During the last quarter, the Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD) welcomed three new employees, two gators, one University initiative and countless opportunities for growth!
This newsletter’s goal is to showcase OPWD accomplishments over the past quarter and highlight future plans designed to uphold our mission.
OPWD OVERALL UPDATES:
As part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative, The University of Florida has united OPWD and several colleges throughout the university to create non-credit offerings for the working individual. The colleges have spent the summer developing course material and OPWD has been working diligently to coordinate course completion and develop web and marketing materials to make these courses a success. You can view the offerings here.
Strengthening the progress toward our Engage Florida and Beyond strategic initiative, OPWD built a mutually beneficial relationship with CareerSource North Central Florida (CSNCF). CareerSource has approved OPWD as an Eligible Training Provider, with six courses currently listed. They are also providing ten scholarships for the OPWD Culinary program, and we are currently partnering on two grants. Additionally, CSNCF has been utilizing our online Workforce Readiness courses for their clients, and we are in the process of developing six new online courses for their 16- to 24-year-old target audience.
OPWD, in partnership with the UF College of Design, Construction & Planning, Kiewit Corporation, Santa Fe College, and Charles Perry Partners, Inc (CPPI), is excited to announce the arrival of a Safety Yard at the Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) Center. The Safety Yard will train college students as well as individuals in the workforce on construction safety and health principles encountered in the workplace.
OPWD sent two employees to the Digital Summit Conference in Washington, D.C., supporting our strategic initiative to strengthen and expand professional portfolios.
Two very cute (and very small) alligators took up residence in the TREEO pond!
CAREER & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION
10 Counties/Districts have Articulation Agreements with Career & Workforce Development Education (CWDE) and Florida Gateway College (FGC)!
CWDE Coordinator Niki Brightstone is currently making site visits to High Schools throughout the districts to spread information about the program.
We successfully held the first informational webinar about our program, with more coming up!
Hosted 5 Virtual Conferences
Hired two conference event planners!
Upcoming: 10 events scheduled from October to the end of November.
Hosted consistent monthly Workforce Development Committee meetings.
Over the last quarter, Custom Solutions had one program with Leadership Gainesville (48).
In the process of planning more custom programs for 2022 with Rayonier.