“The Sarasota County Technical Institute is proud of its efforts to partner with local employers to meet their workforce development needs,” said Todd Bowden, Executive Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education for Sarasota County Schools. “One of our newest partnerships is the Achieva Credit Union Branch here on the campus of SCTI. This initiative is designed to provide work experience for our students as they develop the skills needed to enter the workforce.”
At the branch opening guests dined on breakfast and refreshments provided by the SCTI Culinary Institute, received special offers for joining Achieva Credit Union and took a tour of the new branch and the Team Up! website (www.TeamUpSCS.org). Achieva is a sponsor of the Team Up! website and supports the connections this tool facilitates for Sarasota County schools and local businesses.
“We are excited to support such a great tool that will make it easy for businesses and community partners to connect and give back to schools,” said Achieva President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Regoli. “It’s important for us to have this connection in the communities where we do business.”
“We’re pleased that Achieva is sponsoring the Team Up! project,” said Lori White, Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “We’re confident that the website will inspire other current and future business partners, volunteers and donors. The combination of a user-friendly website, supportive businesses and organizations, and the business and volunteer coordinators at our schools will make it easier than ever for caring community members to ‘team up’ with our schools.”
The SCTI Achieva Credit Union branch is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota.
About Achieva Credit Union. Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by BauerFinancial and has approximately $1 billion in assets and fifteen branches serving over 102,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Charlotte, Collier, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, or whose family member has an Achieva Credit Union account, can bank with Achieva. More information is available at .
About Team Up! Team Up! is a new Sarasota County School District web-based resource sponsored by Achieva. It is designed to provide an easy, convenient single point of entry for businesses, organizations and individuals to efficiently connect, collaborate and contribute in support of the district’s students and schools. Visitors to the Team Up! website can become volunteers or business partners, discover the specific needs of participating schools, make donations, help fund specific programs and more. More information is available at www.TeamUpSCS.org.
About Sarasota County Schools. The Sarasota County School District is designated as an “A” district by the Florida Department of Education. In 2012 it was ranked fourth highest in student achievement in state standardized tests among Florida’s 67 school districts. Average SAT and ACT scores are consistently above state and national averages. Sixty-six percent of the county’s public school teachers hold a master’s degree or higher, compared to a 41 percent state average. An independent study conducted in 2012 by national consulting firm MGT of America concluded that “the district is one of the best-run systems that MGT has reviewed. Morale and performance, including innovative practices, are unusually high.” More information about the district, including links to websites for each school, is at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net.