• The percentage of Manatee County residents with a high-quality degree or credential is about 43.8% versus 46.9% for Florida as of 2015.
• Two-thirds of all jobs created during this decade will require postsecondary education and this goal was created to ensure we have a
skilled workforce to meet this need.
• According to the National Skills Coalition, more than half of Florida jobs will require a technical certificate or 2-year degree.
• The workforce region in-demand jobs list for 2017-2018: Physicians Assistants, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, Web
Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Ophthalmic Medical Technicians, Diagnostic Medical Sonographics, Brick Masons and Blockmasons, and Civil Engineers
• 54.5% of Manatee County’s population has a low-income rate and a 32.5% FAFSA completion rate.
• The postsecondary enrollment within 16 months of high school graduation is 68.9% for Manatee County: 73.5% White, 68.3% Black,
52.3% Hispanic, and 89.2% among the Asian population.
• The percentage of Hispanic adults ages 25 and older with a high school diploma or less is 40.1% in Manatee County versus 22.2% for
• Students in Manatee County identify a parent as the person who has helped them the most with their plans for after high school. 58% of survey participants identified a parent; the next person to help was a teacher at 15%.
• In a student survey, 44% of respondents believe they will be able to find a job in their desired career in the local community; another
34% responded that they don’t know.
• More than half of students (53%) start to think about plans after high school in middle school; 30% start in high school.
• 77% of students plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree (4-year) after high school; only 4% plan to pursue a certification/technical training.
• Community stakeholders and students say that students have limited exposure to career options.
• Parents are supportive but have limited ability to guide.
• Guidance resources are limited because of the number of counselors and a redirection of their role and responsibilities.
• Soft skills are becoming as important as technical skills.
• Of Florida’s 7.5 million households, 14.5% lived in poverty in 2015 and another 29.5% were ALICE (Asset, Limited, Constrained,
• Employed, comprising households with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living). Combined, 44% had income below the ALICE Threshold.