St. Lucie County’s growing transformation and identity as a leading partner of Florida’s Research Coast casts the spotlight on the importance of a top-quality educational system beginning with K-12 through post graduate degrees, to meet the higher education needs of its students and targeted employers.

St-Lucie-Public-Schools_Logo_4c(CMYK)The St. Lucie County School District leadership is dedicated to providing rigorous and relevant learning in each school throughout the district that will continuously yield successful graduates. For more information on St. Lucie Public Schools, visit

 2color IRSC_1Indian River State College links Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties with five campuses, attracting over 35,000 people annuallyfor programs and courses, professional development and personal enrichment that directly responds to community needs.

Ranked as the 12th top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report, IRSC has earned a statewide and national reputation for quality and innovation. Through partnerships with businesses, community organizations, schools and universities, IRSC stays tuned to career trends and economic opportunities to develop programs that train area residents for a rewarding future. The College’s programs are offered within easy driving distance, with over 200 convenient online courses. Tuition is affordable and IRSC students benefit from many financial aid opportunities. IRSC was designated as the 3rdMost Affordable College in the country by the U.S. Department of Education.

Committed to helping each student succeed, IRSC offers Bachelor’s Degree programs, Associate in Arts Degree programs for university transfer, Associate in Science Degree programs for in-demand careers and Quick Job Training. Students focus on science, technology, health care, business, industry, education, public safety and many other fields. World-class facilities include the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the 50-acre Treasure Coast Public Safety Training complex.

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200px-Florida_Atlantic_University_seal.svgFlorida Atlantic University, founded in 1961, is currently serving 28,000 degree-seeking students on seven campuses located along state’s southeastern coastline. The University’s student body, which ranks as the most ethnically and culturally diverse in Florida’s State University System, includes many men and women of non-traditional age. Long known as an outstanding teaching institution, FAU is earning a reputation as a top research institution in areas ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to ocean engineering and coastline security, providing a solid foundation for a vibrant economy and expending high-tech industry in South Florida. Visit


1275857123-1The University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce is one of 13 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research and education centers located throughout Florida. Research began at IRREC in western St. Lucie County in 1947 with only one scientist and a small laboratory.

 With its emphasis in agriculture and natural resources, IRREC is locally, regionally, nationally and internationally known for its cutting-edge research and its quality educational programs available both onsite and online. Bachelor’s degree programs in Microbiology and Cell Science and in Environmental Management are available to students with an Associate in Arts degree. Master’s degree programs include Agricultural Education and Communication; Entomology and Nematology; Environmental Horticulture; Environmental Science; and Ecological Restoration. Certificate Programs are a unique feature of the additional educational opportunities available at IRREC. We offer five Undergraduate Certificate programs in Agribusiness Management; Geomatics; Pest Control Technology; Landscape Pest Management; and Urban Pest Management. Furthermore, we offer five Graduate Certificate Programs in Sustainable Land Resource and Nutrient Management; Soil Ecosystem Services; Wetland and Water Resource Management; Ecological Restoration; and Executive Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations.

IRREC provides regional leadership to agriculturalists through its research and extension programs in support of the university’s mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life, not only for Floridians, but for all who partake in our services. These programs include biological, chemical and cultural pest management; utilizing entomology, virology, and plant pathology of citrus; ornamental and vegetable crops; and the study of invasive plant control. Specific research areas include: water and nutrient management for citrus and flatwoods soils; epidemiology; the control of leaf and fruit diseases in citrus; evaluation of citrus and vegetable cultivars in Florida; utilization of soil amendments; micro-irrigation of horticultural crops in humid regions; leadership in citrus, vegetable and water management state extension programs on the east coast of Florida; economic production of agricultural products; post-harvest handling and packing of agricultural products; and the biological control of invasive plants and aquaculture. UF/IFAS consumer resources are available at: For more information about the Indian River Research and Education Center, visit: Complete information about UF/IFAS is available at

Nova-Southeastern-UniversityNova Southeastern University (NSU) is the nation’s eighth-largest, not-for-profit, independent university, with more than 28,000 students and 148,000 alumni; a sprawling, 300-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus; and a presence in nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, NSU’s reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish. In 1964, what was then called Nova University of Advanced Technology was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Over time, Nova added programs in law, education, business, psychology, computer science, and oceanography. In 1972, the university introduced its first off-campus course of study in education. Soon, Nova became nationally recognized for its innovative distance-learning programs. Today, field-based programs are located throughout Florida, in 23 states, and at selected international sites.


Keiser University_PSLKeiser University is a private, not-for-profit university serving nearly 18,000 students on 15 campuses and employing nearly 3,500 staff and faculty. The university has been regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1991.

Keiser University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 70 high demand degrees at its Florida campuses, and through its online, Graduate School and College of Golf divisions. Over 60 percent of students graduate in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and healthcare and the university also offers degrees in business, information technology, culinary arts, education, nursing and legal fields. Keiser University’s educational reach extends globally through its international programs including the Latin Division, a cooperative agreement in the Eastern European nation of Moldova, and a campus in Shanghai, China. Keiser University’s Port St. Lucie campus and its College of Golf campus are both conveniently located and easily accessible to residents and businesses in St. Lucie County.


Barry University logoBarry University offers more than 60 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated bachelor’s programs designed for working adults, and more than 50 graduate programs.

At Barry, you will find outstanding programs in adult and continuing education, arts and sciences, business, communication, education, graduate medical sciences, human performance and leisure sciences, law, natural and health sciences, nursing, psychology, social work and theology.

Educational Attainment Demographics

Region: St. Lucie County, Florida (12111)

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Education 2011 Population % of Population 2012 Population Change % Change
Less Than 9th Grade 18,391 9% 19,114 723 4%
9th Grade to 12th Grade 16,638 8% 16,864 226 1%
High School Diploma 69,909 35% 71,996 2,087 3%
Some College 44,385 22% 45,807 1,422 3%
Associate’s Degree 15,661 8% 16,074 413 3%
Bachelor’s Degree 23,515 12% 24,282 767 3%
Graduate Degree and Higher 13,733 7% 14,387 654 5%
Total 202,232 100% 208,524 6,292 3%



Source: EMSI Complete Employment – 2011.4


Data Sources and Calculations

Demographic Data: The demographic data in this report is compiled from several sources using a specialized process. Sources include US Census Bureau annual estimates, birth and mortality rates from the US Health Department, and projected regional job growth.

Educational Attainment Data: EMSI’s educational attainment numbers are based on Census 1990, Census 2000, the Current Population Survey, and EMSI’s demographic data. By combining these sources, EMSI interpolates for missing years and projects data at the county level. Educational attainment data cover only the population aged 25 years or more and indicate the highest level achieved.

State Data Sources: This report uses state data from the following agencies: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.