An organization dedicated to keeping Immokalee employed

Career Source Southwest Florida, 750 South 5th Ave, Immokalee, offers various resources for people who are unemployed and under employed, seeking to learn new job skills. Career Source began with the Wagner Peyser Act of 1933, a national government program to match workers and employers. Since then, the Wagner Peyser Act has modified and undergone several changes that benefit not only workers, but also employers. The most recent change to the act, now The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, was enacted in 2014 by President Barrack Obama.

Career Source Southwest Florida have employees that are dedicated to helping men and women obtain and keep jobs. They do this by first checking a person’s employment history, create a list of job skills that the person has, and then help the person create a resume. For those who aren’t sure about what and what not to put on a resume, Career Source Southwest Florida offers free workshops on resume writing. They also give free workshops on developing interview skills and offer feedback for people wishing to sit through a mock interview.

However, besides offering ways to enhance existing job skills, Career Source Southwest Florida has access to grants that they use to help people with tuition assistance. In order to qualify for tuition assistance, a person must seek training in a high demand field such as LPN, auto mechanic, heavy equipment, machinist, etc.. Career Source Southwest Florida also has working relationships with companies such as Arthrex, which was rated as one of the best places to work by Fortune Magazine. They also offer paid work experience and on the job training. Even more, the offer up to a $575 incentive for completing one of their courses, and up to $2500 in paid work experience.

Since most careers require their employees have a GED, Career Source Southwest Florida gives financial assistance to those seeking a GED. Furthermore, since Florida companies can lawfully decline to hire anyone using tobacco, Career Source Southwest Florida has teamed with Tobacco Free Florida and offer assistance in quitting the use of tobacco. This program has an 88% satisfaction with the services.

Additionally, there is a tentative job fair for Moorings Park on September 3 from 11—3 to be held at Career Source Southwest Florida’s Immokalee location. This fair will be looking for cooks, CNAs, maintenance and lawn workers, and many other positions. If you have any questions about the Career Fair or any of the other services that Career Source Southwest Florida has to offer, contact Career Development Representative 750 S 5th St. Immokalee, FL 34142 or call (239)-658-3300 x 6701.

Lewis Perkins is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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