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Chamber’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee to Host Second Annual Career Discoveries

Chamber’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee to Host Second Annual Career Discoveries

CareerDiscoveries-allstudents-e1445617838677The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee is hosting its second annual Career Discoveries Day.  Career Discoveries Day is a 3-hour workshop designed to facilitate middle and high school students and their parent exposure to emerging career opportunities in the Greater Gainesville region.

“Career Discoveries represents a great collaboration between the chamber, higher education, the K-12 public school system, and private sector business partners. This combined approach ensures students will have access to the best information possible about the many interesting, high-paying, career opportunities just ahead within our community,” said Dug Jones, Associate Vice President, Economic Development for Santa Fe College and Chair of the Chamber’s Talent Alignment and Education Committee.

Career Discoveries Day is taking place on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Last year more that 50 students joined 30 business professionals at the inaugural Career Discoveries Day.  This year Career Discoveries Day keynote will be Joe Cirulli, owner and founder of Gainesville Health & Fitness.  Cirulli will speak about the many adversities he overcame early in his career, and how his passion for fitness and entrepreneurship grew into a world-leading fitness center.

Career Discoveries Day will feature local business professionals in the following industry sectors: arts and design, health sciences, transportation/manufacturing, life sciences, and technology.

Each industry sector will have a speaker to present emerging careers in his/her industry to entice students to attend his/her breakout session. Each breakout session will feature a panel of peer Business owners and professionals who will discuss career pathways for each targeted industries (identified above), share their story of success and answer questions from the audience.

“Career Discoveries 2015 inspired more than 50 families to learn more about career opportunities in specific industries,” said Susan Davenport, President/CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Helping students strengthen their career opportunities through a strategic approach to education aligns with the Chamber’s vision to make Gainesville a global hub of talent, innovation, and opportunity.”

Career Discoveries planned by the Talent Alignment and Education Committee, which oversees the programs and projects of the Chamber. For more information about Career Discoveries or to learn of ways to become more involved, email

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