LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on the state's colleges to improve their graduation rates.
Scott on Thursday challenged Florida's 28 public colleges to boost the number of students who graduate. Scott said that currently 43 percent of students graduate with an associate degree within three years. The governor wants that number to more than double to 100 percent.
Scott stressed that Florida's colleges, which offer both two-year and four-year degrees, need to produce more graduates to improve the skills of the state's workforce. Scott said that the colleges can meet his goal without any additional money. The governor says colleges need to connect with businesses, so they have a clear understanding of the education students need to get available jobs.
"Our customers are both the student and our customer is the business, so step one, I'd go to sit down with all the businesses and say, tell me exactly what your needs are, what jobs are there, and what do you want to make sure the education system is, so you will hire our student."
College presidents put out a statement saying they would accept Scott's challenge. But they added they need $80 million for their workforce programs in order to reach the goal.