CONNECT – Professional Networking Group

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CONNECT creates opportunities for professionals and local human resources recruiters.

Meet with employers at this bi-weekly networking program for professional-level job-seekers with associate degrees or higher, or five or more years experience in an industry. Our goal is to connect Gainesville’s highly-skilled talent with the employers who seek them.

CONNECT will be hosting professional job seekers and employers every other Monday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at:

Santa Fe College CIED Center
530 West University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601

Each week we’ll cover professional insights on transition, and each month local human resources recruiters will conduct mini interviews for open positions in their organizations. Please join us and network with other professional job seekers.

For additional information about CONNECT, contact: Joe Johnson at 352-334-7120.

Please note: Professional/Interview-ready attire is required of all attendees.


  • Monday, June 4, 2018 – From Suddenly Unemployed to Education Advisor at the College of Central Florida”

Meeting Agenda:

5:30 P.M.  Sign In and Welcome
Joe Johnson – LG Program Manager, GACC/Business Liaison CareerSource NCFL

5:40 P.M. Boisy Waiters – Education Advisor
College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida
From Suddenly Unemployed to Education Advisor at the College of Central Florida”

Boisy Nathaniel Waiters, Jr., is a native of Florida, raised in Dania Beach, Florida, educated in Broward County Schools and a graduate of Nova High School.

Boisy earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Virginia State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education and Administration from Barry University. He has over 20 years or experience in education and training and proudly served in the United States Air Force.

He’s currently an Education Advisor at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, and is happily married to Daphne and has two sons, Christopher and Zachary.

He enjoys reading, traveling playing and watching sports.

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.

We have placed over 250 professionals representing $6,794,985 in salary circulating in our community.

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.

Creating Opportunities (through) Networking New and Existing Companies (with our region’s) Talent