Project Purpose is a one week-long curriculum designed for graduating high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers with some of Bartow’s leading industries.

The one-week training includes courses in Soft Skills, Professionalism & Work Ethics, Safety in the Workplace, Quality Control, and more. After completing the training, our goal is for the young adults to interview and take full-time jobs among the group of participating employers. Graduating seniors must request the application form from their Counselor or Work-Based Learning Coordinator.

On Friday, June 17th, 2022, we hosted the inaugural Project Purpose Signing Day Ceremony to celebrate the program completion and career launch of the very first Project Purpose class.

At this event, all eleven young adults who completed the training announced their respective employment choices. Many of them received multiple job offers following the training week.

Project Purpose industry participation is only available to Chamber Champions in the manufacturing sector.

“I didn’t know where I was going before graduation. I didn’t have a plan. Project Purpose set me in a good direction and now I’m benefitting in the workforce and getting skills. It’s a good way to kickstart your life right out of high school. I can take these skills to any place to work.”

– Kamdin DeValentino, 2022 Project Purpose Graduate

Click here to view the 2022 Overview and Training Schedule. Reminder: This is the 2022 Training Schedule. 2023 courses will include modifications.

Inaugural Project Purpose Class

The Inaugural Project Purpose Graduating Class from left to right named with their respective employer of choice: Austin Pilkay (Shaw), Joshua Cygan (Toyo Tires), Ronard Johnson (Toyo Tires), Kamdin DeValentino (NOTS Logistics), Christian Leon (NOTS Logistics), Camden Geer (Anheuser-Busch), Jacob Herron (Shaw), and Salena Goins (Shaw).

Not pictured: Tristin Alford (YANMAR), Nycholause Garrett (NOTS Logistics), and Rikaja Lee (Textron).