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Training and Trades Grant from United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties

2680 West County Road 476
Bushnell, Florida  33513

Press Release

From:  Colleen Strickland, Curriculum Supervisor

Date:  February 1, 2019

Subject:  Training and Trades Grant from United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties


The Sumter County School Board is the proud recipient of a $15,000 grant from United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties to continue into its second year of the Training and Trades program at Sumter PREP Academy.  Training and Trades will connect community business owners youth, ages 16 and above, who are enrolled in Sumter PREP Academy, to provide training in several demand trades, develop employability skills, and offer summer paid internships. Local business owners will serve as volunteer instructors, teaching skills such as installing flooring, barbering, home audio installation and plumbing, which is anticipated to result in employment in the local area. A partnership with CareerSource Central Florida will provide summer paid internships for project participants. Students will improve attendance, gain employability skills, and increase academic performance to maintain eligibility for the project. One short-term impact will be students meeting promotion and graduation requirements as project participants will be motivated to stay in school. Another long-term community impact will be increased economic input, and civic participation. Project participants will engage in career training two days a week for two hours per day. In addition, participants will have employability skills workshops to include financial literacy, time management, resume writing, and interview techniques. Guest instructors will offer job shadowing experiences at their local work sites. Transportation will be provided with grant funds for summer internships as this is a major barrier for the target population.  A fifteen thousand dollar check was presented to Jennifer Haines, AP Intern at Sumter PREP and Sumter School Board member Sally Moss by United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties.  

 United Way Grant Check

Photo: Check presentation to Michelle Purl-VP of Resource Development, United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties; Jennifer Haines-AP Intern at Sumter PREP; Sally Moss- Sumter County School Board member and Michael Herrera- United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties Board member