CareerSource NCFL Launches Entrepreneurship Training for Tech Careers

April 26, 2018 (Gainesville, Fla.) – CareerSource North Central Florida will launch the May 2018 cycle of “Opportunity Quest: Own Your Future” at a public Introductory Workshop on Tuesday, May 1 at 2pm. The session will be held at the Gainesville career center at 10 NW Sixth Street. Courses will begin for eligible participants on Tuesday, May 8.

The new series is based on CareerSource NCFL’s successful Startup Quest® program and pairs parents interested in upskilling into technology occupations with peers and mentors to simulate forming a lifestyle business.The program is available to eligible parents in Alachua and Bradford counties who are unemployed or underemployed and looking to transition into a tech job.

What is Own Your Future?

“Own Your Future” is a four-week, boot camp-style training course designed to help those interested in learning the principles and mindset of starting a business. The course will cover topics including the foundational concepts of self-employment; understanding how entrepreneurs with limited resources transform simple ideas into sustainable success; and how to establish goals, identify resources, and determine steps to be successful in today’s entrepreneurial workforce.

Similar CareerSource NCFL programs have demonstrated that participants in entrepreneurship training are more likely to re-enter the workforce in traditional employment or become self-employed, earn higher wages, and are likely to get a job more quickly than participants who haven’t gone through entrepreneurship training.Participants in the program will be better prepared to directly enter the workforce or to enter on-the-job training in technology positions available through Opportunity Quest starting summer 2018.

“We’re excited to continue leveraging entrepreneurship training as a core strategy for increasing the quality of our workforce,”  said CareerSource NCFL Board Chair and CEO of Study Edge Ethan Fieldman. “‘Own Your Future’ will give participants a view of what it’s like to be a CEO, help them better understand the very real impact of the decisions executives make every day, and therefore help them make better decisions on the job.”

Participants planning to apply for scholarships through Opportunity Quest must meet specific criteria: Enrollees must be 18 or older, U.S. citizens authorized to work in the U.S., and custodial parents or legal guardians of a child age 13 and under, or of a dependent child over 13 who has a disability. They must also have limited higher education experience, meaning less than a two year college degree, and limited work history.

Participants not eligible for Opportunity Quest may be eligible for scholarships through other CareerSource NCFL programs and can speak with staffing specialists during the Introductory Workshop.

For questions about the Opportunity Quest: “Own Your Future” series, contact Leah Chapman, the Opportunity Quest Participant Program Manager via email at lchapman@ or call (352) 244-5143.

Photos from past sessions can be viewed here. 

You can see more about past participant Ashley Woods’ experience here.