Developing the IT Workforce of Tomorrow

Teachers became the students at the Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) for an April workshop training. As part of an initiative to develop Middle School IT Career Academies across the state of Florida, teachers and administrators from 10 Florida middle schools traveled to Gainesville for Phase II of Workforce Florida, Inc.’s Middle School CAPE IT Career Academy Technical Assistance Project.

FloridaWorks and Santa Fe College hosted the Phase II Project Workshop. The project brings Microsoft and Adobe training to middle schools, where students can earn industry-recognized certifications. It is a collaboration between schools and Workforce Florida, Inc., the statewide business-led workforce policy board, with technical assistance provided by The Whetstone Group (TWG), a talent development company with locations in Florida and Georgia.

With the innovative and revolutionary partnership of regional workforce boards, like FloridaWorks, and local education leaders, the project promotes a dynamic talent supply system that provides hands-on learning for students that can be applied to the workforce system.