Gulf Power Foundation Provides Multi-Year Grant to Connect Okaloosa County Students With Career Pathways

STEMM Student with EV3 Robot

Local students and families now have easily accessible information to make more informed decisions about education and career options at their fingertips through Okaloosa County Career Pathways.

Specific education pathways from middle school through university level are compiled in an easy-to-follow “First, Next, Later” in a number of in-demand industry sectors along with job titles and expected hourly wages at each education level.  

Gulf Power LogoThe program is being made possible through a five-year grant from the Gulf Power Foundation to the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations with Career Pathways websites and resources being developed in the company’s eight-county service territory.  A comprehensive site – Northwest Florida Career Pathways – is underway to allow students to explore options throughout the region.  

The local program is being facilitated through the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation in partnership with the school district, other educational institutions, and civic and economic development organizations. In addition to the online and print resources, grant funds will support related activities through the education foundation each school year.  

With these funds, the Okaloosa County School District will offer a free summer camp for 24 elementary students to participate in hands-on STEMM learning activities.  In addition, the funds will be used to promote the Career and Technical Education programs across the district.

“We are honored to support our community partners as they work directly with students and families to make informed, intentional decisions about their future,” said Jennifer McFarren, deputy foundation manager of the Gulf Power Foundation. “Gulf Power has a long history of supporting collaborative workforce development efforts as we work together to grow and enhance Northwest Florida’s economy.”

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF maximizes the individual and collective strength of Florida local education foundations to support local partners and schools.  The CFEF has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members.  Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers, and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided nearly $46.5 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF):

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (OPSF) is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation. It is a partnership between families, schools, community, and business. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County. Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards.