Education and Workforce
Talent4Tomorrow (T4T) is a coalition and set of initiatives working to create a ready-for-work labor force and close the gap between the labor force and the businesses’ job requirements. T4T is strongly supported by The Chamber’s Sarasota Tomorrow resources, staff, and volunteers, along with many community partners.
Working to ensure a strong workforce and close the skills gap by helping more students obtain post secondary education:
* Created a Local College Access Network (LCAN) to broaden opportunities for Sarasota students to learn about post secondary education pathways, as well as providing support to connect families to financial assistance programs.
* Collaborated with Sarasota Film Festival to create the first ever video contest for students focused on gaining financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Winners will be announced in late January 2016.
*Partnered with community organizations and local leaders to create a Data Action Network, establishing a web-based report of educational and workforce data to be released in early 2016.
Engaging the future workforce to learn about career options in this region:
* Hosted the second annual State of Jobs Conference, with the Young Professionals Group in engaging nearly 500 high school students in real-world conversations about careers options available in our region.
* Initiated the piloting of Road Trip Nation curricula at State College of Florida, which helped guide students through career exploration.
* Launched the high quality Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program, which teaches entrepreneurial skills to students 11-18 years of age
Advocating for our community’s students:
* Established a partnership with the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), becoming one of the first local conveners selected to work with this new state-wide entity and resource. This partnership allows Talent4Tomorrow to be on the cutting edge of advocacy and research-based programming.
* Worked to contribute to the FCAN goal of increasing the percentage of Florida residents with a high-quality post-secondary degree or credential to 60% by 2025.
Thank you to all
those engaged in Talent4Tomorrow and working to achieve its goals for educational attainment and workforce development.