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.

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What Does Tax Reform Mean for Low- and Moderate-Income Workers?

Executive Director of CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast Sarasota Area President, Mireya Eavey, recently sat on a panel for the Aspen Institute to discuss tax reform and the effects it has on low-income families.  The panel also included Alex Brill of the American Enterprise Institute and Frank Clemente, Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness.  The discussion was also live streamed on C-SPAN 3, to view the video click here.

CareerEdge and Manatee Technical College Express Courses

Tuition-free plumbing and electrical express courses, funded by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, will be offered at Manatee Technical College.  Orientation for all interested individuals will be held on June 15th at 6pm at Manatee Technical College, 6305 State Rd. 70 East, Bradenton Fl 34203. Upon completing both courses, students will become certified in multiple industry recognized credentials.  Call Martha Meyers, 941-751-7900 x 1022, for more information.

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CareerEdge Spearheading Short-Term Certification Programs SRQ Magazine

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SRQ Magazine shared information on the CareerEdge funded plumbing and electrician express courses at Manatee Technical College.  Over 100 individuals showed up for the information session in hopes of joining the classes.  Plumbing and electricians are both in high-demand, with employers actively searching for qualified workers.  To read more about the express courses, click here.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune also recently reported that the development of skilled labor has proven difficult for many employers.  Local Bradenton manufacturer, Veethree Instruments, has been in hiring mode but they are unable to find the qualified individuals to fill the many spots.  The President/CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Council, Sharon Hillstrom, says that the key to changing this cycle is listening to employers.  To read the entire article, click here.