CareerEdge Funders Collaborative moves its operation to United Way Suncoast


Mireya Eavey to lead United Way Suncoast as Sarasota Area President

United Way Suncoast CEO Suzanne McCormick announced today that Mireya Eavey has joined United Way Suncoast as Sarasota Area President. Eavey replaces past president Katie Knight, who left the organization in June 2015.

Effective December 2015, Eavey will provide strategic and operational direction for all Sarasota and DeSoto area United Way community programs. First-year priorities are to:

  • Advance the progress of the new United Way/Booker Middle School partnership, which offers multi-generation support to increase student success and family financial stability.
  • Further develop the United Way SAIL (Summer Arts Integrated Learning) program launched in 2014, which provides enriched summer care and specialized tutoring for children in need in order to combat summer learning loss.
  • Continue to manage the direction of CareerEdge Funders Collaborative programs, as well as lead the expansion into Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Charlotte counties.
    In her previous role as Executive Director of CareerEdge, Eavey led the organization’s mission of providing an exceptional labor force to the region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

“Mireya is an exceptional leader in our community,” said Suzanne McCormick, CEO and President of United Way Suncoast. “Her track record of building innovative partnerships and programs in workforce development made her a standout candidate. Mireya’s vision and her innate desire to seek partnerships that deliver the best outcomes for our community, county, and region drew us together from the beginning of the process.”

Eavey shared, “I am very excited to join United Way Suncoast and have the opportunity to help all members of our community reach their full potential. I am also pleased with the unique opportunity my new role provides for CareerEdge and the United Way – a partnership that secures a permanent operational home for CareerEdge and an expanded geographic service area.”

The CareerEdge Funders Collaborative investor board will remain at the helm of the collaborative and has approved transitioning operational leadership from State College of Florida to the United Way Suncoast. Gulf Coast Community Foundation will remain the fiscal lead under the direction of CEO Mark Pritchett

“CareerEdge will continue to provide its award-winning workforce training services in the Sarasota region while expanding into Hillsborough and Pinellas counties,” said Pritchett. “The alliance with the United Way will make this expansion easier and more effective for employers in the new service area.”

Prior to her work with CareerEdge, Eavey was the Workforce and Project Manager for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Sarasota County and Board Records Manager for the Clerk of Circuit Court in Sarasota. She holds an MBA from Argosy University with a concentration in Sustainable Systems, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of South Florida with an International Business Certificate. Additionally, Eavey has a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Florida in St. Petersburg, and she completed the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute program.

Eavey currently serves on the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union and Florida Policy Institute boards. She has served on the Suncoast Workforce Career Center Advisory Council , Florida High Tech Corridor Workforce Development Committee, Workforce Innovation and Talent Development Council for The Greater Sarasota Chamber, Bi-County Healthcare Committee, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Sarasota EDC Business Climate Committee, Tampa Bay Regional Workforce Group, United Way Financial Stability Leadership Council, CareerSTAT Committee, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Transition Advisory Committee.

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 is changing the community’s story by helping to break the cycle of generational poverty 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. For more information, please call 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit To stay up to date with all activities, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and join the conversation to #LiveUnited!

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, Pinellas, Hillsborough, 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, JP Morgan Chase, United Way Suncoast, Jobs for the Future and Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.363.7231.


Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Support the JOBS Act of 2015

Urge your senators and representatives to support the JOBS Act of 2015

At this very moment, members of Business Leaders United (BLU) together with leaders from community colleges from across the country are making their way to Capitol Hill to talk to members of Congress about how they can make Pell Grants more job-driven. Will you help reinforce their message by telling your senators and representatives to co-sponsor the JOBS Act?


The Jumpstart our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act of 2015 would authorize Pell Grants for job training programs at community colleges and other institutions of higher education and would ensure that qualifying programs are aligned with the needs of local employers and lead to a recognized postsecondary credential. The bill would also encourage eligible institutions to connect short-term credential programs to career pathways and provide basic skills instruction to support student success.

The JOBS Act is an important step towards expanding access to postsecondary skills and credentials for America’s workers. Please send a letter to your senators and representative urging them to sign on as co-sponsors of this critical legislation.


The bill has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), and in the House of Representatives by Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA).


  • Improving access to improvement – an op/ed by BLU employer Scott Christman in support of the JOBS Act – CLICK HERE
  • The JOBS Act: press release from Senator Tim Kaine – CLICK HERE
  • The Senate Bill – CLICK HERE
  • The House Bill – CLICK HERE
  • Fact Sheet: Congress should make Pell Grants job driven – CLICK HERE
  • Making Pell work: How America’s $30 billion investment in need-based college aid can be more job driven – CLICK HERE

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Sun Hydraulics Robotics Challenge

SAMA has a long history of supporting workforce education. Initiatives encompass a wide range of activities; all intended to help create a viable workforce for manufacturing.

One of the many ways we do this is to provide mentoring, promotional, technical, and financial support to projects such as the Jungle Robotics Team.

This year the team will design a robot to meet specific functional requirements from scratch – with virtually no instructions! These students have successfully represented our community in national robotics competitions. They deserve your support.

Sun Hydraulics has issued a fund raising challenge

  • Every dollar donated to Jungle Robotics thru SAMA will be matched by Sun!
  • Your contribution will have twice the impact. Every dollar you contribute will immediately be doubled!

Here’show it works:

  • Issue your check to SAMA
  • Indicate “Sun Robotics Challenge” on the notation line
  • SAMA is a duly registered 501-C6 not for profit


Mail to
PO BOX 22228
Sarasota, Fl 34276

If your prefer to donate using credit card of electronic transfer contact SAMA Executive Director, Peter D. Straw at:
941.302.2685 or

Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers Association greatly appreciates your support in helping build a workforce for the future!

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.


  • 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 – in PDF format. They are also available at Blake Medical Center’s information desk and the Volunteer Office on the 1st floor.


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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

Mark Pritchett Named GCCF President and CEO

Mark Pritchett


The Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation has named Mark Pritchett as Gulf Coast’s new president and CEO. Pritchett, who was the foundation’s senior vice president for community investment, begins his new role immediately.

“After a comprehensive, nationwide search, the Board identified Mark Pritchett as the best leader to advance Gulf Coast’s mission of transforming our region, together with our donors, through bold and proactive philanthropy,” said Ben Hanan, Board Chair of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Pritchett succeeds former president and CEO Teri A Hansen, who resigned in June after 13 years at Gulf Coast to become CEO of a private family foundation. Pritchett served on the four-person management team that has been overseeing Gulf Coast’s day-to-day work since July.

In his previous role leading the foundation’s community investment work, Pritchett was responsible for creating and implementing Gulf Coast’s strategies for grant making and initiatives. He successfully developed community coalitions to address priorities such as diversifying the regional economy, ensuring a competitive workforce, and improving systems for providing social services.

Pritchett also focused on leveraging Gulf Coast’s funding with other philanthropic resources and partnering with the Gulf Coast Board and staff to create innovative ways to connect donors with community needs. For example, while Gulf Coast originally committed $2.5 million to its five-year STEMsmart science and math education initiative, the cumulative investment in area schools through this initiative topped $11 million this year, including contributions from donors, business partners, and local school districts. Similarly, Pritchett has helped to attract millions of dollars to the national-award-winning CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, which has transformed workforce development in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Prior to selecting Pritchett, Gulf Coast’s Board conducted a five-month national candidate search facilitated by executive-search consulting firm Spencer Stuart. A search committee of Board members that was headed by Gulf Coast Vice Chair Phil Humann led the search process.

“We had a responsibility to our community and to those whose philanthropic resources we steward to look nationwide for Gulf Coast’s next leader,” said Humann. “After a thorough search, Mark proved to be that leader. He knows this region well, and he is already leading the way in redefining the role philanthropy can play in transforming it.”

Pritchett joined the Gulf Coast staff in 2008 as vice president for community investment. He was named senior vice president in 2011. His previous experience includes 13 years as executive vice president of a statewide public policy research and consulting nonprofit, and vice president positions with Enterprise Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“At the time Mark joined our staff, Gulf Coast had invested just over $75 million in grants and community initiatives since our inception,” noted Board Chair Hanan. “This year, we surpassed $200 million in cumulative funding. Clearly, Mark has played a vital role in guiding how Gulf Coast employs the resources entrusted to us to improve lives in our region.”

Pritchett graduated with distinction from the University of Kentucky, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received his PhD from Florida State University, where his research focused on strategic planning best practices in higher education. He has lived in Venice since 2008.

About Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Together with our donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, we have become the philanthropic home of more than 600 families who have established charitable funds here, and we have invested over $200 million in grants in the areas of health and human services, civic and economic development, education, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at

Contact Information:
Greg Luberecki
Director of Marketing and Communications
Tel 941.486.4608 | Cell 301.466.9594

JPMorgan Chase Releases Statewide Study on Homelessness in Florida

Dear Friends,

A year ago our firm partnered with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to lead the development of a comprehensive report that would serve as a roadmap to end homelessness across our state.

I am pleased to inform you that the report “The Path Forward: Rethinking Solutions for Homelessness in Florida” written by renowned homelessness expert, Barbara Poppe was released today during a press conference in Orlando with Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Teresa Jacobs in attendance.

The report results are based on research and input from community dialogues conducted in Tampa Bay, Central Florida, Jacksonville and Miami.  As you will see, the primary recommendation from this report is to support Housing First models.  The following six key shifts and actions are also outlined in the report:

  1. Build the capacity for improved state and local response
  2. Accelerate Rental Housing Production and Access to Affordable Rental Homes for ELI (extremely low income) households
  3. Finish Ending Veteran Homelessness
  4. Fast-track Adoption and Implementation of Rapid Re-Housing
  5. Scale Production of Permanent Supportive Housing

To help drive this strategy forward, JPMorgan Chase announced a new grant today for $600,000 to Ability Housing to support the development of new permanent supportive housing units in Orlando and Jacksonville.  ($500,000 in Orlando and $100,000 in Jacksonville).

Through public private partnerships such as this, we can help reduce homelessness in our local community and across the state.  This partnership with Ability Housing is the first step in the journey.  Our Corporate Responsibility team will be working diligently to develop long-term plans to respond to the findings and recommendations identified in the report.

Please feel free to reach out to me should you like to discuss the report findings in greater detail.


Best regards,

Ann Reinert

Ann Reinert | Vice President| Corporate Responsibility

Global Philanthropy | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

450 S. Orange Ave., Floor 10 Orlando, FL 32801

407.236.7034 |

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Barancik Funds CareerEdge Training Program

CareerEdge Funders announced a new $250,000 effort to fund training for targeted career fields. The Barancik Foundation provided a grant to fund the program, the first major move from the foundation under new President and CEO Teri A. Hansen.

“CareerEdge’s innovative approach to workforce development will fuel the mending economy and lead to greater economic growth and expansion,” said Hansen, who previously led the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for 13 years. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation right now is conducting a national search for a new CEO. Hansen announced in March she would take on the new role at Barancik so she would have the opportunity to grow a new philanthropic force in the region from the ground level. “The opportunity to work for the Barancik Foundation to help create their legacy during their lifetime is something special,” she told SRQ at the time. CareerEdge announced the partnership with Barancik on Hansen’s first day on the job.

Mireya Eavey, CareerEdge executive director, characterized the new relationship as capable of realigning the local workforce’s skill level with the needs of regional employers. The money specifically will fund training and paid internships for health care, manufacturing, information technology, transportation and logistics workers, all industries targeted by CareerEdge based on research on needed training within the local job market. “We want to improve the quality of living for the working poor, so that they are able to sustain a family lifestyle without having to work two jobs with minimal pay,” said Eavey.

Article Written by Jacob Ogles of SRQ Media – Please CLICK HERE for the original article

CNC Machining in Our Region – Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

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If you’re a company or worker in the manufacturing sector than you’ve noticed the difference CareerEdge Funders is making in the industry. A 2012 Skills Gap Study commissioned by CareerEdge Funders revealed regional employers have major concerns regarding the lack of talented workers available, the quality of training produced by our educators and the lack of soft skills found in the current workforce. CareerEdge Funders sought to address these issues and brought key stakeholders to the table to do just that.

Mireya Eavey, Executive Director of CareerEdge Funders spearheaded a collaborated effort with Sarasota County Commission, Sarasota Technical College (STC)Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and regional employers to update equipment in the schools, update curriculum being used in the classroom and connect students to current opportunities the industry offered. To close the gaps this study uncovered a new CNC Machining program at STC was developed and launched in 2013.

The CNC program graduated its first class of 15 students with a 100% job placement. On June 25th STC will graduate its sophomore class, a class of 15. Half of the class graduates are already putting their education to practice working in manufacturing careers. STC can’t get students enrolled fast enough and companies have positions vacant and ready to fill with graduates- a refreshing change of pace following the hard hits of the economy the last several years. This year, STC launched an evening class to accommodate the demand for students seeking to obtain additional credentials while working full time positions; the current cohort of 6 will graduate this fall.

The success of this program didn’t happen overnight. It took a community-wide effort to bring the CNC program to life. Sarasota County Commission made a $313,000 investment so STC could purchase updated equipment. Regional companies invested time to develop content and curriculum that would be used in the classroom so it would be relevant in the workplace. CareerEdge Funders paved the way for this program to launch and helped unemployed, disadvantaged members of our community enter and complete the program successfully.

The movements of this community-wide approach created a ripple affect still being felt around the region. Companies who are industry competitors now sit around the table to discuss skills training, necessary industry credentials and how they can collaborate to minimize skill gaps. Educators and employers are now communicating; discussing career paths available, what training and credentials are necessary to keep employees in our community and how to help workers advance in their fields as technology continues to evolve and advance. Our community has shown get strides in joining forces to leverage resources, keep our workers competitive and diminish skill gaps and unemployment.

The impact these efforts made extend beyond the manufacturing community; the lives of those who participated in the program and the companies which grew their workforce as a result. The collaboration of government, educators, community organizations and companies coming together to implement a solution is a blueprint for how we as a region will address other workforce issues. CareerEdge Funders will continue to diminish skill gaps, help companies grow, assist in the economic development of our region and create better opportunities for the citizens in our community.

To help celebrate the success of this program and these efforts join us for the STC CNC Program Graduation, June 25th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Sarasota Technical College Conference Centered located at: 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota FL

For more information on CareerEdge Funders, our partners and services visit our website at: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or email us at

Gulf Coast Community Indicators

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation believes that the measure of a community is the credence it puts in just that: measurement of the community. Their new website, Gulf Coast Community Indicators, aggregates and monitors indicators that tell the story of Florida’s Gulf Coast region—specifically Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties. By analyzing and then planning action from a common set of data, we can work together to measure our progress and transform our region for the better.


Advocacy on behalf of SCF

I am very concerned about the impacts of Senate Bill 1252 on my community’s college, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and I urge you to not support this bill. The State College of Florida plays a central role in the higher education of our community. The college provides a low-cost start for many students who move on to the state’s University system after earning their Associate of Arts degree and provides workforce education and training that directly benefits our economy. SCF provides the educational opportunities that keep members of our community home and allow them to pursue low-cost higher education opportunities without disrupting their jobs and families.

SCF’s baccalaureate programs are very important to our community. These programs were developed in partnership with the business communities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties and address critical community needs not met by other local higher education institutions. The individuals seeking these degrees are typically working professionals who are trying to expand their education to advance their skills in the workplace without disrupting their jobs and families or acquiring education debt. Lengthening the time it takes for SCF to offer a degree program that the community requests or to cap the allowed enrollment in these programs only serves to punish the students who could benefit from the programs and inhibits the college’s ability to quickly respond to community needs.

Forcing SCF to change its name now will confuse people in a very crowded higher education market. In 2009, words changed when Manatee Community College became State College of Florida, but the local commitment didn’t. SCF is as much this community’s college today as it was as MCC or Manatee Junior College. There is no confusion in Manatee and Sarasota Counties on SCF’s role in the community or its mission. Using the word “state” in the name clarifies that the college is a public, open access institution, not a college seeking a state-wide presence. Ninety-two percent of SCF’s enrollment is from Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Clearly, the college understands its service area, is deeply committed to its students and is dedicated to being responsive to community needs.

A name change also results in an unnecessary expense for the college, and in turn, the taxpayers who fund the college. The money SCF would be forced to spend on changing signs, logos and documents could be much better spent on developing and enhancing academic programs for our area students.

I encourage you to not support this bill. It is not only damaging to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, but to Manatee and Sarasota Counties as well.

Thank you for your consideration.

Carol Probstfeld
State College of Florida
5840 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207
(941) 752-5201