Working within Our Community to Build a Better Tomorrow

CareerEdge is moving economic development forward in the Manatee-Sarasota region by working with a variety of organizations and individuals to provide local enterprises the skilled labor pool they need to prosper. We also provide local workers an opportunity to earn family-sustaining wages through advanced training and development via our partners. Our unique, multilevel approach results in a workforce system that offers greater resources, improves over time though application of best practices and adapts to changing needs.

Employer RFP’s

CareerEdge Funders is Currently Receiving Proposals in the Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Sectors.

CareerEdge is requesting proposals from Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics employers located in Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties who can make a compelling case that the CareerEdge Employer Partnership Model can help them accelerate promotions for incumbent workers, while speeding job creation and improving the company’s bottom-line.

CareerEdge is interested in funding training programs that accomplish two things: #1 help workers advance up the career ladder, earning promotions, pay raises and credentials that permanently improve their lifetime earning power, and #2 help employers accelerate revenue and job growth.

Here’s how to apply:

              • Contact Lauren Meyer at 941-328-6984 or to have an Employer Profile created so you can log into the Apricot application system.
              • Once logged in, click on “Application Overview” under GRANTS on the left side of the screen.
              • At the bottom of the page there will be an area labeled “Employer RFP”. Click on Open – Click Here to Apply and complete your employer profile along with a summary of your proposed training program. When finished, click “Save Report” at top right of the page.
              • Chose the option to “View Folder” and you will be provided with additional forms which need to be completed.
              • Once all sections are filled out, click the “Submit Application” button and CareerEdge will be notified that you have completed the process.

For questions, please reach out to Lauren Meyer, at 941-328-6984 or email at

Post-Secondary Education

Keiser University

Keiser University uses state of the industry instructional equipment which meets program standards and learning objectives. At the Sarasota campus of Keiser University, students benefit from the philosophy of combining hands-on practical collaborative learning to their academic experience. If you’re interested in obtaining a career-focused education in a growing field, such as Business, Criminal Justice or Nursing, learn more about Keiser University. Not all Sarasota colleges are created equal – at Keiser University, students come first!

Manatee Technical College

Today, with almost 50 programs, MTC offers training for careers in 15 of the 20 fastest growing industries in Manatee. The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, CareerSource Suncoast and many local companies count on MTC to help meet local workforce demands and attract new business and industry to the Bradenton area. The future is bright for MTC graduates.

Ringling College of Art & Design

Ringling College is a place for the world’s most talented emerging creatives. Here, we know that creative problem solvers and critical thinkers require a unique environment to reach their full potential, which is why we provide our students with an award-winning faculty, world-class facilities, and professional opportunities to learn and grow. We call it “The Ringling Effect.” For the last 85 years, Ringling College has strived to create globally aware and socially responsible leaders of art and design. Companies today are looking for original, creative solutions to make the world a better place and address the major challenges of our time. That’s why we instill the significance of creating work with value and meaning.

State College of Florida 

Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is the region’s first and largest public college, serving 27,000 college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, and via online classes. Another 14,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes. The College has graduated 44,000 students since 1959. SCF is a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.

Suncoast Technical College

The Suncoast Technical College provides quality technical education to meet workforce development and community needs. We believe each individual has varied abilities and talent, and it is Suncoast Technical College’s goal to help each reach his/her highest potential. It is the responsibility of the staff to assist in the identification of these abilities and talents, to offer learning experiences to help guide the student toward gainful entry level employment and personal satisfaction, to develop the student’s employability skills and work ethic, to enhance existing employment skills, and to establish learning situations in which the student can experience success in all phases of the learning process.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), also known as USF Sarasota-Manatee, is a separately accredited, four-year institution in the University of South Florida System, which comprises USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg (USFSP). Located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, USA, USFSM is situated a half-mile north of University Parkway in Manatee County. Just steps from beautiful Sarasota Bay, USFSM’s scenic campus is near the historic Crosley Mansion, the Ringling and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). USFSM offers over forty bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs in the colleges of: Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, Science & Mathematics, and Business. Day, evening, weekend and online classes are available.

Community Videos

Bridges to Careers and Charlotte Technical College Partnership:

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

Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge and Sarasota Area President of United Way Suncoast, was a part of a panel for the Aspen Institute.  The group discussed tax reform and the impact it has on low-income workers.  CareerEdge works to help up skill low wage workers to high-demand/career-laddering positions. Tax reform plays a large role in the lives of the people CareerEdge hopes to impact.  Take a look at the entire panel discussion below.

Customer Success & Employee Prosperity: Optimax Systems

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to a major player in the optics manufacturing sector. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation’s Good Work Blog: