Entries by Mireya Eavey

“We don’t give up on people”

New careers. Within reach. By Jennifer Elmore | September 8, 2020 Walter Higdon was stuck. Stuck in a job that provided no upward growth. Stuck working odd hours that took him away from his children. And stuck earning minimum wage with no benefits. He needed to provide more for his family. He wanted more for himself. But […]

CareerEdge Offers Tuition-Free HVAC Installation & Maintenance Fast-Track Training

Local heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies are partnering with CareerEdge and Suncoast Technical College (STC) to offer a free fast-track HVAC Installation and Maintenance program which will launch in September.  This training provides a gateway job for individuals to enter a career with upward mobility opportunities to earn higher wages with benefits. The tuition-free […]

CareerEdge Offers Tuition-Free HVAC Installation and Maintenance Fast-Track Training

Graduates are guaranteed jobs with the participating employers at an average starting wage of $15 per hour. Local heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies are partnering with CareerEdge and Suncoast Technical College (STC) to offer a free fast-track HVAC installation and maintenance program, which will launch in September. The training addresses the needs of […]

CareerEdge Brings Nearly $600,000 To Bolster Regional Workforce Development

This year, CareerEdge raised $592,280 from 12 different organizations including financial institutions, county government, private foundations – both local and national. With their support, CareerEdge will continue its efforts to improve the workforce climate in Sarasota and Manatee counties. CareerEdge helps workers advance into higher-skill/higher-wage careers, while providing employers with the workers they need to accelerate […]

COVID-19 presents challenges for Sarasota workers

From those who lost their job to essential personnel who must work in-person during a public health crisis, coronavirus is taking its toll on local laborers. Like many workers in Florida, and in the restaurant industry in particular, Walter Higdon found himself out of a job after new regulations and health guidelines related to COVID-19 […]

Barancik Foundation Awards CareerEdge Funding to Help Shape the Future of Our Workforce

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted our economy, but the momentum of workforce development programs in our region remains strong. Through partnerships with 100 local businesses, CareerEdge has funded 329 internships for students to apply their knowledge outside the classroom this year. Internship outcomes from recent annual evaluation include: 94% of employers reported the internship added value […]

Cutting-edge workforce group hits milestone

Through the recession of 2008-09, the most common method of addressing unemployment and underemployment issues in a community in Florida was through a hodgepodge network of workforce boards. Those entities looked at hiring and retention issues from the perspective of the employee, or potential employee. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but Mireya Eavey […]