www.EmploymentCrossing.com Florida vocational schools provide the majority of graduates for Florida’s fastest growing occupations, according to a study conducted by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, or FAPSC. Florida has more than 800 state-licensed and regulated private career schools and colleges that educate more than 265000 students each year. In 2007-2008, more than 90000 students graduated and received a certificate, two-year, four-year, masters or PhD degree from a Florida career school or college. “Most people don’t realize that we are the backbone of Florida’s workforce,” said Kathy Mizereck, executive director of FAPSC. “Our schools truly focus on professional and technical, career-specific programs that help place students into jobs.” The fast growing careers in Florida include court reporting, information technology, health and allied health, and transportation, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. Sixty-four percent of new graduate employees working in technology and information sciences, and almost 55 percent of new graduate employees working in healthcare, are graduates of career colleges.