June 2020 - Thinking outside the box: Talent in new places.

June 16, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Learn about innovative programs developed by CareerSource Brevard to help cultivate hidden talent to meet your workforce needs. This course will focus on jobseekers with barriers to employment, such as ex-offenders and individuals who have struggled with substance use disorder. For individuals with these barriers obtaining employment can be difficult due to current hiring practices and stereotypes. Reducing preconceived notions and understanding the value of hiring individuals from these talent pools benefits employers and our community. During the presentation, we will discuss two current grants CareerSource Brevard has for these populations, and share resources, incentives, and stories of success. 

** This is a FREE webinar. The link to join the webinar will be sent after you register***



  • CareerSource Brevard services for job seekers and employers

  • CareerSource Brevard Grants

  • Benefits of hiring ex-offenders and those in recovery

  • Resources available for employers when considering hiring from these populations




Jessica Mitchell is the Center Manager of the Rockledge CareerSource Brevard office as well as an Operations and Management Consultant II and Wagner Peyser Program Manager for CareerSource Brevard. In her role, she supervises all DEO (Department of Economic Opportunity) staff in Brevard, as well as all career center staff in the Rockledge office. Prior to joining the CareerSource Brevard team, Ms. Mitchell held several Executive level management positions in the Retail Industry. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Central Florida.


Wendi Bost is currently a Program Coordinator/Manager with CareerSource Brevard.  Her project oversight includes, U.S. Department of Labor Dislocated Worker Grant –Hurricane Maria, U.S. Department of Labor Pre-Apprenticeship Grant in Partnership with Brevard Adult Education, and “Brevard Recovery Works” a U.S. Department of Labor Dislocated Worker Grant focused on assistance with combatting the opioid crisis.  Prior to joining CareerSource Brevard Wendi spent 27 years with the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL, a 40 million dollar public enterprise.  During her time with the system, she served in many capacities, most recently as a Public Service Administrator.  In 1996 Wendi developed the first Latino Outreach Team for the Library System designed to engage and connect the Hispanic community with Library Services.   Also during her time with the Library she had the opportunity to work in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida supporting Youth Summer Interns, Work Experience participants, and implementing a program with CSCF Veterans, “Vets Our Heroes” designed to teach children to respect our Veterans.  She was a frequent presenter at many local, state, and national conferences including American Library Association, Public Library Association, and Florida Library Association. She had the opportunity to speak at the Workforce Professional Development Summit, 2015, and the State of Florida Workforce Development Summit, 2014. Wendi received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information Systems from Florida State University.  She is a graduate of the Urban Library Council’s “Executive Leadership Institute” in partnership with Johns Hopkins University.  Her passion is serving community.





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