Executive Director Jose Rico, and Deputy Director Marco Davis, of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will discuss the “skills gap” in the Florida job market at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at 3 p.m. today. They will discuss the Obama Administration’s strategies to increase Latino students’ access to a quality education and improve their rates of education attainment to keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy.
According to research, 59 percent of all jobs in Florida will require some postsecondary training beyond high school in 2012. And between 2008 and 2018, new jobs in Florida requiring postsecondary education and training will grow by 679,000, while jobs for high school graduates and dropouts will grow by 357,000.
This year’s conference offers policy sessions on health, education, financial empowerment, broadband adoption, and civic and political participation.