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Florida gov announces partnership to connect those displaced by Hurricane Maria with jobs

By on February 8, 2018

SAN JUAN – Following a recently announced $1 million investment in Florida’s workforce system to help Puerto Ricans find jobs in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott announced a new job placement partnership between education, business and workforce development organizations.

CareerSource South Florida, the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida and the Ana G. Méndez University System will work together to connect people relocating from the island with available job positions and provide job training.

Florida gov announces $1 million to connect Hurricane Maria Evacuees with Jobs

The announcement took place on the university’s South Florida campus. It has provided scholarships for more than 50 Puerto Rican students to continue their studies in Florida.

“This week, I visited Puerto Rico and assured everyone there that Florida will continue to help those displaced by Hurricane Maria in any way that we can,” Scott said in a release issued by his office. “Our state currently has more than 260,000 job opportunities because of our focus on the economy, and this new partnership will make sure that every family has the ability to support themselves and get back on their feet.”

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Cissy Proctor said in the release that the agency “will continue to use these grants and all other resources we have available to help families impacted by Hurricane Maria return to work.”

The president of the university, José F. Mendéz, added, “Our learning centers in Florida, through our Dual Language Immersion Program, are the ideal place for the Hispanic community to acquire the necessary skills for the challenges that professionals face in today’s business world.”

CareerSource South Florida and CareerSource Central Florida provide employment services at Multi-Agency Resource Centers in the Orlando area and Miami International Airport. Several local workforce development boards have held recruiting fairs and workshops to assist Floridians and others impacted by last year’s hurricanes.

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