Palm Beach County is an incredibly diverse community with over 1.44 million residents representing dozens of cultures, ethnicities and languages. What does it take to make a county as large and dynamic as ours come together? Let’s find out…
Achieve Palm Beach County believes that no one knows this community better than its residents and businesses. This is why we work to support and strengthen existing relationships between individuals and organizations, as well as to identify spaces where new partnerships can be made. We know the answers to our community’s educational issues can be resolved by working together to create the solutions.
The future will come, but are we ready for it?
Palm Beach County is a dynamic community whose richest asset is its members. We work here, we live here, raise our families here and go to school here. So, what happens when we don’t all have equitable access to educational supports and a post-secondary education? You get a community with a weakened workforce that is ill-equipped for a constantly growing global market.
Where Are the Jobs?
To get an idea of what jobs may be available in your area and what it will take to get those jobs, see CareerEdge’s report titled, “Where Are The Jobs?” Learn more
High school graduation matters….
The school district of Palm Beach County’s graduation rate for the 2016-2017 school year reached a historic high mark ranking making it first among Florida’s large, urban school districts and exceeding the State’s graduation rate for the class of 2017, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Education. For the second consecutive year, graduation rates increased for Black students by 10 percentage points over two years and 6.6 percentage points over two years for Hispanic students. Although these numbers look promising there are other numbers that should be extremely worrisome to the residents of Palm Beach County.
But what happens next matters more….
While the percentage of high school graduates is higher against the national average – only 42.9% of all Palm Beach County high school graduates and 31.5% of our low-income graduates are predicted to complete a post-secondary educational program within six years of high school graduation. When examining the numbers that reflect the various students in our county, it becomes abundantly clear that students from low-income homes are at a higher risk of not completing some type of post-secondary education. Data from the School District of Palm Beach County illustrates students who are entering their first year of college attain and maintain almost the same GPA whether they’re low income or not. However, the numbers for GPA and persistence drop off dramatically after the first year for low-income students.
What does it all mean for our community?
Let’s consider how those figures will translate into the future county job market. According to the “Good Jobs Study” State by State Comparison Report on Florida Completed by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, of the 1,691,000 ‘good jobs’ counted in 2015, 100% required some form of post-secondary completion. These are jobs that range from Accountants and Auditors to Brick Masons and Block Masons, Carpenters and Dental Hygienists to Machinists and Respiratory Therapists. If the graduation persistence numbers do not rise for all our students, our community business organizations will not have a sufficient pool of qualified candidates for employment with which to move forward in being competitive in today’s global marketplace.
Workforce Region 21-Palm Beach County
There’s a lot to learn before you even step into a classroom. Let us help you learn how to help yourself so you can achieve your academic goals and attain the post-secondary education you’ve been dreaming of.tell me more
Achieve Palm Beach County is made up of members who are just like you because we are residents just like you. We want to see our youth succeed and our community thrive. With your help, we can create sustainable changes that will positively impact our community for future generations.count me in