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MAKING IT HAPPEN Todd Bowden of the Sarasota County Schools talks about workforce development during the Convocation of Governments on Jan. 21. Photo by Rachel Hackney SIXTEEN STUDENTS IN SARASOTA COUNTY ARE ON THE PATH TO GRADUATE WITH PRECISION MACHINING SKILLS THAT COULD EARN THEM ANNUAL PAY UP TO $90,000 IN A FEW YEARS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Almost 17 months after the Sarasota County Mireya Eavey, executive director of Commission and the Sarasota County School CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, and Todd Board agreed to collaborate on a new work- Bowden, executive director of career, techforce initiative in response to a survey of area nical and adult education in the Sarasota manufacturers, 16 students are learning precision machining skills in a program launched County Schools, provided an overview of late last summer at Sarasota County Technical the program during the session, which was hosted by the School Institute (SCTI), local government officials Board and attended They're going to be making by mayors and city from all over the council members county learned Jan. $80,000, $90,000 per year. and commissioners, 17 during the annual Mireya Eavey Executive Director along with the county Convocation of CareerEdge Funders Collaborative Governments at SCTI. commissioners.

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