Pathways to Work

Pathways to Work offers job-focused options to receive training, increase job skills and abilities, and earn a paycheck. Trained job coaches work with youth (14-22) and adults (18+) to provide the support needed for success on the job.

Coaching can include

Building job-specific skills, meeting productivity requirements, resume building, on-the-job training, learning behaviors, career exploration, and social acceptance in the workplace.

Youth Service Options (14-22 yrs):


1. High School High Tech 

Giving youth an opportunity to succeed ensures a better future for everyone. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida takes a proactive approach to employment by providing vocational services, mentoring, and career exploration activities to high school students with disabilities.

These services are provided through the Able Trust Florida High School High Tech Program. In 2016, more than 150 Southwest Florida youths received vocational and educational services through this program.
The Able Trust Florida High School High Tech (HSHT) program provides opportunities for students with disabilities and other barriers to explore potential future careers. The program is designed to help students determine their interests and aptitudes, offer job-shadowing and internships, and provide leadership opportunities. HSHT has been shown to reduce high school dropout rates and increase the overall self-esteem of participating students.

Florida HSHT is an initiative of the US Department of Labor and the Able Trust. The program is currently offered at 10 high schools in Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties. If you would like to apply to the High School High Tech program please contact the program coordinator in your county.

Charlotte County
(Charlotte High School and The Academy at Charlotte Technical College)
Contact: Youth Program Coordinator, Sandra Rosario  at  (239) 995-2106, ext. 2256 or Cell: (239) 357-5056.

Collier County - (Golden Gate, Naples, and Gulf Coast High School)
Contact: High School High Tech Program Coordinator Taylor Hughes, or call  (239) 281-3676

Glades/Hendry Counties - (Clewiston, LaBelle, and Moore Haven High Schools)
Contact: High School High Tech Program Coordinator, Barbara Ramos, at (239) 281-2261

Lee County - (Cape Coral High and Mariner High)
Contact: High School High Tech Program Coordinator, Sandra Rosario at (239) 995-2106, ext. 2256 or Cell: (239) 357-5056


2. On-the-Job Training 

Explore different businesses through temporary paid training experiences. This gives the student an opportunity to see if the job or business is a good fit. Funding options students in this service include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Adult Service Options (18+):

Referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation, job seekers are supported by their job coach based on the level of support needed to obtain and retain employment. Service referrals fall under the following categories:

1. Supported Employment & Employment Services

  • Job Assessment
  • Job Development
  • Job Placement
  • Job Coaching
  • Follow-Along Services

2. On the Job Training (OJT)

  • Temporary Paid Training
  • Employment Exploration


Maryjane Nickerson, Employment Consultant - Charlotte
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (941) 625-1664 

Daisy-Anne Petraglia (Dee) Employment Consultant - Lee 
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (239) 995-2106 - OFFICE ext. 2232 or Cell: (239) 288-3529

Enas Bendeck, MSRCEmployment Consultant - Collier (Naples)
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (239) 822-0648

Funding options for Pathways to Work adult participants include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Pathways to Work operates with the support of:

Thank you for our Community Supporters:
Charlotte Community Foundation is a sponsoring partner of the Goodwill PTW programs.  Laptops and a portable scanner have been purchased with CCF funds to make career development activities accessible to more program participants.


For more information about the Pathways to Work Program, please contact Program Manager Angela Hemstreet at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2227