Students to explore high-demand careers in five-week summer session


Pictured: Graduates of Journey to Success Summer 2015 program

Beginning June 13, 50 rising high school seniors and graduating students from Manatee and Sarasota counties will spend five weeks learning valuable life and work skills that will help them on a path toward a fulfilling career.

The Journey to Success program, launched by Career Source Suncoast, is intended to inspire young adults to explore careers in high demand industries including construction, healthcare, information technology and manufacturing. It prepares young adults with the skills they need to connect with local employers and qualify for their job openings.

During the five weeks, students will attend workshops to learn job and life skills, financial literacy and work readiness. They will participate in community service, visit with educational institutions and local employers and receive mentoring from community leaders. Participants in the program can be eligible for up to $1,100 in a stipend and transportation assistance.

Graduates of the program may choose to immediately enter into a job, enhance their skills with post secondary education or continue on to the Journey to Success year-round program, where they are placed into one of six paths: Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development; GED Preparation; Work Experience; Employment and Training; Life Skills Training; or Occupational Skills Training.

There is no cost to participate in the Journey to Success summer session. Students must be currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in Manatee or Sarasota county as well as meet additional eligibility requirements. Bus passes or gas cards will be provided to assist with transportation needs, and all participants will be eligible for a $900 stipend. The program is based out of Manatee Technical College for Manatee County students and Suncoast Technical College for students i n Sarasota County.

Journey to Success is made possible by the support of community partners: CareerSource Suncoast, CareerEdge Funders, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, School District of Manatee County, Sarasota County Schools, Safe Children Coalition and Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association.

To enroll in the summer session, contact Shona Taylor at staylor@careersourcesc. com or (941) 714-7449, ext. 2180.