Success Stories

Doug Earle

Veteran services team
“I  just wanted to let you know that, yesterday, we conducted outreach activities at MacDill AFB, and he represented CareerSource Tampa Bay with distinction.  Mr. Earle is a true professional.  His knowledge of the local Veteran community and their needs is impressive.  I look forward to working with him, in the future, in an effort to meet/exceed our fellow Veterans’ expectations.”
Wilfredo Florez, USCG Senior Chief (Ret.)
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Olivia Smith

WIOA Youth Program Participant
Olivia Smith is a Junior at Hillsborough High School. The Summer Job Connection program allowed her to gain a lot of experience and prepared her to go into a profession. Her first job was teaching Korean to underprivileged girls as a part of her passion. She’s studied the language for 5-6 years and is currently learning Chinese and Spanish.

Brianna Lebron

WIOA Youth Program Participant
“I am a first-generation college graduate in my family, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity that Diana has helped me with through the WIOA Youth Program!”

Felix Garcia

WIOA Youth Program Participant
He worked full time but had to set a goal for himself to complete this in 6 months or less. He did in fact complete his high school diploma in less than 6 months. He is currently waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic situation to clear when the military will once again be bringing new recruits in.


Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc.

Virtual Job Fair Attending Employer
“It was a very good event. I got the kind of applicants I was hoping for and it looks like we will be able to fill quite a few of our vacancies.”


Samir Sera  

WIOA Youth Participant
“I am very grateful for your help all this time. Thanks to God that I found this program that helped me achieve what I need. All workers from CareerSource helped me correctly. Life will keep going and I will never forget the good service that you provided to me and your respect and love.”


Tashia Zeno (Staff Member) On behalf of Denise

R3 Program
I lead a Homeless Initiative at my church where we supply CARRE bags with essentials and feed the homeless/less fortunate. I was talking to a young woman by the name of Denise, who is currently homeless and going through a tough time. I spoke to her about connecting with Career Source Tampa Bay and possibly enrolling in some type of training, her eyes filled up with tears and she said, “I am I enrolled in the R3 Program, Monica is my career coach, this program is my only source of income at the moment and if it wasn’t for the program and the financial assistance, I wouldn’t have money to eat.” This moved me immensely I saw the impact this program has to the community we serve, and it came full circle. This program is changing the trajectory of our customer’s lives.



Hurricane Maria Assistance Program
Dear Cynthia,
As you know from January 22 to 24, 2020, I took the Advanced U.S. Immigration Law training that was taught by US immigration where I satisfactorily completed 24 hours of education and training in the U.S. Immigration Law. I am grateful to you and CareerSource for paying me for the training.
As a result of that training in the next days I will register with the federal department of Justice as an immigration attorney. I will register with the Federal Department of Justice as an immigration attorney, and I trust that in near future I will get a job or open my office as an immigration attorney. I will keep you informed of these employment arrangements. I reiterate my thanks for your dedicated attention and professionalism to help integrate into the labor market.


Sallie Beckwith, RN

WIOA Youth Program Participant
Dear Zoe,
Firstly, I’d like to start by thanking you for your unwavering support, encouragement, and dedication to my case and the thousands of others you have helped and will help achieve their goals and dreams. You personally have helped me overcome the demographic obstacles associated with being a young single mother, a domestic violence survivor, and a recovering addict. The first day I met you, you spoke words of encouragement and throughout the last 25 years, you continued to water those seeds you planted in me. I just want to give back what you gave me, will continue to lead in your footsteps, and pour into the young women who surround me with similar circumstances.


Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Recipient
CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) is proud to be able to help one of our customers go to college to eventually work in the field of cybersecurity.  For the purpose of privacy and the highly sensitive career choice, we are going to call him Tom.
After Tom’s job with IBM was outsourced, he worked with CareerSource Tampa Bay’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Coordinators to get accepted into NYU Law to earn his Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy.
He was able to qualify for what is his TAA Coordinator said was the largest award amount in her career, a whopping $97,500.00!
Tom and his work with CSTB started in October of 2020 and with the help of the CSTB’s TAA Coordinator he has begun his TAA Approved Training Program and is expected to complete it in September of 2022.
When asked about the positives of the TAA Approved Training Program Tom said he was glad to know he qualified to help pay for his cybersecurity degree at NYU since it is such a unique and specialized field.
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Received on January 28, 2022

From the Assistant Canteen Chief, Sara Jo Raley at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa


CareerSource Tampa Bay received a message from a canteen vendor at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida.   They recently hired a Veteran referred to them by CareerSource Tampa Bay.

The Veteran worked with CareerSource Tampa Bay Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist, Ted Davis at the Salvation Army.  The Veteran had many fears about working after 15 years of non-employment.  

Ted worked closely with the Veteran who was homeless, needed EBT services, had no resume, lacked interview skills.  Ted even helped with getting him clothes and a bus pass.   The Veteran overcame his fears and had confidence in himself to apply for the position at the canteen. He got the job and from his supervisor sounds like he’s doing great.  

The supervisor of the employee wrote how they couldn’t be more pleased with their new employee.   They added that the employee is learning each phase of his job duties and is looking forward to learning more.  

The Canteen Chief went on to say that in the first two weeks, our new employee has learned and become comfortable with the following:

  • POS & Cash Handling responsibilities
  • Retail Store procedures with regards to Customer Service policies
  • Replenishment activities to keep the store shelves full

He also is progressing in his training and next week will begin training on merchandise receiving. 

They went on to say that the employee exhibits a strong work ethic and a desire to learn and perform his assignments well.  His positive, upbeat attitude is a breath of fresh air and my associates have welcomed him with open arms onto the team.  He has shadowed each team member so he can watch and learn the procedures and is getting into a routine that enables him to effectively complete tasks.

This employee has the qualities I look for and appreciate in my team members: dependability, resourcefulness, comradery, and enthusiasm.  In the event you have a few more like individuals, we would appreciate the consideration for them to join us.

My sincere thank you for bringing us a valued employee.