On Nov. 12, the Gulf Coast Workforce Board (GCWB) celebrated 17 years of providing workforce services to the region at its annual meeting and luncheon at Gulf Coast State Colleges Advanced Technology Center. 

This is the last time an annual meeting would be held for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, because in 2014, we will adopt a new identity, CareerSource Gulf Coast. Kimberly Bodine, executive director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board announced,

At the meeting, Bodine reviewed the local workforce system performance over the last year which included:

Assisting 1,016 employers recruit and hire workers

Serving 60,336 walk-ins at the Workforce Center

Connecting 7,243 individuals to employment

Providing in demand training and employment services to 1,166 adults, dislocated workers, and youth under the Workforce Investment Act

Helping 131 families transition from welfare to self sufficiency 

We owe our great performance to our hardworking staff, our dedicated volunteer board members and our service providers, said Bodine.

The GCWBs service providers include Bay District Schools, Bay STARS; Friends of the Franklin County Library, TIGERS Program; Gulf Coast State College, Workforce Center; and Royal American Management, Welfare Transition, Food Stamp Employment and Training Program. 

Individuals who participated in programs operated by service providers as well as by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, along with their case managers, were recognized.

Successful clients recognized during the program included Food Stamp Program participant Tiffany Garrison; Workforce Training Center at Haney Technical Center participant Payton Davidson of A Superior Air Conditioning; veterans Roderick Hills of Chenega, and Scott McDonald of Engility; Kayla Warren of the Bay County Stars program; and Miranda Pilger of the Franklin County Tigers Program.

Success story videos were shown at the meeting, and can be accessed at the Workforce Centers You Tube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/mag5025 .

At the meeting the board approved a new slate of officers for 2014. Bob Swenk (Bay County) will serve as chair, with Ted Mosteller (Franklin County) as past-chair

The executive committee will include Alisa Kinsaul (Bay County), Jennifer Conoley (Bay County). John Reeves (Gulf County) and Betty Croom (Franklin County).

The GCWB is a public/private partnership chartered by the state of Florida to administer workforce development programs in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties.  Their mission is to provide leadership, oversight, guidance, and assistance to institutions and agencies delivering training and workforce services in order to meet the economic development and employment needs of the three counties.