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September 7, 2007
Dear Friend:

High schoolers now have to choose a career track as soon as they start high school. Before they start as freshmen, they choose a track that will allow them to complete their 24-credit graduation requirement. The school districts have responded to this new requirement with a wide menu of options, and now high schoolers are already preparing for careers in one of our many licensed professions.

In order to help those students, this week we unveiled the eCareerFair. Through this site, students, teachers and parents can learn about the basic education requirements for each of our professions, see potential salaries and learn interesting facts about these careers. It provides links to other resources, including the Occupational Career Outlook, that also give more detail on their career options. It is a small step, but we hope it will be a useful resource for students who want to plan ahead and either begin their careers right after high school or start their college education a step ahead.

For those of you who have students who are in high school, the Florida Department of Education also has some useful tools, including FACTS, the online student advising program, and CHOICES, a career information delivery system. You can find them here: http://www.fldoe.org/student/#career.

Our next step will be working with the school districts and vocational schools to educate them on our licensing requirements and licensing process so that high school students who want to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation can do so. We are eager to streamline our process so that our future licensees can begin work as soon as possible.

Two quick asides: (1) for those of you who remembered our trip in June for A Place in the Sun where we visited a number of our licensees, the first segment aired Thursday night on the Florida Channel, and you can see it here: http://www.wfsu.org/tfc/fx-2007.html. (2) Our new improved website is up and running, and we’re hoping you’ll let us know how we can make it even better. Please check it out and send your feedback to: feedback@dbpr.state.fl.us.

Thanks for all you do to serve as role models for Florida’s future professionals. And now that school is back in, I hope you’ll make time to mentor; it really can make a difference.

Sincerely,
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Holly Benson
Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

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Here is a schedule of next week’s professional board meetings. For full meeting details, we’ve included a link
below to the department’s online calendar.

September 10, 2007
FLORIDA REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL BOARD
ORLANDO

September 11, 2007
BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
ST. AUGUSTINE

September 12 – 13, 2007
FLORIDA BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
TALLAHASSEE

September 12 – 14, 2007
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
PONTE VEDRA BEACH

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This week the Department unveiled the eCareerFair. Through this site, students, teachers and parents can learn about the basic education requirements for each of our professions, see potential salaries and learn interesting facts about these careers.

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