On, Thursday, September 1, 2016, as part of a collaborative effort, City of Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz; Valencia College; Orange County Public Schools; School District of Osceola County; Orange County Sheriff’s Office; The Orlando Police Department; The Orlando Fire Department; and 13 municipalities across Central Florida announced details of their commitment to the first Central Florida Public Service College and Career Readiness Program (CFCCRP). Law Enforcement and Fire Department Agencies within Central Florida gathered to sign the memorandum of understanding that signifies their commitment to the program.
In the midst of national challenges affecting the efficiency of public safety agencies, a new academic program is set to elevate the standards of public service education, develop a new roster of homegrown public service professionals, and change the future of public safety in Central Florida.
The primary objectives of CFCCRP:
- The development and implementation of public service education and training pathways for high school students, traditional and non-traditional college students, and committed partnerships with central Florida public service organizations that screen, sponsor, and hire students in the career pathways, thus creating public service careers for students who live in, and desire to serve our local community.
- To introduce students to economic resources in designed pathways and allow them to interact with the central Florida public service industry early in their education and training journey. Committed partnerships with local law enforcement, correctional, fire/rescue, health services, and hospitality security will not only provide the agencies in these industries with qualified “home grown” candidates for employment but will also enhance a highly skilled and highly educated public service workforce for the central Florida region.
- Create economic efficiencies for public service organizations that hire students for industry certification training and employment. By creating a pool of locally trained and qualified personnel Central Florida will see economic benefits through the Career Pathways and Dual Enrollment Programs, federal grants and/or other applicable grants.
Download a copy of the CFCCRP Whitepaper. (pdf)
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