Spotlight

Help our veterans transition from military service to a civilian career by inviting them to our Paychecks for Patriots events in November.

Chris Rivera struggled in high school and couldn’t pass the required reading FCAT. Because of that, he didn’t receive the standard high school diploma. Without a diploma, he went right to work in construction. His mother never stopped encouraging him to get his GED though. She knew the future would be challenging if he didn’t get to earn his GED and she wanted better for him.

Read more about Chris’s inspiring journey…

Career seeker, Felix Ortiz, was unemployed when he walked into our Seminole Career center to register for our services. Career Services Consultant, Lupino Reed, worked with him on his resume and helped him to secure an internship at Board Member Richard Sweat’s company .decimal.

More on Felix’s success and writing a new chapter in his career journey…

Apprenticeships are a tried-and-true training model and has been around for so long, because it works. Last year, we launched a pilot program with our business partner, The Hartford, to help streamline a career path from learning to earning.
With great pride, we’d like to share that five students have completed the apprenticeship and are working full-time at The Hartford.
Keep reading for more details…

Debra came into our office feeling defeated, but left with a new sense of hope after meeting one of our career consultants. She had moved from New York and left the security of her medical career behind to be with her son. Despite her prior experience working in the medical field, Debra struggled to find work.
Keep reading to find out how we helped Debra transform her life with a new career…

Web development and computer programming is one of the fastest growing careers in today’s economy with a projected 27% growth rate by 2024. In order to equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the Information Technology industry, we introduce to you… Code Skool!
Learn more about our Code Skool Career Exploration Program…

While visiting from Tallahassee, Ken Lawson, the new Executive Director of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), paid a quick visit to the West Career Center to personally see how we do things in the field. Mr. Lawson was taken on a comprehensive tour of the facility by West’s Career Services Manager, Ryan Ridley and even took the time to personally introduce himself to all members of the staff.

We are undoubtedly in the middle of a digital revolution. The introduction of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and now, autonomous vehicles, serve as evidence of just how rapidly things are changing in the world…and Central Florida is no different.
In just a few short weeks, Orange County will be hosting its annual Florida Simulation Summit (FSS) at the Orange County Convention Center. This year, FSS will be in conjunction with TechMatch, an event allowing small technology companies to meet with high level executives to curate an opportunity to advance business.
As an annual sponsor, we get the opportunity to learn more about the industry and connect with local tech companies to help bridge opportunities for local career seekers. Interested to learn more? Click here for more info.

Twice a year, our organization provides support at the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Business Initiative program. The fall program will be kicking off on September 10th through November 5th and is open to veterans, their spouses and family members who are looking to develop and refine their business acumen while establishing a meaningful career.

At the end of June, Our President & CEO was honored with the Hats Off to Success Community Award from Dress for Success Greater Orlando! Pam was out of town at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event so our COO, Mimi Coenen accepted the award on her behalf. This annual luncheon honors Central Florida leaders who are living out the Dress for Success mission. This organization, and all the honorees, are doing amazing things for our community.
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