Orlando to launch training program for workers whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando residents whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19 will soon have a new place to turn to for support in finding a new career.

On Monday, the Orlando City Council approved the launch of the new RISE Employment & Training Program in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida.

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Officials said the program will ensure Orlando residents impacted by COVID-19 will have equitable access to opportunities for job training, coaching and support services to measurably increase their employability.

“Education and job training removes barriers and opens doors to opportunity for everyone,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a statement.

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The city said it will lease space at 1221 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 301, to open the RISE Employment & Training Program Office to provide in-person assistance to connect residents to job training and employment opportunities.

The program is expected to open in April 2022. In the meantime, residents and businesses can visit Orlando.gov/RISE to learn more.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.