School Board's Gause earns certified status
MANATEE -- Manatee County School Board member Robert Gause was certified at the annual summer conference sponsored by the Florida School Boards Association for completing voluntarily training.
Gause completed at least 96 hours of training covering 12 different areas of governance. He was honored during a June 13 meeting.
The Certified Board Member Program provides leadership training to enhance student learning opportunities, advance excellence and promote equity in public education. Training topics include: student learning, school finance, legislative processes, policy making, strategic planning, school law, community involvement, advocacy for public education, diversity, employee relations and trends and issues.
16 graduate from Sarasota County Technical Institute
SARASOTA COUNTY -- The Sarasota County Technical Institute graduated 16 adult students Wednesday from its inaugural Precision Machining Education Program.
Every student completing the program has a job or a job offer, according to a news release.
The precision-machining program was created by the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County, CareerSource Suncoast, Sarasota County government, Sarasota County School Board, Sarasota County Technical Institute, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and CareerEdge, a privately funded workforce-development group.
In 2013, a skills-gap study conducted by CareerEdge showed manufacturers had trouble finding skilled workers despite high unemployment in the Sarasota County area. The study prompted a consortium of organizations to propose a solution to the problem.
Todd Bowden, Sarasota County Schools executive director of career, technical and adult education, said the study was valuable in quantifying the issue.
"Part of the impetus behind the CareerEdge study was to provide the school district with the data needed to support the manufacturing training," Bowden said. "The study was definitive that the jobs were here in this community."
-- Herald staff reports