Resources

We've compiled the following list of links for your benefit. If you have a link you would like to see listed on the site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Business Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act
Information and technical assistance that will assist employers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
www.ada.gov

Equal Employment Opportunities Commission 
Laws, regulations, and policy guidance relating to EEO.
www.eeoc.gov

E-Laws 
Employment laws assistance for workers and small businesses.
www.dol.gov/elaws

Employment Law Guide
Describes U.S. Department of Labor's major statutes and regulations in plain language, targets employers needing introductory information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies.
www.dol.gov/asp/programs/guide.htm

Department of Labor Employment Posters
Information on required workplace postings with printable versions online.
www.dol.gov/osbp/sbrefa/poster

Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program is an incentive program that allows employers to hire with limited liability to their business at-risk job applicants.
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/for-employers/find-tax-credit-and-incentive-programs/federal-bonding-program

Incumbent Worker Training
Information on Florida.
http://careersourceflorida.com/training-solutions/incumbent-worker-training/

Labor Market Information
Population, income, workforce statistics, wages, industry information, employment projections and more, provided by Florida.
fred.labormarketinfo.com

New Hire Reporting Requirements
Information on Florida.
www.fl-newhire.com

O*NET
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
www.onetonline.org

Quick Response Training/FloridaFlex
Information on Florida.
http://careersourceflorida.com/training-solutions/floridaflex/

Society for Human Resource Management
Resources on HR topics from the professional HR national organization.
www.shrm.org

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) 
Information on the WOTC incentive, available to employers hiring welfare recipients and individuals from other special groups.
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/for-employers/find-tax-credit-and-incentive-programs/work-opportunity-tax-credit-program

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Job Seekers Resources

Career InfoNet
General outlook; wages and trends; what the job takes; employability checkup; career exploration; career resource library; and more.
www.acinet.org

Career One-Stop
Effective resume writing; occupational knowledge, skills, and abilities; planning your job search; preparing for the interview; and more.
www.careeronestop.org

Federal Student Aid
Get help paying for college. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA)
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program is an incentive program that allows employers to hire with limited liability to their business at-risk job applicants.
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/for-employers/find-tax-credit-and-incentive-programs/federal-bonding-program

O*NET
O*NET Online has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
www.onetonline.org

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
Information on the WOTC incentive, available to employers hiring welfare recipients and individuals from other special groups
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships/for-employers/find-tax-credit-and-incentive-programs/work-opportunity-tax-credit-program

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Veteran Resources

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Visit the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs website for information on the following Services.
www.employflorida.com/veteran.asp

  • Services available through the Florida Department of Military Affairs
  • Services available through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • General veteran's issues
  • General organizations for veterans
  • Specialized organizations for veterans
  • Employment issues
  • Services for disabled veterans
  • Services for veterans in crisis
  • Locating military veterans
  • State Veterans Departments
  • Official military websites

Local VA Services

Military Transition

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Other Services and Programs

E-Laws
Information about employment laws for employees.
www.dol.gov/elaws/employees.asp

Florida Child Support Services
Support in locating missing parents, establishing child and medical support orders, enforcing support orders, modifying support orders, and more.
www.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport

Florida KidCare
Low cost health insurance for uninsured children from birth through 18.
www.floridakidcare.org

Florida Medicaid
State/federal partnership that provides health coverage for selected categories of people with low incomes.
www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/index.shtml

GovBenefits
How to find government benefits for which you qualify.
www.govbenefits.gov

Okaloosa/Walton Child Care Services
Assistance with locating child care to meet needs and financial assistance for families who qualify
www.owccs.org

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
A program designed to end dependence by needy parents on government benefits by promoting training, job preparation and work.
www.myflorida.com/accessflorida

Welfare Transition Program (WT)
The Florida work program for TANF recipients that emphasizes work, self-sufficiency, and personal responsibility.
www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforce-programs/welfare-transition-program

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Board Links

Federal Workforce Resources and Related National Organizations

America
www.doleta.gov/almis

Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (Rutgers University)
www.heldrich.rutgers.edu

National Association of Counties (NACo)
www.naco.org

National Association of Workforce Boards
www.nawb.org

National Governors Association
www.nga.org

National Skills Standards Board
www.nssb.org

U.S. Department of Labor
www.dol.gov

U.S. Department of Labor 
www.doleta.gov

U.S. Workforce
www.doleta.gov/usworkforce

Florida Workforce Agencies and Related Organizations

Enterprise Florida, Inc.
www.eflorida.com

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
www.floridajobs.org

Florida Chamber of Commerce
www.flchamber.com

Florida Labor Market Information
www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information

Florida Legislature and Statutes
www.leg.state.fl.us

State of Florida
www.myflorida.com

Workforce Florida, Inc. (WFI)
www.workforceflorida.com

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Economic Development

The availability of a qualified workforce is critical to successful economic development. CareerSource Okaloosa Walton works closely with economic development organizations in their efforts to recruit new businesses to the region and to assist new and existing businesses with training and skill upgrades for their employees.

Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County
Directs efforts toward existing industry, workforce development, and target-industry recruiting with a commitment to the growth and diversity of Okaloosa County.
www.florida-edc.org

Walton County Economic Development Alliance
The Walton County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) is a public/private organization that aims to provide local and prospective businesses with the tools and resources they need to achieve success. Through partnerships with area organizations, the WCEDA facilitates growth and expansion by supporting current and new businesses. The goal is to develop a vibrant local economy, grow quality jobs and ensure national and global demand for Walton County resources.
www.wcedafl.com

Florida's Great Northwest
Promotes the economic development of sixteen counties in Northwest Florida through a strategic alliance of businesses and related organizations.
www.floridasgreatnorthwest.com

Florida Economic Development Council, Inc.
The Florida Economic Development Council, Inc. (FEDC) is the statewide economic development association representing more than 500 economic development professionals and is Florida's primary resource for economic development related policy development, education and networking.
www.fedc.net

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Chambers of Commerce

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton partners with the five chambers of commerce in Okaloosa and Walton Counties to communicate available employer services, to encourage participation in workforce services and programs, and to encourage continual feedback to the board by the member businesses.

Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce
www.crestviewchamber.com

Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
www.destinchamber.com

Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
www.fwbchamber.org

Niceville-Valparaiso-Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
www.nicevillechamber.com

Walton Area Chamber of Commerce
www.waltonareachamber.com

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Education/Training

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton, through its service providers, issues Individual Training Accounts to eligible job seekers to assist them in gaining the necessary skills to enter the workforce and gain self-sufficiency. The following educational institutions provide training authorized through the board.

Okaloosa County School District
Serves over 30,000 students from pre-kindergarten through adult education with an emphasis on better student performance, better management, and better customer relations.
www.okaloosaschools.com

Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation
A non-profit community-based foundation dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County through educational enrichment programs; sponsor Take Stock in Children Scholarship programs.
www.okaloosaschools.com/?q=district/sos-opsf

Choice High School and Technical Center
Offers technical training programs for both high school students and adult students; offers Performance-Based Diploma Program.
www.okaloosaschools.com/choice

CHOICE
Community High: Okaloosa Institutes for Career Education.
www.choice-institutes.com

Walton County School District
Offers a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs almost 6,000 students in Walton County preparing them for success in the twenty-first century.
www.walton.K12.fl.us

Emerald Coast Technical College
Educates students in job skills and career choices while reinforcing and complementing material that students learn in other academic areas.
wcd.walton.k12.fl.us

University of West Florida
Northwest Florida
www.uwf.edu

Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development
Helps entrepreneurs and industry leaders meet their information needs in the modern economy by collecting, analyzing, and distributing economic data.
haas.uwf.edu

UWF Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
A member of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, a non-profit network of college and university-based centers providing entrepreneurs with high quality one-on-one consulting, management training, and vital information needed to grow and prosper in a complex and competitive global environment.
www.sbdc.uwf.edu

Northwest Florida State College
Provides quality educational programs and services on six local campuses whereby students may achieve their goals and the community is enhanced through academic, vocational, cultural, economic, and personal development opportunities; degrees awarded include AS, AA, and Vocational Certificates.
www.nwfsc.edu

Embry Riddle
The Aviation Institute is a curriculum option for students at Choctawhatchee High School and reflects the business needs of the community and students.
www.choctawindians.net/programs/Aviation_Institute.cfm

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Military

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton works with the TAP personnel on both Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field to integrate services provided to exiting military personnel by the TAP program, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans.

Transition Assistance Program
Assists active duty military personnel stationed at Eglin Air Force Base prepare for their transition to civilian employment.

Family Support Center
502 West Van Matre, Suite 1
Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542-6823
850.882.9060
TAP Manager

Family Support Center
121 Bartley Street
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5272
850.884.6281
TAP Manager

7th Special Forces
The 7th Special Force Group is one of five active Special Forces Groups providing specialized support to the combatant commanders.
www.eglin.af.mil/units/7specialforcesgroup/index.asp

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Community-Based Organizations

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton builds partnerships with numerous community-based organizations with similar goals and missions. Through collaboration we seek to improve the workforce and workplace of today and tomorrow.

United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
Identifies, evaluates and supports and/or funds human service needs and programs for the citizens of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, including First Call For Help, an information hotline and referral service located in the Fort Walton Beach CareerSource Okaloosa Walton center.
www.united-way.org

Horizons
Strives to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities through education, advocacy, and providing opportunities for growth and independence including supported employment programs.
www.horizonsfwb.com

Junior League of the Emerald Coast
Promotes volunteerism, development of women.
www.jlec.org

Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (OCCSW)
The purpose of the OCCSW is to eliminate barriers to achievement for women through research, education and communication, recognize and honor women who have made significant contributions toward improving the status of women and other citizens of Okaloosa County.
www.occsw.org

Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast
Empowers Kids to achieve academic success, to build good character and to lead healthy lifestyles.
www.bgcec.com

Emerald Coast Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management
As a direct affiliate of the National SHRM, provides professional growth and development opportunities to professionals in the fields of Human Resource Management, Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, Labor Relations, and Employee Resource Management.
www.shrm-emeraldcoast.org

Bridgeway Center, Inc. 
Provides behavioral, judicial, educational, and in-home senior care services. Bridgeway Center, Inc. (BCI) is a non-profit health and human services companies serving Children, Adults, and Families.
www.bridgewaycenter.org

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