The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, with the help of Florida Blue, recently connected 100 students from the Glades Region with Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl tickets.
Economic developer Kelly Smallridge long has preached the importance of college degrees in building a skilled labor force. But lately she has noticed employers are looking for something different, namely workers with two-year certificates in specialties such as diesel mechanics and database administration.
The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (“BDB”) today launched a comprehensive workforce study to analyze the area’s labor force, as part of its ongoing commitment to keep Palm Beach County a premier business destination. With support from JP Morgan Chase, the workforce assessment is supported and will be guided by a PBC Skills Team comprised of the BDB, Chamber, municipalities, Career Source, Economic Council and educational leaders who convened today at the West Palm Beach Hilton for a project briefing presented by Boyette Strategic Advisors (“Boyette”).
The Business Development Board and CareerSource Palm Beach County connected local talent with local businesses at the second Palm Beach County Internship Expo.
It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and Gladys Tomlin enters her classroom at Glades Central High School. Her hair is perfectly coiffed. Her outfit includes a belted sweater and matching layers. Her nails are hot pink, her ring fingers have an accent of silver sparkles. A gold cross hangs from a chain over her turtleneck.
The School District of Palm Beach County has an opportunity for those interested in becoming a teacher in one of its 12 Glades-area schools. During the GladesFest Teacher job fair, applicants will be hired on the spot to be in the classroom after the holidays, or obtain a contract to begin work at the start of the next school year.
Lake Shore Middle School teacher Wilehelmenia Jacobs has been honored with the Governor’s Shine Award for her work as the AVID teacher for students in grades 6-8 at the Belle Glade school. During a meeting of the Florida Cabinet in Tallahassee, Governor Rick Scott recognized Dr. Jacobs along with seven other outstanding educators.
West Palm Beach, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2017) – Reports released today from CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity show that Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate for October 2017 dropped to a 3.6 percent decade low – and down 1.4 percentage points below the year ago rate of 5.0 percent. Florida’s unemployment rate matched Palm Beach County, down from 4.9 percent last year, and both are below the 3.9 percent national rate, all numbers not seasonally adjusted. The county’s unemployment rate is the lowest since March 2007 when it was 3.5 percent.
LORE was awarded a $10,000 Community Development Grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Sunny, warm, perfect “Chamber of Commerce weather” greeted a wide-ranging group of people poised in positions to help bring a tourism ripple effect to the Glades last Thursday as the City of Belle Glade and the Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County hosted an airboat tour of the Torry Island waters along Lake Okeechobee’s southern shore.