OCALA, Fla. (June 14, 2017) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s quarterly board meeting got off to great start with the presentation of a $20,800 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of the region’s Career Awareness Talent Pipeline video project.
The grant will underwrite the second phase of the project highlighting public school programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing, logistics and information technology.
Dorothy Pernu, Duke Energy government and community relations manager, said the project is in line with the company’s “commitment to addressing the needs vital to healthy communities. Supporting quality educational and workforce initiatives from kindergarten through career … are a critical focus of our organization.”
Pernu said Duke joins CareerSource CLM in recognizing that” training initiatives increase the pool of diverse talent (that) helps businesses and industries respond to changing needs.”
And one way students can learn about careers and training is through expansion of the video project to training available in the region’s public schools, she said.
“It’s Duke Energy’s pleasure to support and partner with you on expansion of this project,” Pernu said as she presented the check to CareerSource CLM’s Board Chair Kathy Judkins.
Echoing Pernu’s sentiments, Judkins noted that, “nothing is more important for our future workforce than developing an understanding by parents and students of the opportunities for good careers with businesses located right here in our communities.”
Judkins, who is SECO Energy’s deputy director for civic, charitable and government affairs, was joined by representatives from Marion and Levy counties school districts. The Citrus County School District will also take part in the project but was unable to attend.
The school videos will join a growing library of company videos featuring manufacturing, logistics and information technology.
The project was piloted in Marion County last year and focused on the manufacturing industry. The videos, which are professionally produced by Digital Fury in Ocala, are shown to students, educators and parents throughout the region’s schools, at youth career expos and job fairs, and at other venues. They are also promoted via CareerSource CLM’s social media.
Participants also get a copy of the videos for their company’s own use.
During the June 14 board meeting, Judkins presented recognition plaques to those in attendance whose companies are participating in the program.
Businesses that have had videos produced or are scheduled for production include:
B-Scada, CHAMPS Software Inc., Duke Energy and Stevenson Dental Technology, all of Citrus County.
A&N and Paradox Intellectual Properties, both based in Levy County.
And in Marion County, American Panel, Artemis Plastics, Captis Furniture, Cardinal Glass, ClosetMaid, Conimar, Country Meats, Dimension Works, EurekaZone, GML Industries, Hale Products, McCall Communications, Ocala Tractor, Phoenix Wood, ProPoly, R+L Global Logistics, Scorpion Racing Products, SECO Energy, Simar Industries, SPX Flow, TJM Promos and WINCO Manufacturing.
Pictured above are John Lott, Levy County School Board assistant superintendent of curriculum; CareerSourceCLM Board Chair Kathy Judkins, Mark Vianello, CareerSourceCLM board member and Marion County Schools Executive Director of Technical Education; and Dorothy Pernu of Duke Energy; and Carol Jones, CareerSourceCLM board member and Levy County School Board Coordinator of CareerPathways/Literacy.
Duke Energy Foundation
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CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is the local, business-led nonprofit that connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career development opportunities. Last year, CareerSource CLM provided fee-free services to nearly 40,000 job seekers and more than 3,600 employers throughout the three-county area. CareerSource CLM operates four career centers.
CareerSource CLM is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers may be reached using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least three business days in advance. CareerSource CLM is a proud partner of the American Job Center network and member of CareerSource Florida.