Manatee Technical Institute will host the 2014 Florida Farmworker Career Development Conference October 8 to 10, with pre-conference meetings scheduled for October 7. Rod Duckworth, Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s state conference on October 8.
The purpose of the annual conference is staff development for the program coordinators and staff throughout the state.
Conference presenters include representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida Department of Education and Farmworker Career Development Program.
Additional presenters include representatives from other institutions including the University of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, CareerSource South Florida, Orange County Public Schools, Telamon Corporation, and Manatee Technical Institute.
MTI’s Farmworker Education and Career Development Program was started in 1965. Esperanza Gamboa is the program coordinator. The program serves Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
The purpose of the Farmworker Career Development Program is to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Florida gain access to pathways to high-wage, high-growth employment opportunities and rewarding careers.