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Being a FutureMaker is personal. Everyone has a stake in education, the workforce, and the economy. Whether you are a student, a parent, or a teacher. If you’re looking for a job, if you’re looking for qualified employees, or if your organization is doing something to promote all of these efforts – we want to hear your story!

This is Who I Am

This is Who I Am

My name is Francisca StGermain. I was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. But I’ve been spending most of...

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Dorine Murph, 25, Fort Myers

Dorine Murph, 25, Fort Myers

I like to have different experiences under my belt. I’ve done security and I’ve been the manager of a gas station. Right now I’m working at a new restaurant and making good money as a chef but I know it’s not long-term.

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Jennifer Welling, 44, Fort Myers

Jennifer Welling, 44, Fort Myers

I’ve always worked in the restaurant industry and I’m getting too old for it. I’m currently a server and the work isn’t steady enough. I have two kids, one is 21 and in college. As much as I’ve pushed education on them, I’ve put it off for me, and they’re pushing back on me to get another job. Now, it’s my time.

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Sierra Burton, 29, Fort Myers

Sierra Burton, 29, Fort Myers

I served eight years in the Army in supply logistics. I was homeless for a year after my divorce and don’t have family or know anyone in Fort Myers. It’s been really hard to find a job. I’m from the country in Mississippi and it really is true that it takes a village. Everyone helped each other. I don’t see that here.

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Ander Hernandez, 20, LaBelle.

Ander Hernandez, 20, LaBelle.

I was taking a four-year civil engineering program at a local university and loved it. I thought it would be great for me because I enjoy designing and the paperwork of engineering. I’ve been doing carpentry work on the side since high school and I was driving to campus one day and realized I was more concerned about these side projects than my schoolwork.

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Katira Davis, 22, Fort Myers

Katira Davis, 22, Fort Myers

After high school I went to technical school to become a medical tech assistant but couldn’t get hired by the hospital because I didn’t have six years of experience. I work at a development center for the disabled and like to help people.

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Jovani Mendez, 18, Fort Myers

Jovani Mendez, 18, Fort Myers

I want to do something in the medical field but don’t have the money. My family is low-income. My parents don’t work. It would be great to get a quick job so I can provide for my family and still have time to study.

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Michelle Macom, 47, Fort Myers

Michelle Macom, 47, Fort Myers

People probably think it’s silly at my age to go to school again. I have nine children and started a medical assistant program before my 14-year-old was born.

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Crystal Mendoza, 32, Lehigh

Crystal Mendoza, 32, Lehigh

I worked for the United Way but had to stop working because of a long illness. I’ve been on dialysis for four years. I was lucky to receive a local kidney donation and had a transplant on Dec. 3. I’ve always wanted to do nursing but being sick I haven’t been able to. I feel like it’s my calling.

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Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University recently launched PAGES – a new career development initiative designed specifically for students in humanities and social sciences majors. FGCU will work in partnership with local Chambers, professional groups and individual businesses and professionals to provide career exploration and career exploration resources to students in the program.

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Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

We do a Leadership Bonita program that is geared for the business community. The Junior Leadership program was established and is led by Dr. Steve McIntosh and his wife Connie. Dr. Steve is a sitting Bonita Springs City Councilman. The program is for seniors at Estero High School and is modeled after our Leadership Bonita Program.

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DEVA Industries Inc.

DEVA Industries Inc.

Through Deva for Good, the focus for Future Makers has been building collaborations with entities that can make a difference, creating awareness of the initiative, brainstorming ideas, and inviting others to participate as they can.

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Hodges University

Hodges University

In addition we strive on offering recruitment opportunities for employers to connect to our students and alumni through our online job board, www.collegecentral.com/hodges, Employer Spotlights, and Career Fairs.

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EnSite, Inc.

EnSite, Inc.

EnRichment is more than a clever play on EnSite’s name to denote its commitment to increasing educational opportunities for youth in Southwest Florida.

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