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Some of the contacts we have made through the chamber—Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce—are Brevard Workforce (I hired all my employees through them and even got in on a program where they are paying 50% of one of my worker’s salary for the next three months. He is one of my top employees too).
Kiwi Loco Florida
This video details how Brevard Workforce helped a major aviation company find and hire employees.
“We looked at the county and we started looking at what areas we could work with. One was Brevard Workforce and also the EDC together. And of course, you know, they both work hand-in-hand as partners and that’s why we talked with them initially.”
Darrell Sims, Human Relations, AAR CORP
“Brevard Workforce is teaming with area colleges, we’re providing training grants and funds opportunities so that we can get people back to be retrained so we can get their marketable skills up to par so they can get out there and seek other jobs.”
Patrick Francis, Business Liaison, Brevard Workforce
You need to come here [Brevard Workforce]. You need to start at square one. Square one is this company. Everybody is going to help you find your starting point. Yes, you can do it on your own, you’re just going to fight through a couple more fences. Here, it’s a smooth transition, and it’s helpful. You don’t have to do it alone, they will help you. And it’s wonderful. It’s comforting to know that somebody has your back.
Allison Wavra, Job Seeker
“I personally floundered for the first 6 months of my lay off with NASA. I did not come in to speak with BWF till the 11th hour due to my certainty I “could do this alone.” My first visit I arrived unprepared – Latisha [Ali-Ramlogan] noted she needed a complete file in order to be successful. I followed up with Latisha shortly thereafter and she immediately jumped into action with both feet and was very concise on “How to Keep Focused.” She kept a pulse on my file, offered and obtained training through Florida Institute of Technology for the PMP course, and took personal interest toward my success!!
Latisha is a true catalyst for the Brevard Workforce Team and her clients. She consistently responded without hesitation to my every e mail, phone call, & voice mail. I am very thankful she is on my side.”
Helen M. Petrucci
New position: Staff Contracts Manager, Space & Defense Engineering.
The law firm of Vance, Lotane and Bookhardt brought on Sherrita Thompson and Ketoura Battle as interns after they completed two weeks of pre-placement training through Emerge! Thompson, formerly a cosmetologist, began filing lawsuits and developing correspondence for clients of the firm within a few weeks of starting. Battle also showed initiative and dedication to her work, and both became valued members of the firm’s staff. They were hired as full- time employees, and are now pursuing degrees as paralegals.
Brevard Workforce provides help to youth entering the job marketplace.
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 46 young adults successfully completed the EMERGE! program, with internships in 43 businesses. Brevard Workforce covered all compensation, including pay, insurance and liability.
Peter Arcario exemplifies what can be accomplished with perseverance and thoughtful assistance. Arcario, now with web development and network support firm Blue Tangerine Solutions in Melbourne, overcame medical issues and financial challenges to restart his career in information technology. Several major surgeries over 10 years kept Peter out of work and impacted his ability to keep current in IT.
The Back To Work Program allowed Brevard Workforce to provide Blue Tangerine Solutions with resources that enabled them to hire and train Arcario and several others they would not have been able to be employed.
After more than a year of being unemployed and relying on public assistance, Cameron Humes discovered Brevard Workforce’s Career Center in Cocoa and the Back To Work Program. Soon after it was determined that he qualified, Humes began his training at TSC Solutions, an inbound call center in Rockledge that opened in January 2010. He was later promoted from sales representative to supervisor of four sales teams, now earning roughly $35,000 per year.
Through the Back to Work Program, one company, TSC hired 533 employees, who earned between $9 – $15 per hour and received medical coverage after 90 days of employment.
After years of struggling in war-torn Iraq as an IT entrepreneur and US contractor employee, University of Technology in Baghdad graduate Waheb Samarie began the process of emigrating to the US; an arduous process that eventually brought him and his family legally and safely to Melbourne in July 2009. He immediately began to look for work to support his family through Brevard Workforce, where he was assigned a career coach and attended several workshops. In a short time, Samarie applied for work at TSC, which operates a new inbound call center in Rockledge, a company he felt could offer him chances for advancement. Very quickly Samarie climbed the ranks at TSC and now heads the I.T. Department, overseeing all the networking and computer operations.