November 18, 2021 | Filed under: CareerSource Broward News
TAMARAC, Fla. – November 18, 2021 – CareerSource Broward (CSBD) today welcomed hundreds of military veterans and local residents to its annual Paychecks for Patriots career fair. The hiring event at the Tamarac Community Center featured more than 55 employers with a wide range of open positions, including Amazon, SIG 9 Global, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“Our annual Paychecks for Patriots event connects our veterans with jobs and employers with skilled workers. We are proud to be able to partner with the state Department of Economic Opportunity in serving our veterans,” said CareerSource Broward President and CEO Carol Hylton. “We also want to recognize our veterans staff who work with veterans in our career centers every day, we appreciate the employers that recruited with us today and we look forward to continuing our work with them as we put Broward back to work.”
Paychecks for Patriots is a partnership with the state Department of Economic Opportunity, the CareerSource Florida network, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, participating Florida employers and others to hold job fairs for veterans and their families. Local workforce development boards across Florida are hosting Paychecks for Patriots events throughout the month of November to help build connections between veteran job seekers and Florida’s job creators.
“With more than 1.5 million veterans and active duty military members residing in Florida, our military community plays a vital role to the overall success of Florida’s economy,” said Secretary Dane Eagle of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). “Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, DEO will continue to prioritize the needs of Florida’s military community and will work to help them succeed.”
Broward College, a designated Military Friendly institution, partnered with CareerSource Broward to provide information at the career fair about educational and training benefits, including financial assistance, available to veterans, in-service personnel and military dependents.
"At Broward College, finding new and improved ways to support active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families is part of our mission. Those who selflessly serve our country deserve the very best that we can provide, especially when it comes to post-secondary education and career opportunities," said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. "The funding to expand career, training and support services also helps to strengthen partnerships like the one we have with CareerSource Broward. Together, we can improve workforce education and provide greater economic outcomes for military personnel, veterans and their dependents."
Today’s CareerSource Broward event follows Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement last week that CSBD was among eight local workforce development boards statewide awarded a total of $8.6 million to expand career and support services for veterans and military family members. CareerSource Broward was awarded over $1 million through the Get There Faster: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Governor's Reserve Funds. The grant funding was approved last June by the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors to provide in-demand employment opportunities through career, training and support services to military veterans, spouses of active duty military and veterans with employment challenges such as homelessness or service-related disabilities.
“As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, our Governor values the training and skills veterans bring to Florida’s workforce,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “CareerSource Florida is working closely with our education and local workforce development board partners to ensure the grants announced today allow us to serve even more veterans and their family members, including those facing homelessness and other challenges, so they can connect with meaningful employment opportunities.”
“We are honored to be selected as a recipient of the Governor’s Get There Faster Grant,” said Hylton. “This funding will allow us to expand employment assistance, career training and support services to our military community in Broward."
The state Department of Economic Opportunity employs nearly 150 Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists throughout the CareerSource Florida network who work year-round to connect veterans with rewarding careers. Over the past year, 5,800 military veterans have been hired following assistance from the CareerSource Florida network.
“CareerSource Florida is a trusted partner that shares Veterans Florida’s commitment to connecting veterans and transitioning service members with career opportunities in Florida’s robust economy,” said Veterans Florida Executive Director Joe Marino. “We thank Governor DeSantis and the entire CareerSource Florida network for their ongoing support of military families as we work together to bolster Florida’s workforce with skilled talent.”
For a list of all Paychecks for Patriots events and locations, please visit this link. For year-round career services and recruiting, hiring and training assistance for businesses, please visit this link to contact your nearest career center.
CareerSource Broward (CSBD), the administrative entity of the Broward Workforce Development Board, is a federally‐funded, locally controlled organization that provides innovative employment solutions and quality workforce services to businesses and individuals in Broward County. These services are delivered through three strategically located career centers, which provide individual assistance with Employ Florida, job placement services, career coaching and other employment‐related needs. For more information, please visit www.careersourcebroward.com, facebook.com/CareerSourceBroward or follow @CareerSourceBD on Instagram and Twitter. The planning and execution of the event is 100% paid for by federal funds, part of a grant totaling $993,084. The award referenced in the release above is paid for by 100% federal funds through a grant totaling $1,096,113.