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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
Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Expanding Career Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region
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Innovative Strategies to
Workforce Solutions
Building a Strong
and Skilled Workforce

Get to know CareerEdge

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a national-award-winning workforce and business innovation initiative, is making waves by turning 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 is a cutting-edge initiative and is transforming 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.

$9.8 Million

In Investments


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$24.4 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

CareerEdge Introduces New Training Strategies

CareerEdge continues to establish creative ways to connect people to in-demand career-laddering jobs while assisting employers with their workforce needs.  With support from local technical colleges, CareerEdge helped to establish ‘express’ training programs for automotive, plumbing and electrical programs. To learn about these innovative workforce solutions read more here.

PGT Industries Celebrates New Achievement

CareerEdge funded employer partner, PGT Industries,  opened a $1.8 million early education center that will give employees and others access to affordable, state-of-the-art child care.  The new facility is one example of how CareerEdge employers are working to create quality jobs, provide resources for employees and offer an overall positive work environment.  Read more about the grand opening in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

CareerEdge and Sun Hydraulics Partner for a Paid Summer Internship

CareerEdge has funded an internship program at Sun Hydraulics that will expose high school graduates to high-tech manufacturing skills at a paid 3-month summer internship.  Besides receiving on-the-job experience, the interns will also discover educational opportunities.  Upon completing the internship, students may be eligible to continue full-time with the company and receive tuition reimbursement for certifications or degrees.  For more on the program, click here.

Automotive Technicians Graduate Express Program

CareerEdge engaged 6 local dealerships to hire entry-level individuals to take part in an Automotive Technician “Express” course at Suncoast Technical College.  All nine students successfully graduated from the program and will now begin working for their respective dealerships full-time for $12-$13 an hour.  The program was supported by Gulf Coast Community Foundation donor, Walt Eppard, to help establish the individuals in a growing industry with a stable career. See photos of the graduates, here.

CareerEdge Partners with Sarasota Chamber

CareerEdge is moving from the United Way Suncoast Sarasota office to the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in early Summer 2018. CareerEdge will work with the chamber to expand its education and workforce-support efforts and build a stable labor force for the region.  Read more about the transition, here.

2017 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $9.8 Million in Investments
 4,790 Individuals Served
 1,369 Jobs Created
 7,404 Certificates/Degrees Earned
 $24.4 Million in New Wages and Raises

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