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Whether you’re one of the thousands who separate from the regional military annually, a parent looking for top-tier education for your K-12 student, or a life-long student seeking to boost your own career with industry-focused, hands-on training, Northwest Florida is home to a promising future. Six universities and multiple and community colleges and technical schools provide a comprehensive education from cradle to career while state-sponsored initiatives like Triumph Gulf Coast continue to strengthen the workforce with industry-driven training programs.

#1 State in the U.S. for Higher Education U.S. News & World Report, 2022
#15 Best college for veterans (University of West Florida) U.S. News & World Report, 2022
#3 Best school district in Florida (Okaloosa County School District) Niche, 2022
$6,000 Average in-state tuition for public universities in Florida Florida Shines
15 Higher education institutions
11,000 Certificates and degrees awarded annually Triumph Gulf Coast Fact Sheet
1,000 Certificates from Triumph Gulf Coast's regional unmanned pilot training program. Florida’s Great Northwest

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WonderFL – Santa Rosa County

Settled in the top of the Florida Panhandle, between Escambia and Okaloosa Counties, is Santa Rosa County. Santa Rosa was previously a part of Escambia County until it was divided in 1842. Now Santa Rosa is known for their beaches, wilderness and history. One fun attraction in Santa Rosa is the Gulf Breeze Zoo. With […]
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WonderFL – Okaloosa County

Being the 52nd county in Florida, Okaloosa County has not always been a part of Florida’s History. In 1915, Okaloosa County was created out of Santa Rosa and Walton County, coining the name from a steamboat that brought settlers across on the Black Water River. Since then, Okaloosa County has become a trademark in the […]
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WonderFL – Escambia County

In the northwestern tip of the Florida Panhandle, bordered by Alabama, Escambia County is a gateway into Florida. Escambia, coining the title of the “oldest county in Florida,” has a unique history of being founded by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. While the history may run deep in Escambia, the county still has something […]
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WONDERFL Community Development Blog: Calhoun County

Just two hours between the capital city of Tallahassee and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, is Calhoun County, Florida. In “CalCo” (as the locals would say), a visitor will find an array of excursions and shops to make a day out of, as well as bountiful land and water systems perfect for a […]
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