Who Are We

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton is a non-profit organization that:

  • Identifies and facilitates the management of workforce issues in our local community
  • Convenes the appropriate organizations and individuals to address them
  • Oversees the daily delivery of employment and training services to employers, workers, and job seekers through the CareerSource Okaloosa Walton centers

Board members are volunteers representing business and industry, economic development, education, organized labor, local and state government, and community-based organizations. By legislative design local business leaders must comprise a minimum of 51% of board membership. Business leaders are nominated by Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Councils and membership to the board is by appointment of the appropriate Board of County Commissioners.

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton was established in 1996 by the Workforce Florida Act of 1996 and its role has been reinforced by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Florida's Workforce Innovation Act of 2000 and the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.

The board serves Florida's Workforce Region 2, Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and is one of 24 such boards in the state. Over 600 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) or Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) have been established nationwide.

The board is supported by paid administrative staff.



If you have a question or concern, please write a letter to the attention of Executive Director Michele Burns.

Michele Burns, Executive Director

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton

109 8th Ave.

Shalimar, FL 32579


Will Miles, Equal Opportunity Officer

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton

109 8th Ave.

Shalimar, FL 32579

Email: EEO@careersourceow.com


Board Transparency

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton By-Laws                 CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Local Plan

One-Stop Operator Designation                             Interlocal Agreement                         

2022 Financial Audit                                                         2023 Financial Audit               

Staff Compensation                                              Executive Compensation

Form 990 - 2022                                                               Form 990 - 2021                                                                                                                            

2024-25 Budget                                                                2023-24 Budget                                                                                                                                       


Required Contracts:

    Lease Addendum                                            Managed IT Support                Audit Services

     Employment Service Agreement               Cloud Hosting                            Precision Measurement OJT


Financial Disclosure:  Each member of the CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Board of Directors as well as the Executive Director, if not otherwise required to file a full and public disclosure of financial interests under s.8, art.II of the State Constitution or s.112.3144, shall file a statement of financial interests under s.112.3145.  Currently, all CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Board members and the CEO are in compliance with this requirement.  Disclosures or statements may be reviewed by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office and submitting a public records request or via the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Policies:  Click a link below for further information

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                Assessment Administration

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