FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott is busy in Southwest Florida today with a major push to bring more jobs to our area. He gave an introduction to the Market Watch Workforce Now initiative Tuesday at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.
The overall goal of the initiative is creating a world class workforce locally. Governor Scott says it all starts with lining up business with education.
"You can't have anything but a great education system to get more jobs," said Governor Scott.
Part of the plan is filling the gaps between business and education on a local level. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is one organization that works with students to bridge those gaps.
"A lot of the gaps that exist are around the critical thinking skills, oral communication skills, soft skills, that businesses are finding our students are lacking," said Anne Frazier, CEO and President of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Frazier spoke along with a panel five vocational/technical school leaders in Southwest Florida at Tuesday's meeting.
Frazier said bridging the gap status with putting business leaders directly in touch with students, recognizing they are the future of our local economy.
"Children need to know now they need to start thinking about their skills, morals interests, what their values are," she said.
Governor Scott said that means focusing on making sure every Floridian who wants to work is able to do so. He said that starts with giving students access to an education that will prepare them for college, careers, and pursuing the American dream.
"I believe in the chance to build your company to live the dream, and that's what I'm going to keep working on," said Governor Scott.