CareerSource Suncoast, Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast (BIG), and the Gulf Coast CEO Forum are partnering to combine the State of Jobs Conference with Mind the Gap in order to focus on tomorrow’s workforce. The 2018 State of Jobs Conference will welcome nearly 1,200 high school students for an all-day conference focused on college and career exploration with a focus on high-demand industries within the Southwest Florida region.
BIG, an initiative of The Gulf Coast CEO Forum, created the first Mind the Gap event in 2016, providing a forum for college students to directly connect and communicate with business leaders about the potential of having a career on the Suncoast.
On October 30th, high school students will experience the conference during the day while Mind the Gap will take place in the evening for college students. Details will be announced this summer. The State of Jobs Conference and Mind the Gap is in partnership with the Sarasota County School District, Manatee County School District, Cross College Alliance, higher education institutions, community organizations, and businesses. Nearly 100 speakers are expected to participate this year.