CareerSource Southwest Florida
CareerSource is the organization chartered by the state of Florida to develop, create and retain a quality workforce system in Southwest Florida and offers its professional services to all employers and job seekers in the county. Employment services are available to local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Employer services include recruiting, interviewing, candidate screening, assessments, and training. CareerSource operates three full-service Career Centers and satellite offices in Lee and Collier counties. For job seekers, CareerSource Career Centers provide job-search workshops, the use of computers, phones and faxes to assist in a job search, training opportunities for those who qualify; counseling, assessments and job placement services.
The Early Learning Coalition works to increase the availability of quality early learning programs to meet the needs of families, particularly families who are working toward economic self-sufficiency. Its Child Care Resource & Referral is a free community service that offers information and referral lists to all families seeking care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, before and after care for school-age children, and summer camp information. It ensures early learning centers deliver high-quality care and curriculum through trained staff.
Champions For Learning is the backbone organization supporting Future Ready Collier, a collaborative network working to ensure every child in Collier County is ready for kindergarten and every young person enters adulthood with a vision and a plan to accomplish that vision. Future Ready Collier is the Collier partner for the regional FutureMakers Coalition. Champion For Learning’s College and Career Preparation Program provides weekly support for 11th-12th grade students and their families. It also supports and recognizes teachers with classroom grants and awards and administers the Take Stock in Children scholarship program for underserved students.
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools enhances the quality of public education in Lee County by increasing community involvement, supporting and recognizing teachers with classroom grants and awards, and providing local students with the College & Career Center, Take Stock in Children scholarship program for underserved students, online scholarship application portal; and the Student Advocacy and Mentoring Partnership program to help at-risk students.
The FutureMakers Coalition is a regional initiative that includes businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and other organizations that aims to transform Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees, workforce certificates, industry certifications, and other high-quality credentials to 55 percent.
For more than a quarter century, The Immokalee Foundation has worked tirelessly to strengthen the residents of Immokalee— one of the nation’s largest migrant communities.
With a focus on education, vocation, and life skills, the Foundation offers students the tools, opportunities, and support they need to succeed at each level of their education. It helps more than 2,500 students annually through its individualized “Pathways to Success” programs. It also administers the Take Stock in Children scholarship program. One hundred percent of its students graduate from high school, and 100 percent are placed in post-secondary education.