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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.

$8.1 Million

In Investments


Individuals Served


New Jobs Created


Certificates/Degrees Earned

$20.7 Million

New Wages & Raises

What’s New?

Governor Scott Visits Manatee Technical College

Governor Rick Scott visited Manatee Technical College to announce that the college will be awarded the first grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.  The funding will support the purchase of high-tech equipment needed to expand the workforce training program in Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology, which will help prepare more students for future career opportunities. Read more about the grant, here.

Tuition Free Plumbing Program Announced at Manatee Technical College

Manatee Technical College will be starting a new plumbing program in partnership with CareerEdge.  The class will be an “express” course and tuition and materials will be covered by CareerEdge and the college. More information on the program can be found, here.

Dealerships Partner to Develop a Skilled Workforce

CareerEdge and Suncoast Technical College will partner again on a tuition free automotive technician training program at the college.  Six local dealerships are participating in the program and will hire the students with no experience while they are enrolled in the class at $12 per hour for full or part-time trainee positions.  Upon completing the 11-week automotive training program at STC, the students will then be paid $13 per hour full-time with benefits. Learn more about the program, here.

FREE CNA Training With Guaranteed Employment

In partnership with Tidewell, CareerEdge is supporting a FREE CNA training through the American Red Cross.  The participants chosen for this opportunity will also gain full-time employment with Tidewell once they have successfully completed the course and passed the state examination.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who has been looking for a way to start a career in healthcare. Sign up for a information session and learn more about this great opportunity, here.

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

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