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September is Workforce Development Month

by FloridaWest News




September is workforce development month

September is Workforce Development Month! FloridaWest provides support to help create a well-trained target industry workforce that attracts new employers to Escambia County and supports existing industry.

Now is the perfect time to find a job or train for a new one. Here are some of the help provided by our partners:

K-12 Career Pathways

The Greater Pensacola area has served as a flagship community in developing career and technical education in the K-12 school system through industry-driven career academies. With more than 60 career academies in Greater Pensacola at the middle- and high-school level, students have the opportunity to graduate with an industry certification as well as a diploma. Target industries, such as aviation manufacturing; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); and cybersecurity, are represented in a variety of academies. Articulation agreements with post-secondary training institutions in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties allow students seeking certifications to pursue career tracks to become a vibrant part of the local workforce. Learn More about our Career Academies

Careersource Escarosa

CareerSource Escarosa is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the workforce needs of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Classified as one of Florida’s 24 local Workforce Boards and a member of the CareerSource Florida Network, Careersource Escarosa provides employment and training resources for area job seekers and employers.

Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College has $11 million in student emergency relief grants that can be awarded to students to help them attend the College. The funds are Federal Relief Grant dollars through the CARES Act. PSC has already awarded $6 million in previous CARES Act allotments to students since June 2020.

Students who receive grants can use the funds on tuition, books/supplies, housing/utilities, food, childcare, transportation and any other items or services needed to stay enrolled in their program of study. The grants are available to new and returning students, full time or part time. These are not loans. Students will not have to pay back an awarded Federal Relief Grant.

“Every single student should be applying for this money,’’ said Debbie Douma, PSC Dean of Grants and Federal Programs. Learn More / Apply

University of West Florida

Federal emergency grants are provided to UWF students through federal funding in accordance with specified federal guidelines.Learn More / Apply

Does your business need assistance? Contact Jeff Dyer, FloridaWest’s Director of Workforce Innovation at [email protected].