Manufacturing Leadership Training

Establishing Leaders in Growing Industries

People can experience many changes in a career, including a promotion into a leadership role. Without proper training or preparation, employees are often thrust into management positions feeling lost and unable to meet leadership expectations, resulting in high turnover and organizational instability. With input from employer partners, CareerEdge has discovered the many challenges new leaders face and developed a training program for “Emerging Leaders.”

CareerEdge has offered a leadership consortium training for four years in the healthcare industry and manufacturing employers expressed interest in a similar training. CareerEdge supported the idea and offered a pilot program at two locations in Manatee and Sarasota counties to help develop workers in the industry.  Students from 17 different manufacturing companies learned personality differences, communication styles, conflict resolution and exploration of individual strengths with hands-on and group activities. The class was instructed by Lori Ann Roth, President of LARG (Learning and Reflective Growth). See the class in action below.


Career Quest

United Way Suncoast and CareerEdge have partnered to create Career Quest – a career exploration and college savings program for low-income rising high school juniors in Sarasota County. The pilot program has the following components:

Matched College Savings Account opened for each participating student through a partnership with United Way Suncoast and SunTrust Bank. Students saving a minimum of $25 per month for the two years of their Junior and Senior years in high school will have up to $500 of their savings matched 4-to-1 through both a private match, as well as through the federal government Assets for Independence program, for a possible $2000 in additional college savings. Therefore, each graduating senior has the opportunity to have a minimum of $2500 available for their post-secondary education if they save the $25 per month for the two years. Matched savings are paid directly to the higher education institution, whether a 2- or 4-year degree or a technical college certification program
Paid internship opportunity at partner organizations in high demand sectors such as: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Construction, IT, Financial Service, or Transportation. Employers are reimbursed up to $1,000 per intern hires. Students are paid minimum wage or higher and work approximately 20 hours per week for 6- 8 weeks over the summer. Exact schedules are determined by each organization.
Financial Literacy for students is required with the savings program and is provided by United Way Suncoast and mentor organizations such as Unidos Now, Girls Inc., Take Stock in Children, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brother Big Sisters, Y-Achievers, etc. Topics include banking, budgeting, money management, credit analysis, college savings, and filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.


Certified Nursing Assistant Training at Booker Middle School

Bridges to Careers Training

PERC Tiny Homes

CareerEdge, Pinellas County Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition (PERC) and Pinellas Technical College are partnering to help re-entering individuals earn Carpentry Certifications, OSHA and hands-on experience in construction trades. This program, called Second Chance Tiny Homes, allows students to work on building these small homes to acquire hours and experience throughout the class. The program also provides safety gear and tools that are necessary for the certification.  Upon completion of the program, students receive placement assistance with local contractors, builders and other construction organizations. The mission of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain a career in the construction industry. To learn more about the program, click here.


Middle School College Campus Tours

CareerEdge Helps Middle Schoolers Visit College Campuses

CareerEdge and the Education Foundation of Sarasota County have partnered to coordinate local college campus visits for Sarasota County 7th graders.  The tours are designed to help increase college attainment and to raise awareness for the many resources available to students to help them get to college.  The visits include guided tours and activities which allow the students to get a taste for life in college and the academic importance of earning a post secondary education.  Transportation funds are provided by a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee

New College of Florida

Ringling College of Art & Design

State College of Florida Venice 

Suncoast Technical College North Port


Manatee Technical College Job Fair

Manatee Technical College in partnership with CareerEdge offered a Express Class in Plumbing and Electrician that was tuition free for 15 individuals in each program.  Culminating the program was a job fair for the graduates, featuring 10 local employers from plumbing and electrical companies.  Starting wages for these entry-level plumbing and electrical technician positions are approximately $15 per hour, with average wages between $40,000 and $50,000.

Automotive Technician Program

Automotive Technician Express Program 


After the success of the first cohort, CareerEdge worked with 6 local automobile dealerships to establish another Automotive Technician “Express” program at Suncoast Technical College.  Nine individuals were hired by the employers and were enrolled in the night program at the college while working with their respective dealerships in the morning.  All the students successfully completed the program and have begun to work full-time at the dealerships for $12-$13 an hour with benefits and the potential to career-ladder.



CareerEdge and Gettel Automotive have joined together to offer a tuition-free automotive technician express class at Suncoast Technical College.  After completing the application process, 10 students have started the express class and will receive a starting wage of $12 an hour.  Once they have completed the course, the group will then receive a wage increase with their new industry certification.