Growing and Attracting a High Tech Workforce
The Corridor’s high tech legacy has attracted a skilled workforce since the days of the Space Race. Thanks to three of the nation’s leading research universities (the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida), the Corridor is also growing its own high tech talent pool of scientists, engineers and other innovative entrepreneurs to serve nearly 20,000 high tech companies throughout the 23 county region.
High Tech Employment in the Corridor
|Other (Media, R&D, Telecom)||4,100||52,122||12||$74,441|
*Q1 2015 data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
stemCONNECT: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Workforce
Recognizing the need for a high tech workforce of the future, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council established an educational initiative to reach middle and high school students. Involving representatives from academia and private industry, stemCONNECT is “cultivating tomorrow’s workforce” throughout the region with innovative in-person and online program offerings.
Connecting Students with STEM Experts
Through video conferencing tools, stemCONNECT provides middle and high school teachers access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experts who exhibit the exciting, real-world applications of STEM concepts students learn in the classroom. These experts also elaborate on career opportunities in their high tech field and share with students the importance of STEM studies.
stemCONNECT virtual programs have reached more than 4,700 students and has become a helpful tool for teachers across the 23-county region. Sessions have covered: modeling, simulation and training; robotics; space; physics; and, more.
For more information and to request a session, visit www.flstemconnect.com.
Dr. Jeff Bindell