All posts by Cory Skeates

03Jun/20

CareerSource Polk Urgently Seeks Additional Worksites for its Summer Youth Employment Program

As COVID-19 progressed, companies have had to withdraw internship
opportunities intended for Polk County’s young workforce.
BARTOW, Fla., June 2, 2020 – CareerSource Polk is seeking employers to enroll as worksites for its Young Leaders Program. The internship-based initiative provides businesses with qualified interns for up to 10 weeks during the summer while CareerSource Polk covers their wages. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, companies that typically bring on multiple interns have had to reduce the number of positions available to participants, resulting in a shortage of work opportunities.
The Young Leaders Program, which serves ages 16-24, plays a critical role in developing and equipping a young workforce. In addition to resume building and career planning services, participants also gain hands-on experience through specialized training opportunities. Many participants achieve full-time employment with the companies where they have interned.
“The Young Leaders Program is a win-win for both the employers and the interns. Interns gain hands-on experience, while companies are able to groom their workforce,” says Eshia Smith, the Young Leaders Program Manager at CareerSource Polk. “We strive to offer a wide range of work experiences. Whether you are a public, private, or not-for-profit organization, we are eager to partner with you.” The Summer Youth Employment Program begins on June 1, 2020 and new worksites will continually be brought on to ensure that all qualified applicants are assigned to a company. The program concludes on August 7, 2020.
To become a Young Leaders Worksite, contact Eshia Smith at 863-508-1100 x 3320 or visit our website:

https://www.careersourcepolk.com/employers/summer-youth-internship-program-employer-information/

About CareerSource Polk
CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. For more information, visit careersourcepolk.com. CareerSource Polk is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

03Jun/20

CareerSource Polk Awarded $2 Million Grant Through United Way of Central Florida and Polk County to Provide Economic Relief for Polk County Residents

Polk County Unites grant allows qualified applicants to receive financial assistance of $2,000 per household.

BARTOW, Fla., June 1, 2020 – CareerSource Polk announces that it is one of several organizations selected by United Way of Central Florida to assist in the distribution of the Polk County Unites grant. The financial assistance is designated for individuals who were furloughed, laid off, or who have lost wages due to COVID-19. Grant funds
are provided through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and awarded to CareerSource Polk through United Way of Central Florida and Polk County.
In April, Polk County’s unemployment rate reached 13.4% , leaving many residents struggling to pay monthly bills.
With the Polk County Unites grant, applicants can apply for a one-time disbursement of $2,000 per household.
The financial assistance can be used for a wide range of needs including:
? Housing
? Utilities
? Food
? Child/ Dependent Care
? Adult Care
? Transportation
? Prescriptions or Medical Supplies not covered
by Medicaid
? COVID-19 testing (if required by an employer)
? Other Emergency Needs
Eligible individuals must be Polk County residents who can demonstrate lost income or employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting documentation is also required. “We are truly thankful for the opportunity to partner with United Way of Central Florida and Polk County,” says Stacy Campbell-Domineck, CareerSource Polk’s CEO. “We have continued to provide uninterrupted services to
our customers throughout COVID-19 and every day our staff receives calls from individuals who are not sure how they are going to make ends meet. By providing them with direct financial assistance, we are helping to ease that burden.”
Financial assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible applicants.
To apply online, visit: https://www.careersourcepolk.com/polk-county-unites-2020
Individuals who do not have computer access are encouraged to call 863-508-1600 x 1113 for assistance.

About CareerSource Polk
CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative
leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. For more information, visit
careersourcepolk.com. CareerSource Polk is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services
are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be
reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

03Jun/20

Furr & Wegman Architects, P.A. is now known as: Furr, Wegman & Banks Architects, P.A.

We are proud to announce that Furr & Wegman Architects, P.A., one of Florida’s leading architectural firms, will now be known as: Furr, Wegman & Banks Architects, P.A.

Michael Furr and Phil Wegman welcome the naming addition of shareholder, Aaron Banks, AIA, LEED AP in recognition of his continued support of the growth and development of our firm since joining us in April 2014. He specializes in commercial, educational, medical, and institutional projects.

Furr, Wegman & Banks Architects, P.A. will continue to be known for its high quality of work and excellence of its people.

29May/20

CITY MANAGER TONY DELGADO ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 26TH

LAKELAND, FL (May 29, 2020) – City Manager Tony Delgado announces his retirement after 23 years of service with the City of Lakeland effective September 26, 2020.  Delgado said, “This certainly was not an easy decision and I am honored that I was provided the opportunity to serve the Citizens of Lakeland. This is such a wonderful and vibrant community and I am proud to have been part of an outstanding team of public servants who work diligently to assist in making Lakeland a  great place to live and work.”

Delgado started his career with the City at the Lakeland Center (RP Funding Center) as the facility’s Assistant Director in January 1997 and within four years was given the opportunity to become part of the City administrative management team. In November 2000 he was promoted to Assistant City Manager and in a few short years he was named Deputy City Manager. He was appointed as City Manager on January 4, 2016 follo0wing a three month interim City Manager appointment.

Delgado has been married to his wife Robin since 1993 and who retired from the Bank of Central Florida in 2019. Delgado enjoys golf, traveling, attending sports events and concerts but truly loves baseball and is a “die hard” Chicago Cubs fan.

Delgado said, “My wife and I believe that this is the right time to explore the next chapter of our lives.  I am extremely proud of the work that that has been accomplished and the opportunities that I have had with the City of Lakeland. I have worked with so many great people over the years and it is those people I will miss most.”  He added, “We have a great City Commission and staff in place and I personally look forward to the bright future that lies ahead for this wonderful City.”

28May/20

SPCA Florida Hosts Annual Summer Critter Camp

Lakeland, FL—SPCA Florida’s Annual Critter Camp will be held this summer with camps in June and July.  Critter Camp is open to children from grades 4 to 7 and is offered at the SPCA Florida Campus located at 5850 Brannen Road South.

 

Camp weeks will be filled with crafts, games, and service projects that are designed to educate and inspire our youth to practice a lifestyle of compassion, respect, and responsibility through the humane treatment of animals.

 

Be sure to register now, as space is limited. To register, please visit the SPCA Florida website at https://www.spcaflorida.org/crittercamp/

 

Critter Camp is $250 per camper for the entire week.  Camp weeks are:

June 15th -19th and July 13th – 17th

Available to rising 4th and 5th grade campers

 June 22nd – 26th and July 20th – 24th

Available to rising 6th and 7th grade campers

 

For best practices during COVID-19, we are limiting sessions to 8 kids campers week, and performing temperature checks every morning. Children must bring a mask and hand sanitizer and hand washing will take place throughout the day. Teachers will also wear masks.

 

About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.