CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and SunCoast Trucking Academy Partner to Increase Highly Skilled Drivers in the Region

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, in partnership with Suncoast Trucking Academy, is funding a core skills training program called Bridges to Careers as an added component to the Academy’s already sought-after Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training and certification program. This collaboration is part of CareerEdge’s expansion into the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution (TDL) sector, as well as into Charlotte County.

CareerEdge’s mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships. The objective in offering the Bridges to Careers training is to grow jobs in this high demand TDL industry, and to improve the credentials and skill set of its workforce.

Employers in the region now will have candidates with both outstanding driving expertise and the soft skills necessary to ensure positive customer relationships and work behaviors. This custom-tailored TDL Bridges to Careers program offers training in areas such as Professionalism, Communication, Customer Service, Time Management and Team Building. Combined with SunCoast Trucking’s already established and highly regarded program, employers will have top level driver candidates from which to choose.

“SunCoast Trucking Academy is ecstatic about partnering with CareerEdge. There is strength and success in collaborating with key people and organizations in Southwest Florida. We look forward to a growing relationship with CareerEdge in 2016,” said Steve C. Johnson, Executive Recruiter/Admissions Director SunCoast Trucking Academy Inc.

According to Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, the transportation industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy.

“Through collaborative engagements with educational institutions such as Suncoast Trucking Academy, as well as direct partnerships with TDL employer organizations, CareerEdge is helping to build the skills of the local workforce to meet this high demand. SunCoast’s premier driving program was a perfect match for our soft skills training,” Eavey said.

To learn how to enroll in SunCoast Tracking Academy’s CDL program, or how to find high quality driver candidates, contact Steve Johnson at: or 941-347-7445

To learn more about CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and its additional partnership opportunities, go to or contact Executive Director Mireya Eavey at: 


About CareerEdge
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, Chase, and United Way Suncoast . For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.363.7231.
About SunCoast Trucking Academy
SunCoast Trucking Academy is located at 28040 Airpark Drive and within the Charlotte County Airport commercial corridor and offers each student a comfortable and up-to-date facility in which to learn and integrate with fellow students. The school offers a 1500 sq. ft. classroom with individual seating and a work station for each individual. Flat screen TV’s overhead monitors and additional props are used to enhance the learning experience and are a permanent part of the classroom. A break room adjoins the classroom for each break sessions. Also adjoining the classroom is the 1700 sq. ft. administrative office which houses the school’s administrative personnel. A designated smoking is available just outside the classroom compete with seating and a shaded area. Our large Truck Driving Range consisting of several acres is used to train students in all operational maneuvers for large-scale trucking. Our equipment includes 4 Tractor-Trailer Rigs with all up to date Trucks and 53’ Trailers with 10 speed manual transmissions. (no automatics). We also have on campus, a third part State Test Site and State Certified Examiners to conduct all testing here on site.