At the 2016 Degrees to Jobs Summit last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott awarded St. Petersburg College the Governor’s Higher Education Leadership Award in recognition of the college’s investment in Florida’s future by producing graduates with the highest entry-level wages among Florida’s state colleges.
SPC had the highest entry wage difference between average fulltime wages of College Completers (2014-15) and Local Service Area Entry Level Wages (2015) among all 28 State Colleges. The average fulltime wages of College Completers (2014-15) was $48,948 as compared to $19,802 for Local Service Area Entry Level Wages (2015), according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This was a percentage difference of 147%.
“Higher wages mean increased economic opportunities for our students and their families,” said SPC President Bill Law. “It’s why we monitor industry gaps in real time and adjust our academic programs and industry-recognized certifications to align with ever-evolving workforce demands. This is a nice honor for St. Petersburg College, but more importantly, it’s about the success of our students, the strong partnerships we share with the public and private sectors and the overall health of our local and regional economy.”
The Degrees to Jobs Summit was held in Orlando May 24-26 and included a wide array of breakout sessions. The topics included college affordability, leadership accountability and how business leaders and education officials can better connect Florida students with meaningful jobs when they graduate.
Since 2010, businesses within the state of Florida have created more than one million jobs, Gov. Scott said, and will continue to need a skilled workforce to fill those jobs.