During Black History month, we take time to recognize the many ways African-Americans have enriched Florida's communities, culture and history. The achievements of African-Americans touch every community, in every field of study, including science and technology.
With Jennifer Carroll as Florida's 18th Lieutenant Governor and our state's first African-American Lt. Governor, Florida is a hallmark of African-American achievement. As the Chair of Space Florida, Lt. Governor Carroll's leadership strengthens economic development across the global aerospace enterprise. Her experience as a state legislator, a small business owner, former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs and a Navy veteran are to be admired.
Lt. Governor Carroll and I are working to make Florida a place where the American dream of economic prosperity is possible for everyone. The African-American leaders of today and the past serve as role models to motivate Florida's children and young people to become tomorrow's leaders.
To help develop the future leaders of our state, I am committed to making sure every student gets a good education. Part of making sure Florida has the best educated workforce is improving education in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math. During the next few years, these fields will play an important role in preparing Florida's students for a job and attracting businesses to expand, grow or relocate to Florida to tap into our globally competitive workforce.