SFSC’s Farmworker Career Development Program helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents in Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties realize greater economic stability through career services, training services, youth services, and related assistance.

By participating in this program, migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families can achieve economic self-sufficiency, better pay, and a stable employment future.

How Can the FCDP Help You?

  • Counseling to help you set your career goals
  • Job skills training to learn the skills for the job you want
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to help you learn English
  • Basic skills training in reading, writing, and math
  • Help earning your General Educational Development (GED) high school equivalency diploma
  • Support services and financial aid
  • Job readiness training to help you find, apply for, and keep a good job

How Can You Qualify for the FCDP?

  • You, your parents, or spouse have performed migrant or seasonal farm work within the past 24 months.
  • You, your parents, or your spouse have received at least 50 percent of your total earned income from farm work within the past 24 months.

These requirements apply to all participants:

  • You receive public assistance, free/reduced cost lunch, or meet certain income eligibility requirements.
  • You are a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • You have registered with Selective Service if you are a male ages 18-26.

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The Farmworker Career Development program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Florida Department of Education.

Fabiana Castro 863-784-7166
Case Manager, Highlands

Tara Jefferies 863-784-7386
 Coordinator, Farmworker Career Development Program 

Minerva Ortiz 863-784-7043
Case Manager, DeSoto and Hardee