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Leon County program gets students ready for workforce before they graduate high school

Posted at 5:56 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 17:56:38-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — A program in Leon County is giving students some much needed help when it comes to life after high school.

Students are getting ready to enter the workforce before they even graduate high school.

Junior Achievement of the Big Bend is using the grant money to bring work readiness program to students to every high school in Leon County and fund their entrepreneurial programs.

The team is getting more than $21,000 from the Office of Economic Vitality's Elevate Florida's Capital for Business Grant.

That money is given to organizations that work to strengthen the local workforce and economic growth.

The money is helping Junior Achievement teach the students about the job force.

It prepares them through job shadowing programs, resume building courses, and even business development simulations.

"Junior Achievement is established in every high school. We have a wonderful partnership with Leon County Schools," said Kristi Strickland, Program Director. "There is a wide gap between the students graduating from high school and being work ready when they are entering college or entering the workforce."

Junior Achievement is the first organization to receive this grant.

If you're a business owner interested in getting involved, Junior Achievement of the Big Bend is looking for more partnerships.