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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
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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.

$8.1 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?

CareerEdge Graduates First Express Course

In October, ten new automotive technicians graduated from Suncoast Technical College’s Automotive Technician express program.  The program was started by CareerEdge in partnership with Gettel Automotive to help the students have paid work experience during the training and then enter into a full time position with the company upon graduation. To read more about the success of the program,  visit the Sarasota Herald Tribune here.

CareerEdge Helps Poverty Rate in St. Petersburg Reach All Time Low

This year, the U.S. Census registered a rapid decline in African Americans in poverty, pacing well ahead of non-blacks in the city, and blacks elsewhere in Florida. CareerEdge has stepped in to assist with raising individuals out of poverty as a partner in the St. Petersburg 2020 Plan.  The group launched in 2014 with 100 partners supporting the goal to reduce poverty by 30% by 2020 in South St. Petersburg where 74% of the poor are black.  Read more on the recent census updates, here.

Career Quest Participant Spotlight

United Way Suncoast and CareerEdge have partnered to create a college savings/ work experience program for low income high school students in Sarasota County.  Employers who hire a paid intern can receive up to $1000 in reimbursement and the students get a valuable career experience.  Students also are involved in a college saving program which gives them financial awareness and the ability to start saving for college. Read more about Career Quest in the United Way Suncoast newsletter, here.  View the Boys & Girls Club article in their newsletter, 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.

2016 Evaluator Report on Outcomes and Impacts

 $8.1 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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