Bridges to Careers Training
CareerEdge, Pinellas County Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition (PERC) and Pinellas Technical College are partnering to help re-entering individuals earn Carpentry Certifications, OSHA and hands-on experience in construction trades. This program, called Second Chance Tiny Homes, allows students to work on building these small homes to acquire hours and experience throughout the class. The program also provides safety gear and tools that are necessary for the certification. Upon completion of the program, students receive placement assistance with local contractors, builders and other construction organizations. The mission of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain a career in the construction industry. To learn more about the program, click here.
CareerEdge Helps Middle Schoolers Visit College Campuses
CareerEdge and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County have partnered to coordinate local college campus visits for Sarasota County 7th graders. The tours are designed to help increase college attainment and to raise awareness for the many resources available to students to help them get to college. The visits include guided tours and activities which allow the students to get a taste for life in college and the academic importance of earning a post secondary education. Transportation funds are provided by a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee
New College of Florida
Ringling College of Art & Design
State College of Florida Venice
Suncoast Technical College North Port
Manatee Technical College in partnership with CareerEdge offered a Express Class in Plumbing and Electrician that was tuition free for 15 individuals in each program. Culminating the program was a job fair for the graduates, featuring 10 local employers from plumbing and electrical companies. Starting wages for these entry-level plumbing and electrical technician positions are approximately $15 per hour, with average wages between $40,000 and $50,000.
Automotive Technician Express Program
CareerEdge and Gettel Automotive have joined together to offer a tuition-free automotive technician express class at Suncoast Technical College. After completing the application process, 10 students have started the express class and will receive a starting wage of $12 an hour. Once they have completed the course, the group will then receive a wage increase with their new industry certification.
Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to a region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.