Article by: Herald Tribune

Women’s Resource Center is launching a monthly information session called Career Connections to connect women to quality job openings and funded educational opportunities in the community. Local employers are partnering with WRC not only to recruit for their open positions but also to help participants learn about the career paths available within their organizations and industries.

The first Career Connections event is Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at the WRC’s Sarasota Center at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. It will focus on career-laddering opportunities in the medical field, with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital participating.

The February Career Connections will be on Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m., at the WRC’s Sarasota Center. The topic is funded certified nurse assistant training programs.

“Employment coaching is one of the most in-demand services we provide, so we are working to build stronger partnerships with local employers that will create a win-win for them and for our clients,” explains WRC CEO Ashley Brown.

The Jan. 22 session will highlight the variety of jobs and career pathways available at the hospitals, including free training and funded college, learn-while-you-earn programs and entry-level positions starting at $13-$17 per hour.

“Our goal is to help people see the incredible range of job options available at the hospital and how these can lead to exciting and well-paid health care careers,” says Sarasota Memorial Health Care System recruiter Corry Tyle.

The Career Connections information sessions are open and free to all individuals interested in attending. No registration is required. WRC also offers free resume writing support, career mentors, job seeker support groups and professional women’s clothing. To learn more about the Career Connections session or other services available at WRC, call 941-256-9721 or visit