Booker Middle School Graduates 11 More Students From Certified Nursing Assistant Program

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Released: May 10, 2017

Sarasota, FL – On Monday, May 15th, newly pinned nursing assistants will cross the graduation stage and will be one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of becoming Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). The class of 11 will be the second cohort to graduate from the United Way Suncoast Booker Middle School Resource Center’s CNA program.
The program was implemented to assist families in becoming financially stable and self sufficient, create access to career-laddering opportunities and begin a new chapter in their lives. Upon this graduation, 23 individuals will have successfully completed the rigorous seven week program that is facilitated by the American Red Cross.
“These students are receiving more than just CNA training. The graduates will walk away with the confidence and the soft skills they need to enter a nursing assistant position and build a stable foundation for their future,” stated Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge and Sarasota Area President for United Way Suncoast.
The CNA training is funded via a partnership between CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a workforce development non-profit, and United Way Suncoast. The innovative funding pays for tuition and the state license exam that students must take upon conclusion of the program. CareerEdge also provided the Bridges to Careers soft skills training, with modules including communication, team work, interviewing and professionalism in the workplace. United Way Suncoast provides additional services at the Booker Middle School Resource Center, such as: financial coaching, legal advice workshops and mentorship programs.
“Booker Middle is pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership. Opportunities such as this play an important role in the lives of our students and parents. We are fortunate to have organizations like CareerEdge and United Way Suncoast participate and bring insight and enthusiasm to this initiative,” states Dr. LaShawn Frost, Principal of Booker Middle School.

The CNA program has given new hope to one student in particular, Shimara Gary. Before joining the class, she was a dietary aid and was searching for her next career path. When she learned of the tuition free CNA program at the Resource Center, she realized that this might be what she needed to move forward in her medical career. This was the perfect opportunity for her to better her life and show her children that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. “The program has been beneficial to my family and me in that it provided the opportunity to better my life. I am excited to use this experience as a stepping stone toward my goal of becoming a registered nurse.”
Also being offered on graduation day, CareerEdge has organized a job fair with local healthcare employers to connect the students with potential CNA job opportunities. Program graduates will have the opportunity to be hired at hospitals, home health agencies and at skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The high demand for CNA’s in the Sarasota area offers great promise to these graduates with the potential to earn approximately $10 to $15 per hour.
The graduation and CNA job fair will be held on May 15, 2017 at the Booker Middle School Cafeteria, 2250 Myrtle Street Sarasota FL. 34234. The job fair will begin at 4:00 pm, with the graduation ceremony following from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Family and friends of the graduates, as well as community members, are welcome to attend. If local healthcare employers are interested in attending the job fair, please call (941)328-6983. Join us in congratulating these new CNA’s in our community.

About CareerEdge
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985.
About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners connect people, create change, and impact lives in DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by developing, enhancing and implementing services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as provide support services to those who need it most. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org. For more information, please call 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.

Speed Networking Event to expose teens to local vocational career opportunities

Sarasota, FL (April 20, 2017) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County invites all high school students, their families and community partners to an exciting, fast-paced networking event designed to help grow their knowledge of available careers in our region’s skilled trade industry. The event will take place on Thursday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center, located next to the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.

In partnership with CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, this event will give attendees the opportunity to speak with local vocational employers and skilled trade workers and make invaluable connections with leaders in the Sarasota community. Guests will also receive a copy of the “Where are the Jobs?” career guide that was developed by CareerEdge to provide students, parents, guidance counselors or mentors with information about high-demand jobs in our region and the educational pathways for obtaining those jobs. The guide also provides students with quality career options while helping local employers increase their pipeline of skilled workers in order to foster growth and prosperity in our region.
“With the partnership between CareerEdge and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, we will help introduce the many career opportunities and growing industries that are available to students in our region. We want to inspire and give these students the confidence that they can attain a great career when they grow up,” said Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge.
Fourteen trade industries will be represented at this event by a partner agency ranging from automotive and construction to manufacturing and plumbing. Partner agencies include Sunset Automotive Group, Echt-Architects, LLC, Manasota Flooring, Gilbane, Lee Wetherington Homes, Capital Grille, Sarasota Yacht Club, Badger Bobs, Marnie Sorensen Interiors, Rewired Solutions, PGT, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Plumbing Today and Energy Today.
“We’re excited to host this event with CareerEdge and show our guests, especially our teens, that there are high-demand, well-paying jobs in our community that employers are looking to fill with qualified candidates,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Our participating partner agencies will provide a unique perspective and share not only what they love about their jobs, but also the steps they took to successfully secure competitive community employment in their specific field.”
At the end of the event, guests will have the opportunity to sign up to receive more information about a particular field and will be invited to participate in vocational programming in their field of interest later this year at the Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center.
Individuals interested in attending this event must register with Suriya Khong, Director of Teen Outreach, by emailing skhong@bgcsarasota.com or 941-217-5295. For more information about this event, visit www.bgcsarasota.com or call 941-366-3911.
ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County have played an integral role in the Sarasota County community for more than 47 years, providing daily programs and services to thousands of young people. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
ABOUT CAREEREDGE FUNDERS COLLABORATIVE:
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985
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CareerEdge To Host Internship Roundtable for Employers

Released: March 24, 2017

Sarasota Fl.: CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a local workforce development non-profit, will host an informational internship roundtable for local employers and educators on Tuesday, April 11th from 8:00AM-9:30AM at its United Way Suncoast office at 1800 2nd St. Suite 102, Sarasota Fl. 34236.

Employers will have an opportunity to learn about CareerEdge’s Internship Reimbursement Program, made possible through a grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, which provides employers with up to $1,500 per intern if they are paid a minimum of $10/hour. The program, which targets high growth sectors such as Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, Financial Services, Transportation, and the Construction Trades, incents employers to provide experiential learning to students in order to help develop local talent and support their workforce needs.

Participants will learn how to implement an intern program within their organizations through peer sharing by an employer panel made up of FCCI, Sun Hydraulics and SouthTech who will share internship process and structure suggestions, as well as lessons learned in their programs. Local college representative also will be present to provide information on how to connect with potential interns.

To learn more or register for the Roundtable, please contact Lauren Meyer at 941-328-6984 or LMeyer@uwsuncoast.org.
About CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast . For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985

2016 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study

2016 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study

CareerEdge recently commissioned Kempton Research to conduct an updated 2016 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study. This qualitative analysis represents a follow up to a 2012 study, which led to the development of the Precision Machining program at Suncoast Technical College, the manufacturing Community-Wide Plan and other programs which have raised awareness about the manufacturing sector in the Sarasota/Manatee region.

Researcher Stephanie Kempton, who conducted in-depth interviews with 20 local employers, updated the reports results in order to capture current workforce needs of this industry. Key findings of the study include the following skills gaps identified by local manufacturing organizations:

Foundational Skills, such as:
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• Reading tape measures, blueprints, etc.
• Use of tools
• Financial Literacy

 

Soft Skills, such as:
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• Time Management
• Resume Writing
• Interviewing
• Work Ethic

Technical Skills, such as:
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• Fabricating (solid, metal, wood)
• Welding – especially aluminum
• Industrial Maintenance

 

Employers offered suggestions on how to close these skills gaps, and a team of community partners will be assembled to develop a plan of action for addressing these recommendations.

CareerEdge Partners with STC to Offer Tuition-Free Plumbing Program

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                              Media Contact:

 August 1, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                    Mireya Eavey
President Sarasota Area, United Way Suncoast
MEavey@uwsuncoast.org
941-809-7430

 

CareerEdge Partners with STC to Offer

 Tuition-Free Plumbing Program

 

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (August 1, 2016)

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a private workforce development non-profit, has partnered with Suncoast Technical College (STC) to offer a tuition-free Plumbing Technology certification program beginning this fall.

The 8-month class begins September 8th and will be held Monday through Friday, 7:45AM – 2:15PM, with both classroom and on-the-job training.   Graduates of the plumbing program are highly sought after by local employers given the shortage of workers in this trade.

Through a mass mailing campaign, the college is targeting high school graduates from the last six years who have not entered a traditional college program.

Our goal is to increase the number of 18-25 year-olds receiving an industry-recognized college credential in high demand occupations within our region in order to meet employer workforce needs and close skills gaps,” explains CareerEdge Executive Director Mireya Eavey.

While the focus is on young adults, the program is open to students of any age.  Once they complete the program, graduates will be able to enter apprenticeships with local employers leading to plumbing jobs with average wages of $54,000 a year, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Jaime DiDomenico at Cool Today, Plumbing Today and Energy Today reports that the construction sector in Sarasota-Manatee added 1,000 jobs in May over last year and demand is growing.

“The specialty trades, such as plumbing, will experience the biggest shortfalls due to specialized training needs and required schooling.  While the needs are keen in the construction side of the business, the service side will steadily grow double digit percentage increases due to more homeowner occupancy,” DiDomenico explained.

CareerEdge will also fund internships for these plumbing students through its Internship Reimbursement Program, whereby employers receive up to $1,500 for hiring an intern.  The program provides financial incentives for local employers to utilize interns in high demand industries in order to meet their workforce needs.

“Our programs facilitate job creation and growth for local organizations, while moving individuals into family sustaining wage,” says Eavey.

Suncoast Technical College is hosting a Job Fair on August 8th from 5:00 -7:00PM in the main atrium of its Sarasota campus at: 4748 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233.  Employers and college representatives will be available to speak with prospective students about the Plumbing Technology training program and other construction trade offerings at the school.

Prospective students and employers interested in participating in the Job Fair should contact Chuck Drake at Suncoast Technical College: (941) 924-1365  X62429.

“CareerEdge continues to be a major force in creating successful workforce development strategies for our region.  This “Pathway to Apprenticeship” partnership will help Suncoast Technical College to continue to communicate and market its highly valued certification programs,” says Suncoast Technical College Director Dr. Todd Bowden.

About CareerEdge

CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.  The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency.  It is also supported by contributions from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, Scheidel Foundation and United Way Suncoast .  For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.328.6985

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and SunCoast Trucking Academy Partner to Increase Highly Skilled Drivers in the Region

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, in partnership with Suncoast Trucking Academy, is funding a core skills training program called Bridges to Careers as an added component to the Academy’s already sought-after Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training and certification program. This collaboration is part of CareerEdge’s expansion into the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution (TDL) sector, as well as into Charlotte County.

CareerEdge’s mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships. The objective in offering the Bridges to Careers training is to grow jobs in this high demand TDL industry, and to improve the credentials and skill set of its workforce.

Employers in the region now will have candidates with both outstanding driving expertise and the soft skills necessary to ensure positive customer relationships and work behaviors. This custom-tailored TDL Bridges to Careers program offers training in areas such as Professionalism, Communication, Customer Service, Time Management and Team Building. Combined with SunCoast Trucking’s already established and highly regarded program, employers will have top level driver candidates from which to choose.

“SunCoast Trucking Academy is ecstatic about partnering with CareerEdge. There is strength and success in collaborating with key people and organizations in Southwest Florida. We look forward to a growing relationship with CareerEdge in 2016,” said Steve C. Johnson, Executive Recruiter/Admissions Director SunCoast Trucking Academy Inc.

According to Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, the transportation industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy.

“Through collaborative engagements with educational institutions such as Suncoast Trucking Academy, as well as direct partnerships with TDL employer organizations, CareerEdge is helping to build the skills of the local workforce to meet this high demand. SunCoast’s premier driving program was a perfect match for our soft skills training,” Eavey said.

To learn how to enroll in SunCoast Tracking Academy’s CDL program, or how to find high quality driver candidates, contact Steve Johnson at:

steve@suncoasttrucking.com or 941-347-7445

To learn more about CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and its additional partnership opportunities, go to www.careeredgefunders.org or contact Executive Director Mireya Eavey at:

mireya@careeredgefunders.org 


 

About CareerEdge
CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, Chase, and United Way Suncoast . For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit www.careeredgefunders.org or call 941.363.7231.
About SunCoast Trucking Academy
SunCoast Trucking Academy is located at 28040 Airpark Drive and within the Charlotte County Airport commercial corridor and offers each student a comfortable and up-to-date facility in which to learn and integrate with fellow students. The school offers a 1500 sq. ft. classroom with individual seating and a work station for each individual. Flat screen TV’s overhead monitors and additional props are used to enhance the learning experience and are a permanent part of the classroom. A break room adjoins the classroom for each break sessions. Also adjoining the classroom is the 1700 sq. ft. administrative office which houses the school’s administrative personnel. A designated smoking is available just outside the classroom compete with seating and a shaded area. Our large Truck Driving Range consisting of several acres is used to train students in all operational maneuvers for large-scale trucking. Our equipment includes 4 Tractor-Trailer Rigs with all up to date Trucks and 53’ Trailers with 10 speed manual transmissions. (no automatics). We also have on campus, a third part State Test Site and State Certified Examiners to conduct all testing here on site.