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)||4,358||53,019||12||$71,949|
*2013 data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
techPATH: Cultivating Tomorrow’s Workforce
Recognizing the need for a high tech workforce of the future, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council established its educational initiative to reach young students in grades 6-12: techPATH. Involving representatives from a variety of academic affiliations and high tech companies, techPATH is “cultivating tomorrow’s workforce” throughout the Corridor through a variety of innovative programs such as techCAMP and stemCONNECT.
techCAMPs are high tech workshops offered to middle and high school math, science, technology and career education teachers and their students, to provide information about the industrial sectors that make up the Corridor. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council has designed techCAMPs that focus on Optics & Photonics, IT, Microelectronics, Simulation, Robotics and Life Sciences.
stemCONNECT: Connecting Students with STEM Experts
This new program from the Florida High Tech Corridor Council allows teachers to gain virtual access to guest speakers in different STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Using video conferencing tools, stemCONNECT helps middle and high school teachers bring STEM experts into their classroom to talk about exciting, real-world applications of the science lessons they are teaching and the different careers available in technology.
For more information, visit www.flstemconnect.com.