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Expanding Economic Opportunity
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region


Building Strong Relationships
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region


Creating Employment Opportunities
in Florida's Gulf Coast Region


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


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$20.7 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

CareerEdge Manufacturing Collaborative Member Applauded for Apprenticeship Program

CareerEdge manufacturing collaborative member, Atlantic Mold and Machining Corps., shared the importance of apprenticeships and the need to grow industry-skilled talent.
The Atlantic Mold model was showcased in the Chief Learning Officer. This knowledge can be shared as a resource to senior executives focused on learning, organizational development and employee performance. CareerEdge was also highlighted for spearheading programs to bring workforce solutions to the manufacturing sector. Read the article here.

United Way Suncoast Hosts ALICE Conversation

ALICE- Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed- households live above the poverty line but below the ALICE threshold.  ALICE consists of hard working families in our community who live paycheck to paycheck, due to the high cost of living and unforeseen emergencies and expenditures that leave families one step away from poverty. In our region, 41% of hardworking families are ALICE households. To read more about the ALICE report and the May 18th community conversation in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, click here.  Click here to see an ABC 7 report on ALICE families. To view the full ALICE 2017 report, click here.

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.

CareerEdge Expands Soft Skills Partnership with Charlotte Technical College

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative will be joining forces for the second year with Charlotte Technical College (CTC) to expand its Bridges to Careers soft skills training program for students at the college.  With funding from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CareerEdge is assisting CTC in the development of employability curriculum to help low-income and under-employed individuals achieve an industry-recognized credential.  The program targets female students in particular. The grant is made possible by the Miriam P. Raines Charitable Fund, an endowment at Gulf Coast to help women in Charlotte County educate themselves to further their life skills.  To read the full press release, 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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