FSCJ's latest workforce training initiative was formally introduced to the public during a press conference held on June 15 at Downtown Campus. FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau introduced the innovative program and its purpose to prepare and place students in entry-level high-demand occupations in Construction/Trades, Culinary Arts and Global Logistics industries.
Utilizing existing outreach programs at Andrew Jackson and William M. Raines high schools and A. Philip Randolph Career Academies, Pathways to Work identified 60 Duval County high school rising seniors, who are generally at risk for graduation and consequently, have limited opportunity to attain “living wage” employment.
Also in attendance was Duval County Public Schools Director of High School Acceleration Programs Wendy Dunlap, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida President Nina Waters and three Pathways to Work students representing each of the schools and industry tracks, Barry Jinks, Priscilla Bosket and San-tee Elkridge.
William M. Raines Student Barry Jinks said, "In the past week I’ve participated in this program, it has opened my eyes. The bridge to college will be a simple one to cross with the work they are helping us with here.”
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On Wednesday, June 21, high school students in FSCJ’s Pathways to Work program had theopportunity to participate in simulated real-life financial decisions and budgeting through an event hosted by First Florida Credit Union. Students were assigned careers, salaries and played the role of parents and spouses. Visiting simulation booths, First Florida Credit Union representatives worked one-on-one with students to help them tally expenses and work to stay within their set budgets.
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