Policy Series Reports

The Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act was signed into law in 2007, with the goal of increasing the partnerships between the education and business communities, and to sustain a knowledge-based economy that would attract high-value industry.  The CAPE Act set out to provide additional opportunities to gain industry certifications through relevant career-themed courses that articulate to postsecondary-level coursework, increase academic rigor at the middle and high school levels, support Florida’s local and regional economic and workforce needs, and provide residents access to high-wage and high-demand careers. 

The state achieves this through partnerships between school districts and business groups to establish career and professional academies, with the goal of graduating students with high school diplomas, national industry certifications in high-demand jobs, and college and university credits. Additionally, Florida has implemented a statewide articulation agreement, providing a minimum of 3 hours of credit toward an AAS/AS Degree per approved industry certifications.  The state has also created a Gold Standard Articulation Index which gives exact specification of credits earned for each of the certifications offered, providing a clear explanation of opportunities through each pathway.

Program Contact
Eric Owens
Director of Career and Technical Education Programs
Florida Department of Education
Phone: (850) 245-9020
Email: eric.owens@fldoe.org   

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