For the vast majority of us, 2020 was a year filled with uncertainty, anxiety, and sadness. The COVID-19 pandemic affected nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives with schools and businesses abruptly closing, requiring us to hastily reconfigure even the most mundane of our daily routines.
The employment demand for individuals holding a Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, credential has always been high in Southwest Florida but is on the rise because of the pandemic ….
According to a poll of Southwest Florida Human Resource departments conducted in May-June 2020, approximately 36.2 percent of the responding businesses indicated that finding, hiring, and training a qualified workforce during relaunch or within the subsequest 6-12 months is their biggest challenge.
October 2020 ushers in a variety of seasonal changes for Southwest Florida residents – the promise of cooler temperatures and lower humidity on the horizon, preparing for the migration of snowbirds from the north, and the crowning of a World Series champion at the end of a shortened Major League Baseball season. Perhaps the most important October event is the beginning of FAFSA season! Unfortunately, the FAFSA completion rate among Southwest Florida students decreased from 46.1% in 2017-2018 to 43.5% in 2018-2019 and, according to a June 2020 Florida College Access Network (FCAN) survey, about 42% of currently enrolled Floridians said their postsecondary plans have changed due to COVID-19, including taking a semester or year off, starting sooner than planned, or transferring to another school.
an Pallotta, a renowned author and TED talk speaker on philanthropy and innovation, knows how to inspire an audience! At the annual 2020 Breakfast of Champions Meeting in September, Dan participated in a Q&A session related to the FutureMakers Coalition topic “55%: A Bold Goal” and challenged us to aspire to achieve the impossible.