CareerSource South Florida celebrates recovery, decade of consistent progress


CareerSource South Florida celebrates recovery, decade of consistent progress.  

Returning from the brink of ruin 10 years ago, CareerSource South Florida has rebounded with passion and drive due to strong leadership and clear vision, achieving considerable progress, the organization reported yesterday from Miami, Florida.

“Our underlining goal is to help communities attract and retain businesses and make our region a better place to live, work and do business,” Rick Beasley, CareerSource South Florida’s executive director for the past decade, said.

The agency helps thousands of Florida residents daily with employment and training assistance — not only empowering individuals, but also enhancing the workforce pool for employers and helping South Florida’s economy flourish.

Described as a dynamic thinker, Beasley was elected president of the United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC) earlier in 2015, earning praise from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carols A. Gimenez, who called it “an extraordinary honor and … a vote of confidence in the abilities and outstanding efforts on addressing workforce development issues in our community.”

Transparency, ethics and equality provide Beasley and his team with a unified goal. Assistant Director of Administration Marian Smith praised her supervisor’s high standards, ethics and impartiality. IT Manager Liz Santis and former Youth Program Manager Myria Morgan also commended Beasley’s leadership and lack of bias as he took the organization to new heights.

“Mr. Beasley and I have a phenomenal working relationship,” Youth Programs Manager Tomara Graham said. “[He] has always treated me … with respect and is always supporting my efforts. He continues to motivate me and other members of the staff to do our very best. He praises the team — both male and female — for our services and efforts in sustaining South Florida’s workforce. He models strong leadership and high expectations, and I have benefited greatly as a result of his mentorship.”

During Beasley’s tenure, CareerSource South Florida has experienced impeccable audits and stimulated the South Florida economy to the tune of 1.15 billion in wages in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County. Additionally, the agency has seen a major return on training investment, finding jobs for over half a million unemployed Sunshine State citizens and assisting over 60,000 veterans.

CareerSource South Florida partners with universities, colleges, vocational and public schools; works closely with businesses looking for new talent; and guides job seekers through resume development, interview preparation, research, training and recruitment opportunities.

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