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With outstanding K-12 school districts, nationally recognized research universities, and a network of public state and community colleges, private colleges and technical centers, Northwest Florida provides an educated workforce responsive to the diverse needs of relocating or expanding businesses.

Northwest Florida’s public school districts are consistently rated the best in the state. With an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the region’s middle and high schools continue to invest in Project Lead the Way and Career High-Skill Occupational Initiative for Career Education (CHOICE) Career Academies, offering students industry recognized certifications and college credit. For more comprehensive information, please visit the Florida Department of Education’s Moving to Florida website.

With input from numerous collaborative business/education partnerships, Northwest Florida’s State and Community Colleges offer educational programs specifically designed to quickly adapt to the workforce needs of relocating and expanding businesses in the region. Institutions throughout Northwest Florida provide professional development courses, career and technical certificates, and associate and bachelors programs. Private colleges and universities also provide degree programs in the region, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Troy University.

Northwest Florida offers exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, as well as Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. In addition, advanced training opportunities are available at highly specialized institutions such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials at FSU in Tallahassee, the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, and the University of Florida’s Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) in Okaloosa County. These facilities provide cutting-edge research and development in robotics, composite materials, power systems, unmanned systems, medical technology, and artificial intelligence.

With an efficient job placement system, high percentage of high school students in advanced placement classes, and an overall efficient and affordable higher education system, Florida ranked #1 for Workforce and Training by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2011).

Click on the Names below to visit the corresponding school's website.

K - 12 School Districts

Bay Jefferson
Calhoun Leon
Escambia Liberty
Franklin Okaloosa
Gadsden Santa Rosa
Gulf Wakulla
Holmes Washington
Jackson Walton


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Florida State University - Panama City Campus
Florida A&M University Troy University
Florida State University University of West Florida

State and Community Colleges

Chipola College Northwest Florida State College
Gulf Coast State College Tallahassee Community College
Pensacola State College  

Technical Schools

CHOICE Technical Center Lively Technical Center
Gadsden Technical Institute Locklin Technical Center
George Stone Technical Center Walton Career Development Center
Haney Technical Center Washington Holmes Technical Center
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