| Board of County Commissioners
Leon County Courthouse
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/23/2015
Public Information Officer
Through Successful Career Expo, Leon County Helps Bridge Skilled Job Gap
To address the community’s skilled job gap, Leon County Government connected more than 500 high school students and job seekers with academic institutions, private businesses, nonprofit agencies, and public sector partners. Leon County did so because within the next seven years, more than 10,000 skilled careers will become available in the Capital County region.
"Days like today show the importance of skills that pay the bills," said Leon County Commission Chairman Mary Ann Lindley. "Less than a year ago, the Board asked what Leon County could do to address the skilled job gap in our community. Today is quite the answer."
Skilled careers require more training and education than a high school diploma and less than a four-year college degree. These high-demand, high-wage opportunities include the areas of health, business, information technology, creative, and trade.
"Economy is a perennial priority of our board of County Commissioners," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Today, Leon Works connected job seekers with employers and academic institutions to help meet our County’s future employment needs."
By 9 a.m., high school juniors and seniors interested in joining the skilled workforce began exploring more than 80 exhibitors from the world of skilled career training and employment. Academic institutions engaged students with hands-on demonstrations such as welding, auto mechanic displays, and more that showcased information about their programs. Local skilled career success stories were excited to share what makes their jobs rewarding, sharing their own experiences with attendees.
"There is always something new to learn," said local success story Vincent Hunt from MASSIVE Corporation. "I really think that part of an innovator’s DNA is a deep sense of curiosity. I love to see people tap into their creativity and design the work they want to pursue."
In the afternoon, the Leon Works Expo was open to job seekers throughout Leon County. Hundreds of citizens looking for new opportunities or hoping to make a career change engaged with peers and other professionals. Job seekers attended workshops, took professional head shots, and were interviewed by community experts with the goal of enhancing their chances of employment.
Leon County recognizes that the key to a strong community is equipping citizens with the skills necessary to compete in growing and changing skilled job market. The Leon Works Expo builds upon Leon County’s continued efforts to develop and sustain a rich local economy filled with the best and brightest workers who choose to define their own success.
Leon County Government hosted the Leon Works Expo in collaboration with community partners such as Leon County Schools, Career Source Capital Region, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, City of Tallahassee, Florida Department of Education, ITT Technical Institute, Keiser University, Lively Technical Center, Tallahassee Community College, the Foundation for Leon County Schools, and World Class Schools.
For more information, contact Cristina Paredes, Director of Office of Economic Vitality at (850) 606-5300 / ParedesC@LeonCountyFL.gov or Britney Smith, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .