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Martin County Schools offer $5,000 hiring bonus for educators

Martin County Schools offer $5,000 hiring bonus for educators

The Martin County School Board approved an instructional supplement aimed at alleviating staffing shortages at schools with urgent hiring needs.

Effective immediately, teachers hired to work at any of the Martin County School District's Title I schools or comprehensive high schools are eligible to earn a one-time bonus of $5,000. Eligible teachers must be hired or moving through the hiring process by March 6, 2023, to be considered for the supplement.

Newly-hired teachers must be hired at one of the following campuses to be eligible for the incentive:

  • Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
  • Hobe Sound Elementary School
  • Indiantown Middle School  (teachers hired to work here are also eligible to earn a recurring Western Zone supplement for the duration of their employment at the school)*
  • J.D. Parker Elementary School
  • Murray Middle School
  • Pinewood Elementary School
  • Port Salerno Elementary School
  • SeaWind Elementary School
  • Warfield Elementary School (teachers hired to work here are also eligible to earn a recurring Western Zone supplement for the duration of their employment at the school)*
  • Willoughby Learning Center
  • Spectrum Academy
  • Jensen Beach High School
  • Martin County High School
  • South Fork High School

The option to offer this employment incentive was originally approved by the School Board with its ratification of the Martin County Education Association’s (MCEA) 2021-2022 contract. As the District is presently experiencing a large number of instructional vacancies impacting core subject areas, Superintendent Dr. John D. Millay recommended that the School Board exercise its option to issue one-time bonuses of $5,000 to eligible newly-hired teachers of Title I and high schools.

The one-time bonus will not be prorated but will be paid in addition to any other School Board-approved supplement that the newly hired teacher qualifies for. As the purpose of the one-time bonus is to recruit new teachers to fill critical vacancies, current teachers are not eligible to earn the supplement. The one-time bonus will be paid to eligible teachers on April 27, 2023.  After ratification by the Martin County School Board and MCEA next month, the starting teacher salary in Martin County will be $48,700.

Those interested in contributing their talents and helping the Martin County School District pursue its mission of educating all students for success are encouraged to review current career opportunities here or contact a recruiter by clicking here.

*The Martin County Education Association (MCEA) is expected to ratify an increase to the Western Zone Supplement in February 2023. After this agreement has been ratified, eligible employees will earn an annual supplement of $3,100 for the duration of their instructional employment at Indiantown Middle School or Warfield Elementary School.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

Jan. 26, 2023|

Innovative employment idea matches a Treasure Coast senior community with non-profit

Innovative employment idea matches a Treasure Coast

senior community with non-profit

For decades, senior citizens have flocked to Florida to retire and enjoy their work-free lives near the ocean, under the shade of palm trees. Currently, more than 4.5 million people over the age of 65, call the Sunshine state home. And that number is steadily rising.

There are senior living communities scattered across the state. And there’s one in particular called Sandhill Cove in Martin County, that sounds like paradise on earth. This resort-style senior living community sits on the St. Lucie River waterfront, near Stuart and Port St. Lucie County. Besides the attractive views, this senior sanctuary offers a maintenance-free lifestyle, with services and amenities designed for healthy, active living.

Finding workers at Sandhill Cove has been challenging following the pandemic, so recently the community signed on to collaborate with the ARC of the Treasure Coast. ARC stands for Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged. It’s a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, educational, behavioral, and vocational services.

Some of ARC’s developmentally challenged adults will participate in internships of their choice at Sandhill Cove including food service, housekeeping, laundry services, groundskeeping, property maintenance, customer service, fitness, and leisure activities. This unique opportunity is part of the ARC’s newly launched Project SEARCH Adult program.

The training program is funded through the Florida Developmental Disability Council and awarded through the Florida RESPECT program. The state provides the funding and ARC’s Advanced Employment Services program, AES, provides support, and job coaching so these special folks can improve their skill set, build confidence, and develop independence through an intensive employment training program.

“This is a great opportunity for our community of developmentally and intellectually challenged adults. They get the chance to experience the dignity of work and the pride of self-reliance in a safe and accepting environment of patient and caring senior citizens,” said Keith Muniz, President, and CEO of the ARC of the Treasure Coast. “We are grateful to Sandhill Cove for this new partnership.”

While the ARC folks won’t get paid for their internships, Sandhill Cove can hire them at any time during or after the internship. If they are not hired by Sandhill Cove, then ARC Job Coaches will find employment for them elsewhere.

ARC of the Treasure Coast partners with other companies and organizations including the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Education and Vocational Rehabilitation, the Florida Department of Corrections, and other public and private sector businesses to produce workers for jobs that have been difficult to fill in these challenging times. The experience benefits the workers but also the seniors who need these services to maintain a certain quality of life.

This collaboration is designed to produce long-lasting and supportive relationships for everyone involved and successful long-term employment outcomes in the healthcare industry for the individuals in the Project SEARCH Adult program. Innovative ideas that keep Florida on the cutting edge.

For more information, please contact the ARC at www.ARCMC.org.

Keith Muniz is President and CEO of the ARC of The Treasure Coast which was renamed on January 1, 2023, when the ARC of Martin County and the ARC of St. Lucie County merged. The ARC, (Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering children and adults with I/DD through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral, and other healthcare services.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

 

Jan. 13, 2023|

Fort Pierce Job Fair Coming

Fort Pierce Job Fair Coming

The eighth annual City of Fort Pierce Job Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25th at the Havert Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run through Noon, with early entry for veterans available. Registration is underway for employers and job seekers here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan. 5, 2023|

Youth Guidance receives grant from Bank of America to support workforce development programs

Youth Guidance receives grant from Bank of America to support workforce development programs

Twelve teenagers and young adults received their forklift certification as part of the Youth Guidance Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

To strengthen our community in the Treasure Coast, Bank of America is helping address barriers to basic needs, workforce development, and education by directing grant funding to Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy.

Bank of America recently awarded Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy a grant for $10,000. These funds will enable Youth Guidance to continue its workforce development and pre-apprenticeship programs for youth ages 12-24 living with limited resources in Indian River County.

Youth Guidance serves approximately 250 children, teenagers, and young adults every year. Through Bank of America’s grant and partnership, the grant will be used to provide youth ages 12-24 group mentoring programs that teach various life skills, including: culinary arts, sewing, bicycle repair, boat mechanics, and gardening.  

The grant will also support the Youth Guidance Pre-Apprenticeship, the only pre-apprenticeship in Indian River County. Over eight months, youth ages 16-24 will learn five trades, including HVAC, welding, carpentry, electric, and plumbing. Those who complete the entire course will receive six professional certifications that will help them start a career in the trades. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America to help prepare our youth for careers and explore the trades industry,” said Phil Barnes, Executive Director of Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy. “This partnership will play a key role in our efforts to provide local children and young adults with hands-on experience while earning professional certifications.”

Youth Guidance implemented the pre-apprenticeship for the first time from October 2021 to May 2022. Out of the 15 students who participated, 14 received professional certifications. Upon graduation, one student started his career as an apprentice electrician.  

The pre-apprenticeship will start again in Fall 2022 in partnership with the Indian River County School District. Youth Guidance anticipates serving 20 students this coming year.

This grant is aligned with the bank’s broader efforts to advance economic opportunity and equity through health, jobs and reskilling, affordable housing, and small business. As part of those efforts, the bank has granted a total of $150,000 to 14 Treasure Coast nonprofits so far this year.  

“Investing in this partnership is part of our approach to driving economic opportunity and social progress in Indian River County,” said Susan Rabinowitz, president, Bank of America Treasure Coast. “This grant is just one way we are deploying resources locally to help remove barriers to economic success and build a more sustainable community.”

In addition to its grant funding, Bank of America’s 243 Treasure Coast teammates pitch in roughly 2,900 volunteer hours yearly. With the constantly changing landscape, charitable grants and fundraising are critical to support the important work of our nonprofit partners. 

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem, and positive futures. Founded in 1973, Youth Guidance provides daily meals as well as one-on-one and group mentoring programs to children and young adults ages 5-24 with limited resources.

After school, students complete their homework under the supervision of trained Youth Guidance staff. Then they participate in group mentoring programs that include vocational training, life skills, and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). All programs and meals are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the local community.

If you are interested in learning more about Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy or making a donation, please call 772.492.3933, or visit our website at www.youthguidanceprogram.org.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

 

Sep. 2, 2022|

Piper Aircraft selects local high school graduates to join manufacturing team

Piper Aircraft selects local high school graduates to join manufacturing team

 

On May 5, 2022 Piper Aircraft hosted students from both the Vero Beach and Sebastian River High Schools for a tour and exploratory visit of the Piper Aircraft worldwide headquarters in Vero Beach, FL. Following the visit, Piper Aircraft coordinated interviews of several of the recent high school graduates and extended job offers to 84% of the candidates. The newly hired candidates are currently in the training process and will join the manufacturing and production control teams in the near future.

Piper Aircraft continues to actively recruit and hire personnel for positions throughout the organization in an effort to meet current and future production needs. With the robust nature of the marketplace and demand for both trainer and personal aircraft, Piper’s production for 2022 is sold out, with firm orders into 2024. For more information on current employment opportunities at Piper Aircraft, visit www.piper.com/careers.

 

About Piper Aircrafts

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individual’s elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit www.piper.com

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Jun. 11, 2022|

TREASURE COAST MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OPENS OPPORTUNITIES

In August 2016 a group of Treasure Coast manufacturers met to share ideas and find solutions to challenges facing the advanced manufacturing industry. These challenges ranged from building stronger partnerships with local governments, strengthening relationships with regional and state political leadership to the truly daunting issue of recruiting and developing a skilled labor force. Attracting more than 100 attendees, the kick-off meeting demonstrated strong interest in creating an organization that would provide a unified “voice” for the regional manufacturing industry.
Jun. 20, 2019|