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FSU/FAMU kick-off collaborative workforce project

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FSU/FAMU kick-off collaborative workforce project

Leaders from Florida’s State University System, the Legislature and the private sector gathered today at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee to celebrate the one-of-a-kind effort by Florida State University and Florida A&M University to graduate more students in the high-demand, high-wage areas of computer and information technology. The Board of Governors awarded $3 million for the collaborative project, which is designed to help fill the state’s workforce needs.

Marshall Criser III, Chancellor of the State University System of Florida
“This combined effort to harness students’ interests and skills and pave the way for them to succeed in high-demand high-wage careers truly is an example of how our Governor, our Legislature and our universities are building Florida’s future economy. This benefits our students, it benefits our taxpayers, it benefits our employers and it benefits Florida.”

Larry Dennis, Dean of the College of Communication and Information at FSU and principal investigator on the project
“We are providing our students with the experiences and support they need to launch successful IT careers. We make sure their college experiences enable them to develop the skills employers need, motivate them to excel, connect them with employers and provide them with the professional development they need to succeed from day one.”

Maurice Edington, Dean of the College of Science and Technology at FAMU and collaborator on the project
“I want to issue a heartfelt thank you to our state and university leaders for their tremendous support, and we look forward to working with our academic and industry partners on the TEAm project in the years to come as we continue to address the workforce needs for our region and the State of Florida.”

Garnett S. Stokes, Interim President of Florida State University
“This is a wonderful day for Florida as the TEAm Grant program provides our universities the opportunity to do what we do best — collaborate on joint projects to prepare more students for their careers in areas where these graduates are needed the most.”

Elmira Mangum, President of Florida A&M University
“I am committed to ensuring that Florida A&M University will continue to partner with FSU in this vital initiative, and others, to bring more jobs to our region.  Moreover, please remember that through our collaborative efforts, the TEAM funding will serve as a source of much-needed support in the years to come to our students, universities, communities, and the State of Florida.”

Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity

“The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is proud to partner with our state universities and colleges to ensure that Florida is a leader in the country with regard to matching graduate degrees with the needs of the state workforce. This is just one more example of the public sector working together with private industry to fuel the state economy.”

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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