Program trains workers for manufacturing jobs
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.
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.”