For Immediate Release 
April 28, 2011 

AWI Communications Office
(850) 245-7130



 TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today joined Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo and several education and business partners to officially proclaim April 28th Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2011. You may read the official proclamation here

“Our children are Florida’s future workforce and need to be equipped to reach their full potential and compete in our 21st century economy,” said Governor Scott. “Today offers a great opportunity for students to spend time with family while also experiencing the workplace firsthand and learning about the emerging industries that will shape the future of our nation and our world.”

In observance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, AWI hosted a career exploration fair at the Capitol. The fair provided opportunities for elementary and middle school students to meet employers and education partners in the fastest growing fields in Florida including engineering, information technology and health care. Florida Department of Education Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education Loretta Costin, Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh and Workforce Plus President/CEO Kimberly Moore also participated.

“We must continue to support Florida’s children and encourage them to explore a variety of career options, especially in industries that will provide exciting, sustaining careers,” said Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. “We have never had a better opportunity to share the range of job possibilities with our children, and connect them to the education and training they will need to succeed.”

At today’s career exploration fair, children and their parents were introduced to the top-10 fastest growing fields in the state, eight of which have average annual earnings of more than $50,000. With unemployment rates considerably higher among Floridians with limited education, today’s event also highlighted the importance of completing additional training or education beyond high school.

Governor Scott and AWI would like to thank the following participating presenters and partners:

  • Challenger Learning Center
  • Cobb Middle School
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Florida College Access Network/ENLACE Florida
  • Florida Department of Agriculture
  • Florida Department of Education -
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement: Capitol Police K-9 Unit
  • Florida Department of State
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Florida Kid Care
  • Florida Lottery
  • Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction
  • Florida State University Athletic Department
  • Florida State University College of Communication and Information
  • Florida Transportation Builders’ Association
  • Lively Technical Center
  • Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • STARS – Students & Technology in Academia, Research and Service
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • The Able Trust
  • United Way - Empowering Effective Teachers & Communities for Student Success
  • WISE - Women in IT Sharing Experience
  • Workforce Florida
  • Workforce Plus
  • AWI Labor Market Statistics Center
  • AWI Office of Early Learning
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