The technology sector is big business in South Florida – and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the county’s economic development organization, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Alliance), are teaming up to create an even brighter future for this industry and local students.
The Alliance, together with its counterpart economic development organizations in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, are showcasing technology companies throughout South Florida through a TechGateway initiative. This initiative includes a website,TechGateway.org, which highlights more than 2,000 local technology companies, as well as a map showcasing the location of these technology companies across our region. Through a partnership with BCPS, poster-sized versions of the map are being distributed to all of the District’s middle and high schools. BCPS Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education facilitators are working to raise awareness at schools about the TechGateway initiative, posters and associated classroom activities.
In addition, BCPS middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in a TechGateway App Challenge, allowing them to use their computer science skills by designing, storyboarding and creating an app that incorporates the TechGateway map and initiative to increase awareness about technology companies doing business in South Florida.
“We’re working to build awareness of the strength of the technology industry throughout South Florida, so everyone will know that this is the place to Work in the Cloud, Live in the Sun. We’re very excited to work with Broward County Public Schools to place these maps in middle and high schools so students will know about the many tech companies and career options that are available for them here,” said David Coddington, Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
“Our students are growing up in a technology-driven world with new and evolving career opportunities. It’s vital that we ensure our students are aware of these in-demand, high-wage career fields and ensure they have the skills they need to pursue them,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Our District is proud to be a national leader for increasing access to computer science in our schools. This school year, we expect to positively impact more than 50,000 students with computer science offerings at all 236 of our schools, benefiting students from elementary through high school. Our partnership with the Alliance allows us to promote the incredible career options available for our graduates right here in our region.”
BCPS students’ app challenge creations will be showcased on December 6, 2016, at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, as part of National Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2016. More details on this exciting event are to follow.
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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 101 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
ABOUT THE GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE ALLIANCE
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between CareerSource Broward, educational institutions and the business community.