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Meet Zachary

Workforce Challenge

At the age of 20 Zachary Weller had been searching for a job to support himself while he was earning his college degree at the College of Central Florida. His lack of work experience coupled with the incredible competition for jobs kept him job searching for more than one year without luck.

Workforce Solution

His mother discovered an article in the newspaper about the Workforce Central Florida Summer Job Connection, an employment program funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act that provided valuable work experience for 1,200 young adults. Participants had the opportunity to earn $8 an hour and work up to 35 hours a week for six to 11 weeks.

Zachary applied, was accepted and attended the Summer Job Connection Summit, a full-day event for young adults in the program to learn work readiness skills such as setting goals, creating a resume, networking, developing strong customer service skills and presenting a professional attitude in the workplace. Following the work readiness portion, participants attended a job fair with employer worksites where they were interviewed and placed with employers.

Outcomes & Benefits

At the job fair, Zachary learned of an internship with the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. He was hired and spent the summer there working in human resources and risk management as a clerical aid. He was always open for advice and guidance, took pride in his work and completed tasks efficiently. His worksite praised him on everything from his personality to his work ethics and even his dress.

Because of Zachary's hard work, the Sumter County Board of Commissioners recommended him to work at the Villages at Belvedere Branch library as a library assistant, where he has now been employed for a year, while also attending school.

"The Summer Job Connection was a tremendous opportunity get the experience to get ahead when you're at the very bottom," said Zachary. "I gained clerical experience that I was able to apply to my new job."

Because of Zachary's success, he was honored with an Award of Excellence at the 2009 WORKFORCE CENTRAL FLORIDA State of the Workforce Summit.

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