need additional education or training to find work with the same wages or income.
  • On average, Floridians with bachelor’s degrees earn more than double those with only a high school diploma each year.
Opportunity in education and careers is inequitable, leaving too many people behind
  • By 2030, 54% of Florida’s workforce will be non-White, however, there are significant gaps in degree attainment for Black, Hispanic, and Native American Floridians.
  • 9 out of 10 Florida voters support making education beyond high school more accessible.
  • Only 20% of Florida voters believe that high school students are provided adequate resources to make informed decisions about options for education after high school.
  • All Floridians 41.6% 41.6%
  • Asian 61.6% 61.6%
  • Black 30.1% 30.1%
  • Hispanic 36.2% 36.2%
  • Native American 32.6% 32.6%
  • White 45.4% 45.4%

Working Together, We Can Build a Talent Strong Florida!

Communities throughout Florida are coming together to ensure education beyond high school is accessible for all, while removing the barriers that hold back lower income Floridians and people of color.

Is your community building economic resilience? Check out FCAN’s degree attainment profiles to see how your county is doing.

Seven Conditions That Create a Resilient Workforce

and Spark Economic Mobility

To meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and talent-driven economy, we believe the following Seven Conditions will help Florida succeed.

1. Opportunity for Everyone

To build a talent-strong economy, all Floridians need access to a postsecondary education and the supports to complete it.

2. Clear Information and Guidance

Students of all ages and their families need exposure and counseling early and often to make informed decisions about their futures.

3. Affordability

Postsecondary education needs to be within everyone’s financial reach, regardless of household income or life circumstances.

4. Multiple Pathways to Success

Floridians benefit from multiple learning opportunities for academic achievement and career advancement.

5. Lifelong

No degree or credential is “one and done;” Floridians need to prepare for career changes through continuous learning.

6. Data-informed

Transparent access to data on education and economic outcomes, especially for Florida’s diverse populations, help achieve our goals.

7. Community Collaboration

When community partners work together toward a shared vision, they remove barriers, build a resilient workforce, and improve the quality of life for their regions.

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Local college access networks (LCANs) are multi-sector coalitions of leaders in education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector who work toward the shared goal of erasing barriers to an education beyond high school and strengthening their region’s talent pool

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FCAN recommends Seven Conditions for Success to make Florida Talent Strong. By applying these conditions to guide our policies and programs, we will set the stage for building a resilient and recession-proof workforce for future generations


We lead the collaborative movement to ensure every Floridian achieves an education beyond high school and a rewarding career.

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