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FCS9186: Putting Knowledge to Work: Outcome Performance of the UF IFAS Welfare-to-Work Initiative

Figure 5. Shown above in Figure 5 is the average hourly wage of participants completing WtW courses. All courses show averages above the minimum wage with the program average at $6.76 per hour. The highest hourly wage is reported by graduates of the Green Futures course with $7.50 per hour. The number of Green Futures completions is small (n=25) because the horticulture courses are taught only in three locations, Panama City, Live Oak/Lake City and Madison. It should be noted that FastTrac First Step is an entrepreneurship education course for limited income persons and does not necessarily prepare them for employment. In this case, however, participants who took these courses did not always start their own business and some went to work for an employer instead.