Attention Out-of-School Youth Ages 16-24!

CareerSource Southwest Florida’s DESTINATION⇒CAREER$ program provides youth, ages 16 – 24, who are out-of-school, with access to quality education and job opportunities.
How? Through individualized guidance, continued support for educational attainment, and opportunities for skills training for in-demand industries and occupations. All culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education.

The iCareer pathway passport, which includes work-based learning, is promoted through Work Experience, On-the-Job Training (OJT), job shadowing, internships and short-term occupational skills training.

What is my first step?  Contact a workforce professional at a location nearest you to schedule a one-on-one appointment to learn what options are available to you.
Please use our COVID-19 Career Services Form to schedule an appointment, click this link to access the form.
Click on the following link for a list of the CareerSource Southwest Florida centers:  Locations

What do I bring to the appointment?

  • Photo identification
  • Social security card or other proof of social security number
  • Males born on or after January 1, 1960 must be registered for the selective service.  Online registration is available at the following link: 

What services are available?

  • Career exploration = $
  • Workshops on how to write resumes, apply and interview for jobs = $
  • How to decide how much money you want to earn throughout your career = $
  • How to increase your earning potential = $
  • General Equivalency Diploma attainment = $
  • Technical skills training = $
  • Work based training where you can earn while you learn = $
  • How to budget and maximize the money you earn = $

All our services are at no cost to you.

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Employability Skills Workshops and Computer Classes

Workshops for employability skills at the career centers are listed on the center calendars. 

Computer classes are currently only scheduled at the Fort Myers center.

Our workshops are available to the community at no charge.  However, all customers must first be registered in our system, Employ Florida, which offers a full range of features and services to assist job seekers and employers.

Are you ready to check out the schedule?

  • Look on the right hand side of this page for Center Calendars to view the workshop and computer class schedules; 
  • Choose the city closest to your residence and click on the city name;
  • Review the available workshops and plan to attend.
  • Be sure to make note of the day, the date and the time. 
  • Computer classes are very popular, therefore, we ask that you sign up for the class by calling our CareerSource Southwest Florida front desk in Fort Myers at 239-931-8200.

Please note: A blank calendar indicates there currently are no workshops scheduled at that location; choose another location.

You can also click on Center Locations from any page to access our event calendars.

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Youth Career Exploration Workshop~Video

~A Career Exploration Workshop for High School Students~


The youth participated in a 3-day workshop which consisted of: resume and cover letter writing, creating their own resume, and lastly doing mock interviews with SHRM SWFL.

Our own, Deb Reardon, Disability Navigator, explained to the youth about the importance of soft skills, work experience programs, and assistance in getting references for interviews.

Students created and read out loud their resumes which helped in building confidence and be able to talk about their accomplishments and career dreams.

Seen in this video is Career Development Representative (CDR), Africa Newby; Christy Sushil and Judy Marcucci from SHRM SWFL, Jennifer Nieves from Lighthouse SWFL, in a true collaboration aimed at improving the employability skills of program participants.

We are grateful for our partners, Lighthouse of SWFL and SHRM SWFL for participating and making this workshop a success.

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“Internships in your Business” Workshop had great success!

Our Business Services team coordinated the “Internships for your Business” workshop at FGCU campus with a great panel representing various educational institutions within Southwest Florida.

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together educational institutions that have internship programs and businesses in order to understand the process, benefits, and work together toward a common goal.

The panel consisted of representatives from Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers Technical College, Collier County Public Schools, and Pavese Law Firm.

Informative areas regarding internships included:

  • Recruiting an Intern
  • Hosting an Intern
  • Legal considerations
  • Paid vs. non-paid work-based learning
  • Suitable tasks and projects

One of the panelist, Dr. Stacy Ballinger who oversees the Internship Program at FGCU, shares her views on the importance of internships for the students as well as the benefits for the businesses.

Mark Morgan, Internships Coordinator at Florida SouthWestern State College, shares his insights from businesses regarding internships.

The audience consisted of various employers like Moorings Park. Mary Kohlasch, Human Resources for Moorings Parks has decided on internships after attending our workshop.

We also had the opportunity to speak with Cody Millian who went through the internship program and shares his experience with us.

We want to thank all the panelists and businesses who attended this informational workshop.

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