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MEDIA ADVISORY: Board of Governors, FSU and FAMU celebrate $3 million grant to produce more computer and IT graduates

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MEDIA ADVISORY:
Board of Governors, FSU and FAMU celebrate $3 million grant to produce more computer and IT graduates

TALLAHASSEE — Leaders from the Florida Board of Governors, Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University will celebrate the rollout of the Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant program, a collaborative effort to align university and college degrees with the state’s future workforce needs. Students will begin the program this fall.

TEAm program details will be available during the event.
11:00 a.m. Monday, August 11
Challenger Learning Center, 200 S. Duval St.
Tallahassee

State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser III, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Jesse Panuccio, FSU Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and FAMU President Elmira Mangum are among those scheduled to speak. Elected government officials and other representatives from local chambers and private industry will also attend.

The event will include a check presentation. All speakers will be available for media interviews and photos upon request. 

TEAm GRANT Background
With $3 million allocated by Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature and awarded by the Board of Governors, the joint program, Expanding North Florida’s IT Career Pathways, is designed to create a pipeline from elementary school onward that prepares students for careers in the high-wage, high-demand sector of computer information and technology. Partners in the effort include school principals, superintendents, state and private colleges and private businesses.Designed to create a pathway for North Florida information and technology graduates and supply a direct pipeline into the workforce, the Expanding North Florida’s IT Career Pathways program helps create innovative new courses taught by faculty who are leaders in the information and technology field. The program is expected to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering and will draw students into the pipeline early, nurturing their skills and interests and connecting them with industry partners for internships and career opportunities. 

Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.

Media contact:
Brittany Alana Davis
850-245-9724
Brittany.Davis@flbog.edu

 

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