Brittany Davis Wise
WEBINAR: How partnerships can boost degrees in high-demand fields.
TALLAHASSEE – The State University System of Florida will participate in a webinar Tuesday, December 6 on its work to boost degrees in high-demand fields.
Organized by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), Dr. Jan Ignash, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs of the Board of Governors, and Dr. Mostafa Bassiouni, interim associate dean for graduate affairs at the University of Central Florida, will discuss Targeted Educational Attainment Grants, known as TEAm Grants, launched in 2013 with $15 million from the Governor and Legislature. The initiative was based on a thorough analysis of workforce data, which showed that accounting and financial services andcomputer information and technology and middle school teacher retentionwere projected to have 1,000 or more annual job openings unfilled.
The webinar will be held Tuesday, December 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration is available here.
“This initiative has resulted in a substantial return on investment for the state, strengthening the pipeline of talent for our businesses and accelerating degree production in areas projected to have unfilled openings,” said Dr. Ignash. “The outcomes we will discuss during the webinar are significant because of their impact, and also because we have identified and implemented a tool that has been highly effective at strategically addressingworkforce gaps.”
The following universities and colleges received grants:
- The University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and Florida International University received $4.9 million forAn Urban University Coalition Response to Florida Computer Information Technology Workforce Needs.
- The University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida and Florida International University received a combined $3.6 million forAn Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Increasing the Supply of Quality Accounting Graduates in Florida.
- Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University received a combined $3 million forExpanding North Florida’s IT Career Pathways.
- Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Palm Beach State College received a combined $3.5 million for aComputer Accelerated Pipeline to Unlock Regional Excellence.
Tuesday’s webinar will cover the process for implementing the grants, including outcomes, successes, and lessons learned from the project. The webinar is the third in a series by FCAN titled Connecting Education and Jobs in Florida and is being promoted through the Think Florida: A Higher Degree for Business campaign, an initiative by the State University System of Florida to build ties between universities and the business community.
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 338,000 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, visitwww.flbog.edu, follow us on FacebookandTwitter, or download the Board of Governors’ app.