The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Development program received a $7,500 boost from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. In announcing the award, Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor Jamie Andersen said: “It is through awesome work done by dedicated agencies like yours that help lift up our local communities. We’re proud to support The Immokalee Foundation’s efforts to address issues related to jobs and education, areas vital to the economic health of our community. We celebrate with you.”
The grant represents one of Bank of America’s Economic Mobility Workforce Development and Education partnerships. Whether Immokalee students consider attending a technical school or college, joining the military or going directly into the workforce, the foundation’s Career Development program provides full knowledge of the available choices in those career paths. The program helps young students to realistically plan their futures – and succeed. Workshops teach the application process for college, technical schools and scholarships, and provide advanced training and education.
Financial support for the Career Development program is used for workshops, career panels, college tours, and programs that provide productive activities for the students, such as leadership training.
One hundred percent of the students who participate in The Immokalee Foundation’s Career Development program graduate from high school, and 100 percent of those students pursue a college or vocational post-secondary education. Of those who pursue higher education, 75 percent graduate from their respective programs.