WEST PALM BEACH- The School District of Palm Beach County’s partnership with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) extends far beyond the classroom and lecture hall, and because of that, the FAU Division of Student Affairs has recognized the District as its 2017-2018 Employer of the Year.
According to the University, the distinction is awarded to an employer partner that “demonstrates noteworthy support for FAU students through significant preparation and involvement in career readiness programs, experiential learning opportunities and in hiring FAU Owls for full-time positions.”
“As Palm Beach County’s largest employer, we are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with a local university such as FAU to not only provide training and leadership for college students, but to help support potential employees in our own backyard,” said Dr. Gonzalo LaCava, Chief of Human Resources for the School District.
The School District has significantly increased its visibility and access to students at FAU from attending only five events in the 2016 school year to 28 events over the last two years.Those events include career education workshops, career readiness/preparation programs, career fairs and other events through the year.
In this school year alone, the School District has hired nearly 400 FAU alumni, including more than 300 teachers. FAU says those hires equal more than any other other single employer during the same time period.