Suncoast Community Capital To Take Over “Bridges to Careers” Job-Readiness Program

Big news for SCC today!

The Bridges to Careers cohort in February 2013.

The Bridges to Careers cohort in February 2013.

We’re pleased to share with you this press release that CareerEdge Funders Collaborative released today:


Media contact: Mireya Eavey, 941.809.7430


 BRADENTON-SARASOTA, FL (March 6, 2013) – CareerEdge Funders Collaborative announced today that it has invested $30,000 in Suncoast Community Capital for SCC to provide CareerEdge’s “Bridges to Careers” job-readiness training to local job seekers and incumbent workers.

SCC will operate the Bridges to Careers program, which helps low-income individuals improve their skills and retool their abilities so they can successfully and permanently enter the workforce, in Bradenton and throughout Sarasota County.  SCC expects to provide six to eight classes of the program this year.

“Part of our strategy for effective workforce development is building capacity in other organizations to sustain the successful approaches we pilot,” said Mireya Eavey, executive director of CareerEdge.  “Suncoast Community Capital already works with low-skilled and underemployed individuals to offer them pathways to success, so it makes a lot of sense for SCC to take over the proven ‘Bridges’ model.”

Since CareerEdge launched Bridges to Careers in April 2011, the initiative has helped 481 people earn more than 1,020 certifications, leading to 297 job placements.  Eighty-two percent of job seekers who completed the training have obtained employment.  The program is supported in part by Microsoft, Jane’s Trust, Bank of America, the Bradenton Central CRA, and the Bradenton 14th Street CRA.

“One way SCC empowers people to achieve financial independence is by providing workforce-readiness training,” said Mike Kennedy, president and CEO of SCC.  “We are honored that CareerEdge chose us to deliver its ‘Bridges’ model and help our clients better equip themselves to land a job and experience financial stability.”

CareerEdge’s funding is focused on diminishing skill gaps and helping employers locate and develop qualified and skilled workers through a sector-based approach.  For more information on CareerEdge, visit  For more information on Suncoast Community Capital, visit

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About CareerEdge

CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, civic, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Bradenton and Sarasota County.  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 Suncoast Workforce.  For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.744.2661.


About Suncoast Community Capital

Suncoast Community Capital works with people of low-income to achieve financial stability in our community.
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