One Community One Goal's Access Breakfast focuses on Education and Workforce Development

130 students and potential employers met last week at Florida Blue's Headquarters building in Doral for the first of four One Community One Goal Access Breakfasts focusing on issues to support Miami-Dade's growing economy.

ono smlThis Access Breakfast addressed the efforts to retain viable talent from area colleges and universities by matching their skills with organizations that may be looking for them. Employers and students did a series of 5-minute speed interviews at the beginning of the meeting. The process went on for 30 minutes with each student and employer meeting with a potential of 5 possible people. 

"We have engaged in the speed interview format several times in the past and we are always surprised on the results they produce. Employers are beginning to look seriously for interns and on the other side students are anxious to get the necessary exposure in their field," said One Community One Goal Vice President Joseph Hovancak.  

The students then were educated on the efforts by local community leaders to increase levels of education in Miami-Dade County through innovation and career placement. Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was part of a panel of local educators that addressed the crowd He told them despite many obstacles for the first time in history, there were no "F" rated schools in Miami-Dade County, he also said 90% of those who graduate from Miami-Dade Public Schools (MDPS) seek advanced education either in colleges or technical schools. 

The Access Breakfast Series continues on April 5th with discussions about Infrastructure & Resiliency; another one quickly follows in May helping entrepreneurs scale and outpace the competition; then a timely access breakfast in June to cover Resiliency and Hurricane Recovery.