Success Stories

Earn, Learn, Code

Web development and computer programming is one of the fastest growing careers in today’s economy with a projected 27% growth rate by 2024. In order to equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the Information Technology industry, we introduce to you… Code Skool!
Learn more about our Code Skool Career Exploration Program…

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West Welcomes New DEO Executive Director

While visiting from Tallahassee, Ken Lawson, the new Executive Director of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), paid a quick visit to the West Career Center to personally see how we do things in the field. Mr. Lawson was taken on a comprehensive tour of the facility by West’s Career Services Manager, Ryan Ridley and even took the time to personally introduce himself to all members of the staff.

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The Age of Simulation

We are undoubtedly in the middle of a digital revolution. The introduction of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and now, autonomous vehicles, serve as evidence of just how rapidly things are changing in the world…and Central Florida is no different.
In just a few short weeks, Orange County will be hosting its annual Florida Simulation Summit (FSS) at the Orange County Convention Center. This year, FSS will be in conjunction with TechMatch, an event allowing small technology companies to meet with high level executives to curate an opportunity to advance business.
As an annual sponsor, we get the opportunity to learn more about the industry and connect with local tech companies to help bridge opportunities for local career seekers. Interested to learn more? Click here for more info.

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Veterans Business Initiative Fall 2019 Kick-Off

Twice a year, our organization provides support at the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Business Initiative program. The fall program will be kicking off on September 10th through November 5th and is open to veterans, their spouses and family members who are looking to develop and refine their business acumen while establishing a meaningful career.

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Hat’s Off to Our President & CEO!

At the end of June, Our President & CEO was honored with the Hats Off to Success Community Award from Dress for Success Greater Orlando! Pam was out of town at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event so our COO, Mimi Coenen accepted the award on her behalf. This annual luncheon honors Central Florida leaders who are living out the Dress for Success mission. This organization, and all the honorees, are doing amazing things for our community.
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Leaders in Lake Discuss Change

Our very own, Mimi Coenen, COO was hand selected by the Orlando Business Journal to provide her insights during their “Doing Business in Lake County” panel discussion. This panel focused on the growing population of Lake County and how we plan to address the need for jobs, infrastructure and housing in the coming years.

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