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State Funding for Juvenile Justice Facilities to Support Career Training and Education Programming

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has entered a partnership with the Department of Education in which the DOE makes available Carl D. Perkins grants for Juvenile Justice facilities to allow for the development of non-traditional career exploration programs. Each year, the Department of Education sets aside $450,00 to support career training and education programming in juvenile justice facilities. The purpose of the grant is to develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary students by implementing new, or improving existing, CTE programs leading to industry certification in DJJ educational programs. Under §985.622, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Education shall, in consultation with the statewide Workforce Development Youth Council, school districts, providers, and others, jointly develop a multiagency plan for career and professional education (CAPE) that establishes the curriculum, goals, and outcome measures for CAPE programs in juvenile justice education programs. The plan must include provisions for maximizing state and federal funding sources, including funds under the Workforce Investment Act and Perkins Act. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.51(3)(a) (West 2015); Fla. Stat. Ann. § 985.622(a) (West 2016).