Lake Okeechobee Business Alliance

Today’s Students. Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Our future is only as strong as the leaders we are ‘growing’ right here in the Glades.

 
 

We are dedicated to helping people of the Everglades Region succeed.

Our economic sustainability and growth are heavily dependent upon a ready and able workforce. In order to ensure we have healthy business communities in the Lake O Region, we must invest in our students, our schools, and training programs.

There are numerous good local jobs available in our region but not enough qualified workers to fill the positions.

Some of these jobs require four years of schooling, many only require a certificate or hands-on training.

We aim to help build pathways for people looking to enter the workforce or find new career path, with local training and schooling opportunities.

We have gathered valuable information and resources in our area to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.

 
 

Education is key to Florida’s economic development. Video by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 
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Let us help you figure out what career path to follow

Review pay scales for occupations. Check out schools and training programs that can help you get the job you want.

 
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Hot Jobs in the Glades Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Nursing Assistants are among some of the most in-demand jobs in our region.

 
 

In-demand jobs can be found in a wide variety of industries, from hospitality and health care to technology and the skilled trades.We love this website that outlines 31 High-Demand Jobs in 2019 for Almost Every Type of Person

So, before you embark on schooling and training, consider exploring into what’s out there.

 

 

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Earn the skills and certifications you need to land the job you want. Here are programs in the Glades we recommend and resources to help you pay for schooling and training.

 
 
 

Did you know Florida has the number one state college system in America?

So, wether you are still in high school planning your future or an adult looking to embark on a new career path, there are numerous programs for people in the Glades to take advantage of. Here are some schools, resources, and programs we recommend to make your future brighter.

Hendry & Glades Counties

CareerSource Southwest Florida

Why we recommend: this state-wide program works with local community partners to provide job preparation services free of charge and also matches job seekers to training programs, financial aide, and job placement opportunities.   Learn More →

Clewiston Adult School

Why we recommend: This conveniently located school offers several valuable courses - from GED preparation, Adult Basic Education and English Classes (for people who speak other languages), to skilled trade courses such as welding, substitute teacher, and security guard certifications. Learn More →

FSW Colligate High

Why we recommend: This one-of-a-kind program offered at Labelle and Clewiston High Schools provides dual enrollment courses to high school juniors and seniors, giving them the opportunity to earn an AA degree at no-cost while they earn their high school diploma. The program is operating and accredited by Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) and will soon launch in Glades county. Learn More →

FSW Hendry Glades Curtis Center

Why we recommend: Located in Labelle, this location of FSW State College offers a variety of courses and many of the amenities the main FSW campus provides such as: academic success center, open computer labs, career planning programs, peer tutors, a full service library, financial aid office, study rooms, a student lounge, and is staffed with professional and peer tutor, and more. Learn More →

Industrial Skills Training Program (ISTA)

Why we recommend: 3-year Technical Skills Training Program is like no other. It is not only free for those who qualify, it pays students for their time in class. Learn More →

Hendry County (Contd.)

iTech (Immokalee Technical College)

Though not located in Hendry or Glades Counties, this tech school is in the same service area provides top-notch post-secondary courses for people looking to earn sustainable technical skills and certifications necessary to excel in the regional workforce. The school has financial aide available and aides job placement. Learn More →

Suncoast Trucking

Why we recommend: this academy offers CDL (commercial driver’s license) training, certification, test prep, and job placement assistance. Scholarships are also available. Bus and truck drivers tops the list as one of the most in-demand jobs in the state. Learn More →

Okeechobee County

CareerSource Heartland

Why we recommend: this state-wide program works with local community partners to provide job preparation services free of charge and also matches job seekers to training programs, financial aide, and job placement opportunities. Learn More →

Palm Beach County

CareerSource Palm Beach County

Why we recommend: this state-wide program works with local community partners to provide job preparation services free of charge and also matches job seekers to training programs, financial aide, and job placement opportunities. Learn More →

Palm Beach State College

Why we recommend: This state college offers certificate and training programs for in-demand jobs and skilled trades, traditional Associate of Arts degrees (transferable to a 4-year college), and a few Bachelor of Applied Science degrees for in-demand jobs such as Nursing. The Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses are convenient for Glades residents and their friendly staff will guide you through the admissions and financial support process. Learn More →

WestTech

Why we recommend: their convenient Belle Glade campus offers career and technical training courses to prepare nearby High School students for immediate entry into the workforce, post-secondary education, and the military. Learn More →

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