6 Local Dealerships Partner to Train Automotive Technicians


CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, in its ongoing mission to connect people to high demand, career-laddering occupations in the region, is partnering with six local automotive dealerships to offer a free short-term technician training program at Suncoast Technical College(STC).  Students will be selected for an “express” automotive technician course at the college and will gain employment with one of six local dealerships (Gettel Automotive, Sunset Auto Group, Peterson Toyota of Sarasota, Venice Honda, Venice Toyota and Wilde Automotive).

Discover More About the Program:

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Free CNA Training With Full-Time Employment

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Individuals looking to start a new career in healthcare have found the perfect opportunity with the Tidewell Hospice and CareerEdge training for Certified Nursing Assistants. The training is FREE and if the students’ complete the course successfully, they will also gain full-time employment with Tidewell.  Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in our region and employers are actively looking for skilled CNAs.  This opportunity is one that will open many doors for professional and personal growth.

Read More about the Class:

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Talent4Tomorrow College Preparation Grant


CareerEdge and Talent4Tomorrow were awarded a grant from the Florida Philanthropic Network for work in college access and success. The partnership, which includes CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, will use the funds to grow college preparedness, access, and achievement in Sarasota County. With the grant, families will receive more information on college financial services, high-demand jobs and the education needed to reach and attain a sustainable career. Read more about the partnership and the FPN grant in a recent article by Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

CareerEdge, MTC Completes Successful Pilot Program

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Given the high demand for skilled workers in our region, CareerEdge is partnering with local educational institutions to provide short-term programs in order to quickly move individuals into apprenticeship-based occupations in the trades.

CareerEdge partnered with Manatee Technical College on the Plumbing and Electrician programs by helping to recruit individuals, providing funding for the courses and offering a soft skills training for the students.  Graduates of the 3-month program received certifications in the following industry-recognized credentials: NCCER, CPR, Forklift and OSHA, and participated in a career fair on graduation day.

Read more about the program in the SRQ Magazine Freshly Squeezed, here.

Read the Business Buzz in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

Read the entire press release, here.



Rubio’s staff visiting PGT to explore skills gap and workforce policy


Senator Marco Rubio’s staff visited PGT industries October 4, 2017.  CareerEdge shared the importance of collaboration between employers and workforce development organizations in the closing of skills gaps and getting people jobs.  To learn more about the visit, read an article by the Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

The full press release for the visit can be viewed, here.



CareerEdge Announces First Express Class Graduation


CareerEdge has graduated its first Express Program, the Automotive Technician Program at Suncoast Technical College. The automotive industry is facing a shortage in skilled workers to fill vacant positions as mechanics.  CareerEdge has stepped in to fill the gap and help train new employees for local car dealership Gettel Automotive.

To read the full press release on the program, click here.

To read the 941CEO Newsletter article about the program, click here.

Sarasota Herald Tribune article, click here.

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

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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 College Savings Program

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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.

STC, CareerEdge Partner for Certification Program

CareerEdge and Suncoast Technical College are teaming up again for a tuition-free Plumbing Technician course.  The class will be 9 months long and will meet Monday -Friday 7:30am-2:15pm.  An information session will take place in August for all interested applicants.  See the flyer below for more information.

To see the story in SRQ magazine, click here.

Free Training (Plumbing) 2017-18 Flyer