Not all islanders are taking the summer to sit back and unwind. Some are taking advantage of a cutting edge program at Florida Keys Community College. The educational institution is partnering with the South Florida Workforce to ready young adults, perhaps lacking the proper direction necessary, to prepare for the future.
The Summer Youth Employment Program targets 18-24 year olds living in Monroe County. In addition to receiving work experience and a paycheck, the young adults are primped for the professional, and higher education arena, via “Work Readiness Training”.
Work Readiness Training
• Resume Writing
• Interview Skills
• Checkbook Balancing
Don Trell, a 19-year old Key West resident credits the employment program for opening his mind. He’s now planning to enroll at FKCC this fall, studying to be a master mechanic.
“Before I came here, I didn’t know where to start. Now, I have a new outlook,” Trell explains. “Now I know the instructors at this college are going to help me become something.”
Trell isn’t shy telling The Weekly Newspapers, he is enrolled along with his girlfriend. He wants to learn a specific skill set so he can provide for the two of them, and their future family.
At the end of the program, Trell and his fellow classmates will be prepared to enter the job market, and they will also be able to enter college. South Florida Workforce is providing funding for college tuition for any potential student who qualifies for the summer program.
FKCC will accommodate potential students on a first come, first serve basis.
Don Trell, 19 of Key West, listens intently to his instructor. He and his classmate, William Joseph, are being instructed to be prepared for a mock interview tomorrow. That includes being dressed for the Q & A. Photo by Josie Koler.