CareerSource Compiles Powerhouse Line-Up at 4th Annual State Of Job Conference

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Tomorrow morning, CareerSource will bring together some of the region’s top professionals to educate and prepare the next workforce generation in our area at the 4th Annual State of Jobs Conference. This year, State of Jobs welcomes many familiar faces from previous years plus a new selection of speakers who will represent various career tracks including healthcare, information technology, business/entrepreneurship, manufacturing/engineering, hospitality/tourism, and arts/culture.

“I am looking forward to speaking at the State of Jobs conference. I decided to participate because I think it is every local professionals’ duty to inspire and educate our future workforce on the industries that we represent. There is a vast amount of opportunity locally and I hope that by supporting events such as these we can be at the forefront of thought for these young adults as they make their way into their careers – and we hope to retain their talent in the Sarasota and Manatee county area. It is no secret that the Insurance and Financial Services industries are presented with the challenge of an aging workforce. We struggle to attract and retain young talent,” said Kristy Terenzio, Account Executive of Boyd Insurance and State of Jobs Speaker. “In speaking at the SOJC, I hope to show these great minds that we make a difference every day in protecting and preparing business owners and individuals of all sizes and circumstance for the unknowns. I find my career to be incredibly rewarding, and I hope that we, as a panel, can convey this fulfillment that I, and many others have experienced in our field to the attendees.”

The goal of State of Jobs is to help students prepare for their future while telling the region’s professional workforce what they are truly looking for in college and career prep. Last year, during the third annual State of Jobs conference, CareerSource Suncoast compiled a volume of data highlighting student perceptions of colleges and careers on the Suncoast. The majority of students indicated they were planning to attend a college in the state of Florida, but not in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. The event plans to ensure that local college-bound students are aware of both the academic post-secondary opportunities as well as the job market for young professionals. 

“The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is excited to be participating in the State of Jobs Conference 2017. Students and their parents who attend this conference will learn about the programs of study in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry that LECOM has to offer by visiting the college’s exhibit table and by participating in the college-preparatory panel,” said Debra Horne, LECOM Admission recruiter. “LECOM has developed special Early Acceptance Programs with select community colleges, undergraduate colleges and universities that grant qualified students a provisional early acceptance to LECOM’s College of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and School of Dental Medicine. In some cases, these programs will permit the student to start the professional program prior to receiving a bachelor degree from the undergraduate institution.”

For more on the State of Jobs conference, contact Chris Laney at or visit their website online at

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