Sarasota County Machining Program Hits Five-Year Goal



Sarasota County’s Precision Machining Program at Suncoast Technical College has completed its fifth year by graduating 13 new machinists, bringing the program’s five-year total to 102 skilled workers trained locally. The program also led the state in National Institute of Metalworking Skills manufacturing certifications, with 358 completed and a 96% job placement rate after graduation. The program stems from efforts made by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative to start the initiative, and Sarasota County Government and the Sarasota County School District, which both supported the concept and established a goal to graduate 100 individuals by the fifth year. Funding for the program’s equipment, which totaled $325,000, was provided by Sarasota County Government, with CareerEdge supporting the program with $25,000 and additional funding for internships. Students enrolled in the program take part in the year-long training, with hands-on experience, to attain the credentials. Students then enter a career with an average wage of $15.00 an hour, plus benefits, and the potential for future growth. Due to the success of the program, the college will be offering an Advanced Manufacturing Program that will allow prior graduates to continue their education and career ladder to other positions within the industry.

Suncoast Technical College Precision Machining Program

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