USF University College: Responding to Tampa Bay's Technology Training Needs
TAMPA, Fla. (June 25, 2012) -- As Tampa Bay's rapidly-growing technology industry expands, the demand for a trained workforce becomes even more critical in an increasingly competitive environment. Area business and economic development leaders have identified the need for a technology talent base that supports business growth and innovation. To support this technology need, the University of South Florida provides training resources based on the university's educational strengths and research knowledge.
"Through USF University College, we offer training programs targeted to specific workforce populations and industry specializations," notes Dean Judy Ashcroft. The university's range of educational and training options for working adults interested in today's in-demand technology fields includes:
- Over 46 Graduate Certificates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields that provide graduate-level study and can lead to professional certification;
- Professional and Workforce Development training that encompasses short-term, skill-based courses ranging from
computer skills applications to professional certificates to advanced certification preparation;
- Online programs, offered in partnership with ed2go/Gatlin, that provide flexibility and scheduling choices to complement the university offerings;
- The Bachelor of General Studies: Information Studies, a degree-completion program with a concentration in Information Architecture;
Also to nurture tomorrow's workforce, University College coordinates a summer learning experience for high school students to explore these fields of study. This summer, USF Pre-College has students enrolled in five programs ranging from mechanical engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering, and global sustainability, to STEM Academy, an intensive residential program that allows students to become involved in the inquiry, discovery and research process.
"These learning options reflect the University's strong commitment to serving the strategic educational needs of our region and state," says Ashcroft. "University College is uniquely positioned to work with Tampa Bay's economic leaders and business community and to support individuals pursuing their professional development goals."
To learn more on how USF University College can address Tampa Bay's need for information technology training and talent development call 813-974-7984. A complete listing of University College's technology-focused training is available at http://uc.usf.edu/technology.
COO, University College
USF University College supports the university's strategic efforts to ensure student success and program innovation by leading USF distance learning development in collaboration with other University academic colleges, expanding market-based programs, advancing professional and workforce development and encouraging lifelong learning. University College offers education without limits - anytime, any place, any platform, any pace - for a lifetime.