So far, 102 workers have been trained through the Suncoast Technical College machining program.
This program is a machine at producing graduates.
In June, 13 new machinists graduated from Sarasota County’s Precision Machining Program at Suncoast Technical College.
It’s the fifth year of the program and in total, with June’s graduates, 102 workers have been trained through it.
According to a press release, the program also led Florida in National Institute of Metalworking Skills manufacturing certifications, with 358 completed and a 96% job placement rate.
Sarasota County Government provided funding for program’s equipment. CareerEdge Funders Collaborative supported the program with $25,000 and funding for internships.
CareerEdge is a partnership between businesses, government and organizations to help build opportunities in the workforce in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Instructor Edward Doherty runs the year-long program. The next class will start Aug. 13 with 18 machinists. STC will also offer an Advanced Manufacturing Program for graduates.
“This program has allowed us to establish a pipeline of workers that start in entry-level positions and then continue to up-skill and move up in a career with huge growth potential,” says Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association Board President and PGT Industries Production Control Manager Bayne Beecher in the statement. “It is an achievement to have these skilled workers available in our community.”