Bradford High senior wins CareerSource Florida contest #mybestselffl

STARKE, Fla. – Lessly Spates knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up. The Bradford High School senior’s confidence and work toward becoming a Registered Nurse secured her the top spot in CareerSource Florida’s statewide “Be Your Best Self” campaign. Spates posted a selfie in nursing scrubs to enter the contest, which asked students to show them working toward future career goals.

As the winner, Spates received a $25 gift card and a career development workshop for Bradford High School. CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Kim Tesch-Vaught presented the gift card and contest certificate on Tuesday, June 2, along with CareerSource NCFL Board Member and Bradford County Schools Superintendent Chad Farnsworth.

“As they embark on exciting new chapters in their lives, we wish Lessly Spates and her graduating classmates at Bradford High School all the best for success,” said Chris Hart IV, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida. “Lessly has already made great progress toward pursuing her dreams of a career in health care, underscoring what CareerSource Florida’s Be Your Best Self campaign was all about. Health care is one of many growing industries in Florida with opportunities to work in rewarding and well-paying occupations, both now and into the future.”

Be Your Best Self Awards Presentation
Brad Bishop, David Harris, Kim Tesch-Vaught and Chad Farnsworth presented Bradford-Union Technical Center student Lessly Spates (center) with a $25 gift card and certificate for winning CareerSource Florida’s statewide Be Your Best Self contest. Students submitted photos showcasing their career goals for a chance to win.

Spates is already working toward her dreams at the Bradford-Union Technical Center, where she is studying practical nursing. After graduating, Spates will sit for her state board exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and attend Santa Fe College in the fall. Florida is home to nine medical schools and more than 45,000 health care establishments.

“One of the best things about being [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”] [fusion_builder_row] [fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] [at Bradford-Union Technical Center] is the opportunity to go out to the nursing homes and meet with patients,” Spates said about the importance of hands-on experience. She has worked with CareerSource NCFL career developers to prepare for interviews and identify post-secondary opportunities.

“Lessly’s hard work is benefitting not only her, but her fellow students,” Tesch-Vaught said of the career development workshop poised to launch at Bradford High School in the 2015-2016 school year. “The Be Your Best Self workshop will equip future Bradford High School students with necessary tools for their first job, additional education and preparing for a professional career.”

CareerSource NCFL is one of 24 CareerSource Florida regional workforce boards, a statewide network of workforce professionals offering customized services delivered by professionals who live and work in the community.

Lessly Spates discusses future
Lessly Spates (left) discusses her future career goals and pursuing nursing at Santa Fe College with Bradford County School District Superintendent Chad Farnsworth and CareerSource North Central Florida Executive Director Kim Tesch-Vaught. Spates won CareerSource Florida’s statewide Be Your Best Self contest, which asked students to submit photos of themselves pursuing their career goals. Spates’ photo in her nursing scrubs secured her the top spot, winning a $25 gift card and career development workshop for Bradford High School.

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