Florida Chamber preps students for future prospects with June summit

Filling potential skills gaps between Florida’s current students and their prospective careers while remaining mindful of population growth, the Florida Chamber Foundation will sponsor the 2016 Learners to Earners Education Summit June 2 in Orlando.

With expectations of 6 million more residents by 2030, now is the time to prepare today’s generation of learners to navigate their paths to productivity, the Chamber said. Challenges include improving the high school graduation rate and implementing tangible training opportunities such as apprenticeships or internships.

Florida’s graduation numbers have improved somewhat in the last 12 years; however, one out of every five students fails to graduate on time or ever, sacrificing financial gain over the course of their lives. Although the Miami-Dade area exceeds the state average, approximately one-fifth of residents rank as living below the poverty line.

The 2016 Learners to Earners Education Summit seeks to correct those imbalances, with business stakeholders, workforce professionals and education leaders conducting sessions on engaging today’s learners and facilitating their connections to tomorrow’s opportunities.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate, Florida, held in conjunction with the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award program.

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