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RIVEROAK Technical College partners with Florida Department of Education for new workforce education initiative


Get There positions career and technical education as solution to workforce needs

RIVEROAK Technical College is excited to join forces with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) for a new workforce education initiative aimed at raising awareness of short-term career and technical education programs. Get There Florida highlights the key benefits of the programs available locally in and to all Floridians statewide.

Career and technical education, often referred to as “CTE”, serves as a critical component in preparing individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. Program offerings are organized into 17 career paths and are geared toward middle school, high school, district technical school, and Florida College System students throughout the state.

“Get There accelerates student success, preparing them for their future and ensuring a talented workforce,” said Kathy Hebda, Chancellor of the Florida College System. “With 28 state colleges and 48 technical colleges and centers spanning the state, there is a program for everyone. Whether you’ve recently experienced job loss, graduated high school or are simply looking for a career change or opportunity to stack your credentials into a degree – we want to help you Get There.”

Mary Keen, Principal, shared “We are excited to join forces with the Department of Education on this innovative initiative featuring CTE! RIVEROAK Technical College provides quality skilled training to meet workforce needs locally and within the college’s service area. All postsecondary certificate programs afford students opportunities to earn industry recognized credentials or licensures ensuring they are career-ready and most programs can be completed in a year or less.”

At RIVEROAK Technical College, students can enroll in an in demand, high-quality workforce program, move quickly, and gain critical skills needed in North Florida’s essential and emerging industries. Programs include:

• Automotive Collision Technology Technician
• Automotive Service Technology 1
• Brick & Block Masonry
• Cosmetology
• Digital Design 1
• Early Childhood Education
• Electricity
• Facials Specialty
• Nails Specialty
• Nursing Assistant
• Patient Care Technician
• Pharmacy Technician
• Phlebotomy
• Practical Nursing
• Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality
• Surgical Technology
• Welding Technology

“The wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 are just beginning to be realized across our state’s workforce,” said Henry Mack, Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education. “This initiative was born from the need to match those seeking reemployment or advancement in the workplace with employers whose products and services either facilitate relief and response to the COVID-19 disruption or are not susceptible to disruption.”

At, Floridians can learn more about CTE and workforce training programs available at state and technical colleges, align their interests with a career path and connect with their local institution to enroll.