C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Professional Networking Series Joins with Santa Fe College for Back to Work 50+ Program

October 10, 2017 – Gainesville, FL – The CONNECT (Creating Opportunities (through) Networking New and Existing Companies (with our region’s) Talent) professional networking group has teamed up with Santa Fe College’s Back to Work 50+ program to reach greater heights in connecting employers with skilled local professional job seekers.

Joining forces with Santa Fe College, CONNECT and Back to Work 50+ programs will work together to connect older workers with valuable, in-demand skills with local employers with employment opportunities requiring those skills. CONNECT will be hosting twice-monthly meetings where employers and job seekers can connect at the Santa Fe College beginning Monday, November 6, 2017. Past employers have included Infinite Energy and Gainesville Health & Fitness.

CONNECT was developed in 2009 in collaboration with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, CareerSource North Central Florida, the North Central Florida Society of Human Resource Managers and H.R. Professionals (SHRM). As a professional-level networking group, CONNECT makes it easy for employers to find the highly-skilled talent they are looking for right in their own community.

Santa Fe College’s Back to Work 50+ program helps train older workers to qualify for jobs that are in high demand through classes and workshops.

The CONNECT meetings will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development (CIED) located at 530 W University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.

For questions about CONNECT, please contact Joe Johnson with The Gainesville Area Chamber (352-334-7120 or joe@gainesvillechamber.com) or visit www.careersourcencfl.com/connect .

###

About Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Formed in 1924, the Chamber is the voice of business in the Gainesville, Florida area. Representing about 1,300 members employing over 80,000 employees, the Chamber’s mission is to lead and collaborate to facilitate economic prosperity, business growth and community progress. The Chamber is 5-star accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce, putting it in the top 1 percent of all chambers nationwide. Learn more at www.gainesvillechamber.com or call us at 352.334.7100. Follow the Chamber on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About CareerSource North Central Florida

CareerSource North Central Florida is a leading public workforce development agency serving Alachua and Bradford counties. Led by a board of directors comprised of local professionals and business leaders, CareerSource NCFL recruits, develops, and expands the local workforces by connecting businesses with qualified candidates who have completed training programs and skills testing. Our team of dedicated, full-time business services experts provide employers access to the training and resources they need to grow their employees and business. More information is available at www.careersourcencfl.com.