Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed
Since 2007, The Immokalee Foundation has focused on preparing our hard-working middle and high school students for college. Through the incredible dedication of our donors, mentors and staff, the Foundation has consistently achieved a 100 percent of our students have graduated from high school, 100 percent have a postsecondary plan to pursue a professional career, and 92 percent graduate with a postsecondary certificate or degree, with the majority of them getting a four-year bachelor’s degree. We couldn’t be more proud of our students who have embraced the Foundation’s resources to help them achieve their dreams. Now, we have expanded our mission, based on our successful programs and led by our steadfast commitment to helping these young men and women achieve financial success through satisfying professional careers.
Desirable professional careers don’t always require a college degree. The Immokalee Foundation spent nearly two years developing a new model that focuses on a broad spectrum of professional careers, including those that don’t require a college degree.
Through extensive research and analysis, we have identified four pathways for our students that lead to well-paying jobs that are in high demand in Southwest Florida: Engineering & Construction Management, Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, and Health Care.
In collaboration with program staff, industry professionals, and institutions of higher education, we identified opportunities for middle, high school, and postsecondary students to explore career options through after-school and summer programs, classes for earning industry-recognized credentials and certificates, apprenticeships, internships, dual-enrollment programs, field trips, academies, camps, and many other career-centric opportunities. Importantly, we involve parents early in the process, to help educate them about the incredible professional opportunities available in Southwest Florida, even for students who choose a career that doesn’t require a college degree. We support these students every step of the way, with mentoring and scholarships that will help keep them on track and focused on success.
The Immokalee Foundation is building on 30 years of breaking down barriers, forging new pathways, and changing the lives of Immokalee’s youth through this exciting new initiative for delivering career-based programming.
Preparation In Elementary School: Immokalee Readers
This after-school tutoring program helps Immokalee’s youngest generation become strong readers today – so they can be strong students tomorrow.
CAREER EXPLORATION IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Foundation’s Career Exploration program empowers students to make informed choices about their career paths to better ensure their professional success.
CAREER IMMERSION IN HIGH SCHOOL
Career Immersion offers hard-working youth a path to the future through education, mentoring and college scholarships.
Career Success Scholarships
The Career Success Scholarships program helps students navigate the transition between high school and their chosen educational path.