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Expanding Economic Opportunity
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

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Building Strong Relationships
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

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Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

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Expanding Career Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is a national-award-winning workforce and business innovation initiative that turns the traditional model for workforce investment in Florida on its head. CareerEdge partners directly with employers in fast-growing sectors in the regional economy, to help them fill skills gaps and meet their employment needs, while at the same time assisting individuals in entering the workforce and moving up career ladders. CareerEdge leads a cutting-edge initiative and has transformed the way stakeholders in the region and around the state look at career training.

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to a region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships.

CareerEdge is the first Funders Collaborative designated as a National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in the Southeastern US. The collaborative uses donated funds to create a skilled labor pool in the Manatee-Sarasota region and helps local employers find the talent they need. Learn more about how we fulfill this vital mission and how you can help drive economic development in the Manatee-Sarasota region.

$10.1 Million

In Investments

4,021

Individuals Served

1,239

New Jobs Created

6,990

Certificates/Degrees Earned

$20.7 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

Automotive Technician Program Off To a Great Start

CareerEdge and Gettel Automotive have joined together to offer a tuition-free automotive technician express class at Suncoast Technical College.  After completing the application process, 10 students have started the express class this week and will receive a starting wage of $12 an hour.  Once they have completed the course, the group will then receive a wage increase with their new industry certification.  To view pictures of their first day, click here.

What Does Tax Reform Mean for Low- and Moderate-Income Workers?

Executive Director of CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast Sarasota Area President, Mireya Eavey, recently sat on a panel for the Aspen Institute to discuss tax reform and the effects it has on low-income families.  The panel also included  Alex Brill of the American Enterprise Institute and Frank Clemente, executive director of American for Tax Fairness.  The discussion was also live streamed on C-SPAN 3, to view the video click here.

CareerEdge Impact Report 2010-2016

Since CareerEdge Funders Collaborative began seven years ago, data has been collected to showcase the impact the non-profit and its funders have had on the community.  The report captures the measurable outcomes that have resulted from investments made by CareerEdge and its partners towards workforce development in the region.  Click here to read the full report.

CareerEdge Presents Where are the Jobs? Guide

Where are the Jobs? is a guide developed by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative to assist our region’s students and young adults when deciding on a pathway to a career.  The guide features high-demand jobs, the average wages and the educational pathways needed to obtain each career.  The goal of the guide is to provide students, parents, mentors and guidance counselors with information on well-paying/high-quality careers.  With educational pathways ranging from technical certificates to advanced degrees, students can choose their own path to a good career! To view the full guide, click here.

2016 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $10.1 Million in Investments
 4,021 Individuals Served
 1,239 Jobs Created
 6,990 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $20.7 Million in New Wages and Raises

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and St. Petersburg College (SPC) have partnered to provide training to strengthen the region’s growing transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) workforce. The partnership, TDL Tampa Bay, is funded through a grant CareerEdge received from Jobs for the Future. CareerEdge has been awarded $220,000 to train 300 individuals over the next two years and provide them support and job placement services. The projects will connect underrepresented populations to the industry, with each site committing to serve at least 25 percent female participants.

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