The School District of Palm Beach County’s partnership with Florida Atlantic University extends far beyond the classroom, and because of that, the FAU Division of Student Affairs has recognized the school district as its 2017-18 Employer of the Year.
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 the 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 by attending 28 events over the last two years. Those events include career education workshops, career readiness/preparation programs, career fairs and more.
In this school year, the district has hired nearly 400 FAU alumni, including more than 300 teachers. FAU said those hires equal more than any other single employer.