Future Leaders Academy to host certification event at TCC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 12, 2016) – The Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy will host an event for over one hundred young people seeking career advancement Thursday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Tallahassee Community College campus.

The “Passport to Your Future” event provides youths an opportunity to obtain a national certification from the National Retail Federation in Customer Service and Sales following a three-hour crash course in success training. The experience is designed to allow participants to gain skills that will help them become employed and sustain successful college and professional careers, according to Jynelle Robinson, TCC’s Retail Pathways program coordinator.

The Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy is the City of Tallahassee’s summer youth employment initiative. In its second year, the TFLA program includes summer jobs within the city government and at dozens of local organizations including the Tallahassee/Leon Federal Credit Union, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and Florida State University.

“TFLA has continued to provide young people in this community with new skills and experiences that will assist them in their future academic and professional endeavors,” said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. “We want to give our participants the motivation and mentorship they need to stay on the right path, and opportunities like the ‘Passport to Your Future’ event will further help to expose them to their own potential as they become the future leaders of our community.”

Components of the TFLA program include a six-week summer job opportunity and training on leadership, professional growth and financial literacy, as well as seminars focused on the development of marketable job skills.

The July 21 certification event will be anchored at TCC’s Center for Workforce Development. The over 120 enrollees, ranging from 15 to 20 years old, will also tour TCC’s campus and enjoy presentations by representatives of the College’s Career Center, Advising Center and STEM Center.

For information, contact Jynelle Robinson at (850) 201-9644 or sneedj@tcc.fl.edu.