SHAPING MINDS, SHARPENING SKILLS

A talented labor pool is the most critical factor in the long-term success of any business. That’s why the CFDC strives to establish and sustain a skilled workforce that fulfills the needs of our region’s target industries. Within a 70-mile radius, you’ll find a workforce of 3.5 million—more than one-third of the state’s total talent pool. From world-class colleges and universities to specialized workforce training centers, Central Florida’s dedication to workforce preparedness runs deep. Whether it’s connecting employers with skilled talent or providing accessible, high-quality training programs to enhance your current workforce, we’re here to help you—and your employees—succeed.

Beneficial partnerships, unique feeder programs and innovative curricula ensure that Central Florida’s talented and skilled workforce is always ahead of the curve and growing every day.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

We believe that cultivating a skilled workforce begins with providing ambitious minds with the right intellectual opportunities. Polk County is home to six colleges and universities and seven technicals schools, offering our emerging workforce talent a number of ways to earn a solid education.

POLK CAREER ACADEMIES

Polk Career Academies are small, personalized learning communities within Polk County’s public middle and high schools. Each academy is supported by a local advisory committee, specially-designed college-prep curriculum and strategic partnerships with employers, the community and higher education institutions. Students who enroll in Career Academies benefit from rigorous and relevant education that gives them a head start on the career path of their choice.

WORKFORCE TRAINING

CareerSource Polk is a dedicated workforce development agency serving the Central Florida area. Their mission is to ensure a sustainable and quality workforce now and in the future. Offering assistance to both job creators and job seekers, they connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and help job seekers uncover employment and career development opportunities.