Entries by Mireya Eavey

Technical machinist training a new route to success

Four years out of Bayshore High School, 21-year-old Maria Garcia has a career that is very different from what most high-school graduates would even consider. She chose not to go to college. Instead, she attended Manatee Technical Institute for courses in drafting and then in precision machining. She now works as a specialty machinist within […]

Sarasota County pushes to train skilled manufacturing workers

SARASOTA COUNTY – Skilled jobs in manufacturing that could boost the middle class are making a comeback across the country, and this region is embarking on a plan to train people for them. The goal is to close the so-called “skills gap,” in which manufacturers cannot find enough workers who have the know-how to fill […]

CareerEdge Announces New Affordable Car Purchase Program for Low-Income Workers

MANATEE/SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2012) – CareerEdge of Florida Inc, in partnership with the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union and Enterprise Car Sales, announced the development of a new affordable car purchase program for low-income workers in Manatee County. The new Reliable Rides program enables low-income workers and families to buy affordable vehicles for work […]

Ready for work Careers program gives local job-seekers an edge

Ready for work – Careers program gives local job-seekers an edge By SCOTT LOCKWOOD, STAFF WRITER NORTH PORT — North Port resident Carlo Gambino has always dreamed of having a job in the video game industry. Now, thanks to the CareerEdge Bridges to Careers program that just wrapped up its first class in North Port, […]

Bridges to Careers Graduation in North Port

MANATEE/SARASOTA, FL (October 9, 2012) CareerEdge Funders Collaborative will graduate 14 local residents of North Port from their Bridges to Careers program this Friday, October 12th  at 11:00am “I learned so much about myself and how to handle situations differently or to even look at them from a different perspective because of Bridges to Careers.” […]

Matching Employer’s Needs with Workers Skills

LAKEWOOD RANCH – More than two-thirds of the region’s manufacturers say a major gap exists between the skills they need and those most area job applicants possess, according to a new study by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative. CareerEdge, a nonprofit agency that is working to bridge that skills gap, surveyed more than 100 manufacturers and held […]

West Central Florida facing a Skills Gap crisis

A report in the Bradenton Herald echoes the article in this month’s Plant Engineering magazine on the severity of the Skills Gap issue in manufacturing. Manufacturers in west central Florida are finding the lack of a skilled work force is driving potential manufacturing growth away and harming their ability to improve production. CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, […]

Region poised to create jobs, study concludes

The Sarasota-Manatee economy is better positioned to create jobs in the coming years than three-quarters of the 100 biggest U.S. metropolitan areas, a new study concludes. But the region’s recovery will essentially return Southwest Florida to an economy reliant on retirees, construction and tourism, the new Brookings Institution analysis predicts. It is a prognosis that, […]

CareerEdge gets OK for funding to help workers

CareerEdge gets OK for funding to help workers By SCOTT LOCKWOOD, North Port Sun SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners found a way this week to give an extra $100,000 to an area organization that specializes in training and growing the local workforce. In July 2010, CareerEdge, a nonprofit that works to get a skilled training […]

CareerEdge makes gains in workforce development – Knight Foundation

In 2009, with unemployment in the Manatee-Sarasota region climbing toward 13%, Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $1 million toward creating a privately funded workforce-development agency called CareerEdge. The idea was to see if a privately funded agency, unencumbered by state or federal bureaucracies, could have an impact on both the supply […]