The upcoming annual Education and Workforce Outcomes Report relies heavily on federal and state databases and presents data at the regional and county levels for the five counties in southwest Florida. Past newsletter articles have explored other data sources that allowed us to drill down further to specific county zip codes. This article continues the exploration of data sources at the school level.
As the Data & Reporting Team assembles this year’s Educational and Workforce Outcomes Report, we will be reaching out to the Coalition’s network, many of whom ARE the educators, parents, and students who found the resilience to meet the daily COVID challenges, to add their stories and to provide context around the educational outcome statistics.
Workforce Development of Hendry County, comprised of two towns, LaBelle and Clewiston, epitomize a closely-knit, small rural community. Hendry County Schools, which serves these areas, is rich in cultural diversity, and is showing a growing demand for high paying, high skilled wages. Over the past year, we have a 43% growth in our adult education classes.
Using data to solve a complex social problem is like assembling a huge jigsaw puzzle. No single puzzle piece alone holds enough clues that can help us define the optimal solution(s). In addition, there are multiple strategies to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. For example, one may like to find and assemble the outside border pieces first then fill in the remaining interior pieces -OR- one may prefer to group like colors and images first then build out to the border. All strategies have their merits and a combination of strategies often yields the best solutions.