Our inaugural report explores the many ways students in Pinellas County are being prepared for multiple pathways following high school, including career training, technical education, and four-year colleges. The report identifies 14 indicators tied to post-secondary success for further examination. Out goal is to explore how to move the needle as a community to improve student outcomes and assure educational and opportunity equity.
Sample of key findings:
■ Wage data for Pinellas County workers show individuals with higher levels of education and training earn more Research observing the connection between education and jobs shows higher learners are more likely to move up the socioeconomic ladder, pay more in taxes, are more likely than others to be employed, and are more active citizens.
■ While not every student needs to attend a 4-year university to lead a successful life and secure a well-paying job, research indicates individuals who earn a credential beyond a high school diploma earn more over their lifetimes and are less likely to be unemployed.
■ In 2016, Florida ranked 24th among all states in degree attainment. In Pinellas County, 42% held such a degree, making Pinellas 10th among all Florida counties in degree attainment.