Wakulla invests in workforce development through the education of the next generation. Our school district has been consistently A-rated for years, setting us apart from other districts within the region. In addition to classes that prepare students for college and universities, the Wakulla County School District begins career and technical learning as early as elementary school.
Since 2018, $5.8 million has been invested in a new Career and Technical Center at Wakulla High School and a suite of digital tool certifications for students as young as third grade along with drone operation certifications for high school students. Elementary-aged children can hone skills in computing, word processing, spreadsheet layout, web design database information, and cybersecurity. High school students can become certified in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations. This program is a partnership with the nearby FSU/FAMU College of Engineering and local business, Inspired Technologies.
Elementary and middle school-aged children earn certificates focused on information and communication technology. In addition, nearly half of all high school students participate in an academy and/or career-themed course, and one in four graduates enter the workforce with at least one industry certification under their belt.
Wakulla County is part of the Tallahassee, Florida MSA that stretches from the Florida-Georgia state border to the Gulf of Mexico with a laborforce of 193,058 and where 384,474 people call home. A $300 million pipeline of beautiful yet affordable housing options and amenities is underway in Wakulla. With our population growing, there is an opportunity for economic diversification and high-wage job creation. Our regional leadership sees the value of a multi-state talent development solution and, as such, has formed a three-state Workforce Alliance to coordinate sector strategies and training for your needs.
With many nearby colleges and universities nearly 22% of residents have earned a Bachelor's Degree and 16% possess a graduate degree or higher.
CareerSource Capital Region (CSCR) is the local workforce development board for the Tallahassee MSA, including Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla Counties. For employers doing business in the Capital Region and those relocating or expanding in our area, the CareerSource Capital Region Business Solutions Team offers strategic resources and tools to help a company recruit, train, and retain talent. We look forward to helping you tap into these resources.
We have a team of recruiters in place who can assist in locating talent which matches the skills needed. We are advocates for employers, ensuring you have access to the right type of talent needed for your business.
We help strengthen your workforce through grants covering training and equipment costs that help businesses of all sizes improve productivity and competitiveness. We also offer professional development workshops.
We can provide resources that help you retain your current staff. We have information on industry trends and statistics, assistance on workforce planning, wage surveys, and labor market information.