SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Students Attend Gulf Coast CEO Forum Event

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 17, 2016) — Students from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) attended the Gulf Coast CEO forum last month to join the discussion about the hiring gap along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

A new partnership between the Career Center directors from the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast and the Gulf Coast CEO Forum is focused on bringing area CEOs together with college students from SCF, University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee, New College, and Ringling.

Nearly two dozen SCF students from Bradenton and Venice attended the “Mind the Gap” event designed to promote open discussions about employment issues facing college graduates and local businesses. Speaker John Zogby, a trend analyst, author and pundit, presented “We Are Many, We Are One: Demographics and Tribes in Today’s America Across Generations,” to provide a framework to understand and predict human behavior in a workforce connected by shared interests and social media.

A panel discussion helped identify employment challenges in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Panelists included Brad Bosman and Ozlem Deniz Polat with PPI Technologies Group; Amanda Cole and Sara Ellis with atLarge, Inc.; and Brent Dykstra and Jennifer Rust, vice presidents with Synovus Bank. SCF students were well-prepared with their portfolios and business cards and had an opportunity to network with more than 50 CEOs.

For more information, contact Dee Dee Gatch, director of SCF’s Career Resource Center, at or 941-752-5325.

Students attend the Gulf Coast CEO Forum


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