In 2007 the State of Florida enacted the CAPE Act. This legislation was passed to improve secondary academic performance, by providing a rigorous and relevant education experience, which offers course work that links to post-secondary studies and industry certification allowing access to high-wage and high-demand careers. The CAPE act requires students to earn industry certifications and specifies that these certifications should be the highest level of national or industry certification available that meets Florida’s business and emerging occupational needs.
The Florida Automobile Dealers Association sees the value in the CAPE legislation, but also recognizes the difficulties it imposes on students, schools and instructors. FADA wishes to support the CAPE initiative while being part of the solution. To accomplish this goal, the association has been working to build a cohesive, statewide “certified entry-level technician” culture among the educational/automotive community to bridge the gap between entry-level student workers and adult ASE certified technicians. This initiative will support Florida’s economic development and will be available for other states in the quest for industry certification-based career and technical education.
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If you have any questions or need assistance regarding this certification, please contact Randy Houck via email or by phone at (407) 340-0955.