Goodwill Manasota to sponsor ‘Bridges to Careers’ A CareerEdge Program

Job seekers will have opportunity to earn Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) certification

Published Friday, September 11, 2015

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota will host a “Bridges to Careers, A CareerEdge Program” information session on Wednesday, October 7, 5:30-6:30pm at its International Training Center (2705 51st Ave., Bradenton). Job seekers can learn about the opportunity to earn Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) certification, which offers potentially mid-level entry in the transportation sector.

               Classes through Bridges to Careers, A CareerEdge Program are held throughout the region but require a local sponsor in order to be held; Goodwill Manasota stepped forward to provide the opportunity in Sarasota-Manatee, providing the space for the information session and the room and computers for the four-week course. Other partners in this endeavor are CareerEdge Funders and Suncoast Community Capital.

                The four-week course, which starts on October 20, will provide training on the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) certification, digital literacy skills, financial literacy skills, employability skills, and interviewing skills training. Organizers hope to attract 15 registrants; participants who achieve certification are guaranteed an interview with an employer in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Sector, with an average wage upon hire of $14/hour. 

                Classes will be held October 20-November 14 at the Computer Lab on Goodwill’s corporate campus (2705 51st Ave., Bradenton). Participants will be able to work in study groups and sit for the certification exam. 

                “Our mission is changing lives through the power of work, and we realize the impact that good-paying jobs have on our local economy,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “The certification participants can achieve through this course will enable them to go after jobs that are well above minimum wage and offer additional opportunities for advancement. We are pleased to partner with CareerEdge Funders and Suncoast Community Capital to enable community members to achieve career and life success.”

                For more information about this career path and to RSVP for the October 7 information session, please contact Jessica Ruter, Bridges to Careers Coordinator, at (941) 744-2666, ext. 2 or

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people 

with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit

About CareerEdge 

CareerEdge is an innovative partnership of business, government, and philanthropic organizations that leverages public and private dollars to provide opportunities for better jobs and wages in Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Charlotte counties. The first regional collaborative of workforce investors in the southeastern United States to be designated as a site of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerEdge was created with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, City of Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Bank of America, Bradenton 14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and Manatee Community Action Agency. It is also supported by contributions from Microsoft, Sarasota County Government, Jane’s Trust, JP Morgan Chase, United Way Suncoast, Jobs for the Future and Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. For more information about CareerEdge and its partners, please visit or call 941.363.7231.