Local Leaders Rethink How To Train & Recruit Workers

The so-called “Great Resignation” that’s occurred during the pandemic has produced — to no one’s surprise — many polarized opinions about why so many people have quit their jobs, leading to a labor shortage. Whether it’s employers grumbling about lazy workers and their over-reliance on government handouts, or employees saying they’re fed up with sub-par pay, benefits and working conditions, …

Future Career Academy fills important job training need in Plant City

Our American private enterprise system has led the world in the creation of wealth and jobs for many, many years.  The freedom to start a business and the response of entrepreneurs to meet market needs have created the business cycle. Businesses continue to be started, some businesses fail, and existing businesses grow and create new jobs.  Small businesses in the …

Workforce Development is Critical to Florida’s Manufactured Housing Industry

Without a competent and robust labor pool the manufactured housing industry can’t thrive. FMHA understands the necessity to promote the abundance of job opportunities our industry has available. Eighty percent of students nationally will not complete a 4-year degree. These students need quality jobs, and our industry needs a prepared workforce to meet hiring needs and continue to grow. That’s …

Award-Winning Future Career Academy Is Vital To Economic Development Strategy

Future Career Academy (FCA) is a program that prepares non-college-bound high school seniors for the workforce, and it has caught the attention of the business community, the school district and now the PTA/PTSA. On April 23, the Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA 2019-2020 High School Division Education Award was presented to FCA for its field trip component, which takes students to …

Career Academy Benefiting Plant City High Students

Home is where the heart is, and for Chuck Santaloaya, that place is Plant City. “That was really the only thing I really really wanted to be local here in Plant City,” said Santaloaya, who landed his dream job through a program at Plant City High School. Santaloaya is working as a parts representative at Stingray Chevrolet. And for a …

Plant City Career Academy Offers Students a New Path to Career Success

A simple handshake at the Plant City Career Academy Future Fair marks the beginning of many bright futures. The event connects Plant City High School students to prospective employers in manufacturing, sales, construction and a variety of other industries. It is the culmination of the year-long Plant City Career Academy, which introduces students to dynamic career opportunities that don’t require …