Eckerd Connects Builds the Future Workforce

Eckerd Connects Workforce participant, Dante, with business owner, Julie Walker; starting his first day of a paid internship with DJ’s Collision.

Eckerd Connects and CareerSource Northeast Florida help our young people achieve stable and successful lives.  Eckerd Connects provides valuable training and support programs that offer pathways to job security and financial stability for youth, 16-24 years of age, in Baker, Clay and Duval counties through CareerSource Northeast Florida (CareerSource NEFL).

“It can be hard for young people to find employment opportunities that offer a pathway to job security and financial stability, changing their life trajectory. The Workforce Development program helps them overcome barriers to their success while preparing them to successfully enter the workforce.” said Temeka Perry, CareerSource NEFL Program Manager.

One of our nation’s most significant challenges is to fix the current state of the workforce. Employers struggle to fill positions across pay grades and skills, despite their willingness to compensate well and offer innovative benefits packages.

Eckerd Connects Workforce Development program opportunities include:

  • Paid training leading to certification in fields such as certified nursing assistant, merchant mariner, commercial driver’s license/truck driving, phlebotomist, and more
  • Job readiness training
  • GED/HS Diploma Attainment
  • Job-related supportive services (assistance with tools, clothing, and transportation)
  • Connection with careers leading to self sufficiency

Employers and young people interested in participating can visit for applications and more information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with cohorts launching throughout the year. 

 Applicants must be between 16-24 and living in Duval, Clay, or Baker counties. Students currently enrolled in high school are not eligible. Household income limits may also apply.

About Eckerd Connects

Eckerd Connects was founded in 1968 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd with the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. The national nonprofit organization has connected about 316,000 people to the help they need through programs in job corps, workforce development, juvenile justice, and family & children services. For more information about youth workforce development in Northeast Florida, visit

About CareerSource Northeast Florida (NEFL)

CareerSource NEFL is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. CareerSource NEFL is funded entirely by federal grants. Accordingly, 100% of the cost will be financed with federal funding from the US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Agriculture as part of awards totaling approximately $23.3 million. CareerSource NEFL is responsible for providing a trained workforce to the employers in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. For more information, visit

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