USF Nursing Expands to Sarasota-Manatee Campus


With a growing need for skilled nurses in our region, University of South Florida has announced the addition of a nursing degree program at the Sarasota-Manatee campus of the college.  Students accepted into the program will participate in a pre-nursing curriculum for the first two years of their education. Then, graduates of that program will complete their baccalaureate nursing degree at either the Tampa or Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Students will also gain connections with local Sarasota-Manatee healthcare employers during their time at the University.


Read more about the announcement here.

CareerEdge Evaluation Reveals Record Workforce Investment

In 2017, CareerEdge reached several milestones for its investments in the training of incumbent workers and job seekers for our region. These findings can be seen in the 2017 CareerEdge Evaluator Report, which was completed by a third-party evaluator.  CareerEdge Funders Collaborative focuses on being a convener for industry leaders, employers and community partners, and staying a head of the curve of workforce development needs.

Read More About the Report:

SRQ Magazine

Press Release

Full Report

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 careers in the manufacturing industry and potential education 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


PGT Industries Celebrates New Achievement


CareerEdge funded employer partner, PGT Industries,  opened a $1.8 million early education center that will give employees and others access to affordable, state-of-the-art child care.  The new facility is one example of how CareerEdge employers are working to create quality jobs, provide resources for employees and offer an overall positive work environment.  Read more about the grand opening in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, here.

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.

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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