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Getting Back to Work: a Virtual Job Fair and CARES Act Child Care Assistance

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Heading back to work is tough when you can't meet people face-to-face. And it's even harder when childcare and school is still in a holding pattern. Today we're looking at two programs trying to help solve these problems.

With the looming end to federal subsidies for unemployment, people who have been laid off, let go, or otherwise put out of work by business closures may be looking to dive back into the job pool. With face to face meetings discouraged these days- one local agency has arranged a “virtual” job fair complete with video interviews for possible on-the-spot hires. We’ll talk with Janeth Castrejon from CareerSource of Southwest Florida to learn more about Thursday's on-line event.

And- with a return to the workplace and school up in the air for many- child care becomes a more pressing concern. We’ll talk with the united Way of Lee county about a Cares-act funded program that will help people to afford a place for their kids or grandkids as they head back to work.

Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.