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:
Foundation Skills Pic• Basic math and understanding of business concepts
• Reading tape measures, blueprints, etc.
• Use of tools
• Financial Literacy

 

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

Technical Skills, such as:
Technical Skills PC• CNC/Machining specialties in areas like brake press and wood
• 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.

Blake Medical Awarding Medical Scholarships

Blake Medical Center Auxiliary Inc., awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in the field of medicine. These scholarships are awarded once an academic year. The number and amount of awards is based on the yearly budget set by the Executive Board of the Auxiliary.

PLEASE NOTE: Students applying for our scholarship must be currently enrolled in or accepted in a post secondary medical or medically related program at an accredited school, college, or university. The LPN, EMT, and Paramedic programs at MTC are acceptable.


RESTRICTIONS

  • Applicants must be Manatee County Residents and U.S. citizens.
  • Course of study must be in a medical or medically related profession.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in, or accepted by, a medical or medically related program at an accredited school, college, or university.
  • Scholarships may not exceed 4 calendar years.

In order to be eligible for an Auxiliary Scholarship, the following must be submitted:

  • A completed scholarship application
  • A letter of acceptance from the school, college, or university in which you are currently enrolled or have been accepted.
  • A certified copy of cumulative transcript (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • A letter of request or need
  • Three (3) letters of reference (Professional- Academic- Personal) No Relatives
  • A recent photo

* All 1st time applicants, meeting the above requirements, will be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

* The Scholarship Committee is authorized to determine, in its absolute discretion, whether or not a scholarship recipient shall have the right to challenge or otherwise take issue with any determination made by the Scholarship committee in this regard.

Applications may be downloaded from our web site – www.blakemedicalcenter.com in PDF format. They are also available at Blake Medical Center’s information desk and the Volunteer Office on the 1st floor.

OR- DOWNLOAD HERE

Applications must be mailed to:
Blake Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc.
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 14611
Bradenton, Fl. 34280


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Feb. 12, 2016 DEADLINE for NEW APPLICANTS & THOSE REAPPLYING for 2015 – 2016 academic year
  • March, 2016 Interviews – NEW APPLICANTS ONLY
    Applicants will be notified as to Interview date, time and location via e-mail

*NOTE: IF YOU WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO BE INTERVIEWED ON THE ASSIGNED DATE, PLEASE CONTACT Cindy Wonnacott AT 941-713-0354 OR VIA E-MAIL –cwonn@hotmail.com

  • April, 2016 Notification of Scholarship Awards via e-mail.
  • July, 2016 Checks will be disbursed to the school, college, or university recipients will be attending. The amount awarded will be deposited in each student’s account.

Detach and keep this document for your information before submitting your application.


IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REAPPLY EVERY YEAR YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE BLAKE’S SCHOLARSHIP BY SENDING US A LETTER OF REQUEST AND A CUMULATIVE TRANSCRIPT BY THE SET DEADLINE, OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP

Please notify us if you make any changes in (school, college, university, address, phone #, field of study, etc.)

CareerEdge Invited to Present Study at Washington, D.C., Conference

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, a nationally-designated Funder for Workforce Solutions that started in the Bradenton area six years ago, will present its recent study at a conference next week in Washington, D.C.

Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge, has been invited to present the organization’s recent case study, “The Power of Partnership,” at the closing session of the Social Innovation Fund’s Annual Grantee Convening on Sept. 17 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington. The study highlights the organization’s model for community collaboration and how it has successfully impacted the Sarasota-Manatee region

The Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that empowers organizations to identify and support solutions that are making strides in bettering communities. It unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow community-based solutions that have evidence of improving the lives of people low-income communities.

CareerEdge was created in 2009 with the goal of preparing low-skilled workers in the Manatee-Sarasota counties region for higher paying jobs in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and technology industries. It was formed through City of Bradenton agencies, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and private sector partnerships.

“The City of Bradenton prides itself on being the most entrepreneurial government in Tampa Bay and the CareerEdge Collaborative fits our model of bringing private-public partnerships together to help build a stronger community,” Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston said. “Mireya Eavey has provided leadership to CareerEdge in building an innovative, creative and bold platform for success. We are very proud of Career Edge and its leadership.”

The session will be attended by CEOs and program leads from Social Innovation Fund intermediary funding partners,—a diverse blend of the nation’s leading grant makers and social innovation centers—representatives from non-profit implementation partners, colleagues from the White House and across the federal government and some of the nation’s preeminent scholars, practitioners and leading thinkers on the subject of investing in innovation, evidence and scale. The closing session also will be livestreamed.

Although CareerEdge has been nationally recognized by the National Fund and the other 35 collaboratives which represent the same model, this is the first time it has been recognized by the US government.

Eavey said the presentation will show how a community can achieve success through working together – using the Sarasota-Manatee region as an example.

“It is a great template that can work in other communities as well if employers, educators and community organizations are willing to buy in and play nice,” she said. “In the end, everyone will benefit with a strengthened workforce and stronger economy.”

Visit the Power of Partnership document for more information: http://careeredgefunders.org/the-power-of-partnerships/ or contact:

Mireya Eavey
Executive Director, CareerEdge
941-363-7231

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Original Source: City of Bradenton, FL 

Tim W. McCann
Public Information Officer
City of Bradenton
101 Old Main St.
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-932-9497 (w)