Gainesville Tech Council to Meet and Announce Gainesville Dev Academy TonightJune 1st, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
Area Technology industry leaders today will join the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Council for Economic Outreach, and leaders from CareerSource North Central Florida, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College to officially launch the Gainesville Dev Academy. The Academy aims to address the region’s need to train tech talent and retain graduating students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields by providing industry-specific training requested by local employers. The announcement will be made during the quarterly Gainesville Tech Council meeting at the historic Thomas Center from 5:30-7 p.m., where Dev Academy founders will talk in-depth about the organization’s holistic, Gainesville-specific approach to a common industry challenge: technically trained talent without the real-world, business-relevant experience to contribute to the daily needs of a tech company.
Gainesville Dev Academy founders Josh Greenberg and Duncan Kabinu emphasize the bridge between a developer’s technical training and practical workplace knowledge as key to the success of the employee, the company and ultimately, the region.
Gainesville Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Susan Davenport underscores additional regional assets that heighten the area’s potential for Tech growth.
“Greater Gainesville has the educational assets to become a tech industry powerhouse in Florida and on the global stage,” said Davenport. “The need for finding workforce-ready tech talent may be a common one around the country. Gainesville is fortunate to have the caliber of educational resources available in our area—the state’s preeminent university and most educated workforce in Florida, the Nation’s No. 1 community college and a visionary superintendent focused on partnerships to create greater opportunity for industry-relevant learning from K-12. These, when coupled with the new Dev Academy, take us to a whole new level of tech expertise.”
Gainesville Dev Academy is currently enrolling students. For more information, visit gainesvilledevacademy.com.