Financial Inclusion Summit with Ideas 42

The Summit, hosted by Bank On, was the first event open to the public to increase awareness of un- and underbanked related issues and to initiate collective conversations and efforts to advance financial inclusion in our community. The keynote speaker Anthony Barrows, Managing Director at Ideas42 based in NYC, shared Ideas42’s findings on behavioral economics and the decision-making of individuals living in poverty and the scarcity mindset. To read more about the event in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, click here.

CareerEdge Debuts New Training Model with Employers

Nineteen individuals recently graduated from training programs developed by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative: 10 American Red Cross-trained Nurse Assistants and 9 Automotive Technicians from Suncoast Technical College. What makes these students different from those in traditional training programs is that each one was pre-screened and hired by an employer prior to starting their classes.

Read more about the program:

Sarasota Magazine

SRQ Magazine


Press Release

CareerEdge Partners with Sun Hydraulics for a Paid Internship Program

CareerEdge and Sun Hydraulics are partnering in an effort to expose high school graduates to the growing career field of manufacturing and new educational pathways.  With funding from CareerEdge, the two organizations have developed a paid 3-month internship program that could lead to full-time employment with tuition reimbursement opportunities.

Read more about the new program below:

Sarasota Herald Tribune

SRQ Magazine


CareerEdge Funders Collaborative will partner with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

 The change comes in response to continued growth, which requires a sharper focus on economic and talent development for the region.  As part of the transition, CareerEdge will move its operational functions by early summer from United Way Suncoast, its home for the past two years, to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. This operational transition provides closer alignment to employers, enabling CareerEdge to support the workforce needs of local companies.

Read More:

Business Observer

The Bridge – The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sarasota Magazine

SRQ Magazine (March 21, 2018)

SRQ Magazine (March 26, 2018)

Press Release


Governor Scott Awards Grant to MTC

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Governor Rick Scott visited Manatee Technical College to award the first grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.  The grant is for $201,500 in funding  from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). This funding will support the purchase of high-tech equipment needed to expand the workforce training programs in Advanced Manufacturing and Production Technology, which will help prepare more students for future career opportunities.

CareerEdge also supports the growth of the manufacturing industry in the Manatee and Sarasota region.  The addition of this grant will provide high-level training to students that will lead to long-term careers in this growing industry.  By giving our region the materials and resources to build a skilled workforce, the college will continue to place students in jobs.

Read More About the Grant:

The Observer

Bradenton Herald

Department of Economic Opportunity

Sarasota Herald Tribune


Governor Rick Scott


Regional Director for Senator Nelson Visits Healthcare Collaborative

In December 2017, Senator Nelson’s Regional Director, Alicia Tighe, visited the CareerEdge Healthcare Collaborative meeting to gather policy feedback from the participants.

One such concern is the need to expand Pell Grants for short-term training programs. In-demand positions such as CNAs, phlebotomists and other certifications are not Pell-eligible, yet these technical careers and middle-skill jobs are in high-demand.  The employers also shared how they invest in their workforce, through training grants with CareerEdge, education reimbursements, and up-skilling low-skilled workers through training within their organizations.

Along with the Senator’s support of Pell Grant expansion, Ms. Tighe shared information on projects the Senator is supporting to improve the economy and workforce.  These include the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the physician and nursing shortages, Telehealth for rural populations and the chronically ill, and tax credits for apprenticeships. Accessibility to education is also important to the Senator, which many in the collaborative agreed is a major barrier for entry.  The Senator also wants to work with the younger generation and would like to introduce career preparedness into schools through career counselors and mentors, which will help place more young people into jobs upon graduation. Healthcare members shared that when employers connect with young students they can expose them to training, funding and career opportunities before they graduate high school and have fewer resources.

Attendees shared the following healthcare workforce concerns:

  • The Board of Nursing is understaffed and is inefficient in processing license dismissal.
  • Exam screening of new graduates such as CNAs and RNs, takes a long time (6 weeks to 3 months) after they have completed their course.
  • There is a lack of capacity in nursing programs and students have difficulty getting into RN programs because of the shortage of instructors.
  • Tax incentives could be used to give Master Nurses in hospitals a reason to move to the education sector and teach future BSNs, versus putting the financial burden of raising the teaching salary onto the students.
  • Employers could step in financially to help the universities if there are not enough classes or teachers to produce the nurses they need.
  •  Apprenticeship models can be used in healthcare. For instance, there is a coding and billing apprenticeship program with St. Pete College and Tampa General and there is a $1,200 per person incentive from a DOL grant.

CareerEdge was pleased with the turnout from employers and their readiness to share with the Regional Director their workforce barriers and ideas.