Dev Academy Graduates Inaugural ClassDecember 5th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
The Gainesville Dev Academy today held a graduation ceremony for its first class of enrollees. The Dev Academy-a partnership among local technology leaders, 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-ramped up in June as a solution 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.
“Today, our region took a step forward in demonstrating our ability to leverage two of our greatest assets–our rich STEM and technical workforce, and an education system leading on state and national levels–to strengthen our talent pipeline in a way that translates to business value,” said Dev Academy Founder Duncan Kabinu. “Today’s graudates are technically trained developers who now have the business acumen they need to contribute strategically to business advancement.”
Graduates include Noel Colon, Greg Haddock, Will King, Sean Krauth, Daniel Lehnen, Chad McGinnis and Alex Tyler.
Strengthened by education assets unparalleled in the state-including the state’s preeminent university, the Nation’s No. 1 community college and an innovative K-12 education system, all committed to connecting all students to career-relevant education, particularly in STEM fields-Greater Gainesville is rising as a tech hub. Recently, Area Development magazine cited Gainesville as “Joining the Tech-Cluster Big Leagues.” The piece cites as factors the University of Florida’s status as the nation’s fourth-most-prolific university commercialization engine and Greater Gainesville’s location at the nexus of the Florida High-Tech corridor, which spans 23 counties and is home to nearly 400 IT employers. Gainesville is home to the preeminent of the three research universities-the University of Florida-located in the High Tech Corridor and two of its three tech incubators, the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator and the UF Innovation Hub.
“The Dev Academy enhances Greater Gainesville’s already rich and aligned business ecosystem, and takes our region’s talent development capacity to a new level,” said Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Susan Davenport. “The Dev Academy’s first graduation marks a win for Greater Gainesville businesses and students.”
The Dev Academy is accepting applications for its second class. For more information, visit gainesvilledevacademy.com.