August Horizon Council Meeting Recap

On Friday, Aug. 24, more than 100 business and community members attended the Horizon Council General Membership Meeting at Florida SouthWestern State College. This month’s topic was workforce training and development in Southwest Florida.

Tessa LeSage, Director of Social Innovation & Sustainability for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation began the discussion with an overview of the FutureMakers Coalition initiative. The Coalition was formed in March 2015 and is committed to transforming the Southwest Florida workforce by increasing the number of degrees, certifications, and other high quality credentials from 37 percent to 55 percent by 2025. The regional initiative in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties comprises educators, workforce developers, business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, residents and students dedicated to finding solutions.

Dr. John Meyer, President of Hodges University and Dr. Aysegul Timur, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Johnson School of Business, spoke about Hodges’ Professional Effectiveness Certificate Program. This program was developed as a direct result of collaboration between FutureMakers, the Horizon Council, Workforce Now, CareerSource SWFL and the Regional Economic Development Summit.

The program is designed to prepare students for the workforce and to further develop soft and foundational skills in high demand. The coursework was developed to directly address the skill gaps identified by SWFL employers in entry level and experienced positions. Students will gain proficiency in writing, communication, teamwork and professionalism. The program can be completed in a variety of formats including online and in person. The certification takes a minimum of 200 hours to complete. 


Click here for the presentation. To learn more about the Professional Effectiveness Certificate Program call 833-793-0190.


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