The launch of Race to Place on January 2 was celebrated with three ribbon cuttings across Polk County and more than 1,000 job seekers attending “Starting Line”, an open house at the Polk Works One-Stop Career Centers. “And this is just the beginning”, stated CEO of Polk Works, Stacy Campbell-Domineck.
The campaign that promises to connect 10,000 job seekers to jobs in the first six months of the year is an ambitious one, but is a goal that is bringing the communities of Polk together. “It was time to do something different”, stated Campbell-Domineck, “Unemployment went down in the month of December to 8.6% in Polk, but that still means there were 23,553 people actively job searching and 5,500 jobs that were available in the same month. With our over 100 Race to Place partners, we are making a concerted effort to get job seekers what they need to find employment, and employers what they need to hire and retain the right employees.”
Upcoming Race to Place events:
January 31 – State of the Workforce Summit | 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by BB&T Bank, the half-day summit will offer company executives, human resource professionals, educational staff, and the general public critical information on business issues such as: Labor Law; Disability and Privacy; Legal Issues in Social Media; and Leadership.
February 1, 8, & 15 – Job Fair Prep Sessions | 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Job seekers may meet one-on-one with a Career Specialist for resume review, mock interviews, and job search assistance at the Winter Haven or Lakeland One-Stop Career Center. Professional dress is encouraged. No appointment is necessary.
February 18 – Race to Place Job Fair | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Job seekers are invited to join Polk Works and the Race to Place partners at the Lakeland Center for this free event that will feature up to 100 employers who are seeking candidates in a variety of industries. Veterans will receive priority entry at 10 a.m. with entry to the general public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Professional attire is required and pre-registration is suggested.
February 18 – What If? Symposium | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Youth ages 16-21 are invited to the What If? Symposium to get answers to their job search and career questions. Participants will attend three workshops and have the opportunity to also attend the Race to Place Job Fair. The event is free but pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register for any upcoming events offered by Polk Works, please visit us on the web at www.polkworks.org or at (863) 508-1600 Ext. 1116.