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.


  • Monday, March 5, 2018
    Vicki Vaughn – Recruiting Assistant, Infinite Energy
    “From Suddenly Unemployed to Recruiting Assistant at a Great Company”Come prepared to hear a journey from being suddenly unemployed to starting in a foot in the door position to now being the Recruiting Assistant at one of the “BEST Places to Work” in the state of Florida as named several times. A single mom with obligations and the drive to continue on until she found her new forever home at Infinite Energy. Also learn how you too may become a member of the Infinite Energy Team.

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