Ladder graduates celebrate achievements

Ladder program

The latest graduates of the Gulf County Workforce Board Ladder program celebrated their achievements over lunch.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

For four graduates of the Gulf County Workforce Board’s Ladder program, it was a day of new beginnings.

In partnership with the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation, each year economically disadvantaged young adults, ages 18-21, in North Port St. Joe learn the basics of banking, public speaking and job interview preparation.

Students also complete the 12-week Dale Carnegie Training that includes intensive training on team member engagement, leadership development, sales effectiveness, customer service, process improvement and presentation effectiveness.

“The program is a good second chance,” said Workforce Board case manager Barry Hand. “It helps students from an educational and self-esteem standpoint.”

The program is in its second year and prepares students for careers in the military or provides a first step toward community college or barber school.

This year, Dr. Renee Coffey, a psychologist, was hired to assist Hand in the program. She led individual and group counseling sessions, trained students on goal setting and life skill planning.

“I loved it and it was a real honor,” said Coffey. “It’s amazing opportunity for young people.”

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