Media Advisory: Board of Governors to celebrate $3.5 Million grant to produce more computer science and engineering graduates
Speakers include Board of Governors member Norm Tripp and three local university and college presidents
BOCA RATON — The Florida Board of Governors, along with Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College and Broward College, will host a presentation to celebrate the rollout of the BOG’s Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant program — an ambitious effort to align university and college degrees with the state’s future workforce needs. Students will begin entering the program this fall.
The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m., at the Engineering East building, 777 Glades Road, FAU’s Boca Raton campus.
FAU President John Kelly; Broward College President J. David Armstrong; Palm Beach State College President Dennis P. Gallon; Governor Norman Tripp and others will speak about the program, which includes a check presentation. Elected government officials, Board of Governors Chancellor Marshall Criser III, and other representatives from local chambers and private industry also will attend. Additionally, engineering students will attend and some of their projects will be on display.
FAU, Broward College and Palm Beach State College won the competitive $3.5 million grant, called the Computer Accelerated Pipeline to Unlock Regional Excellence (CAPTURE), through an innovative three-way partnership to increase the number of graduates in the high-wage, high-demand fields of computer science and computer engineering. The program’s private sector partnerships will also enable the three institutions to better align student instruction with the needs of Florida businesses.
All speakers will be made available for media interviews and photos upon request. Media interested in attending the event should contact Joshua Glanzer at 561-297-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the CAPTURE program
Providing superior learning and professional development opportunities for more than 400 anticipated new students, the program helps create innovative new courses offered by the three institutions and will be taught by faculty who are leaders in the computer technology field. The program is expected to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the state colleges will offer a seamless transition for students who choose to continue their education at FAU. The three institutions will work with high school students in Broward and Palm Beach counties and large and small businesses to draw students into the pipeline to careers in computer and information technology.
Facts about the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors
The State University System of Florida is a constitutional body led by the 17-member Board of Governors. The system has 12 universities and more than 335,000 students, making it the second-largest public university system in the nation. Responsibilities include defining the distinctive mission of each institution and managing the system’s coordination and operation. The Board appoints a Chancellor who serves as the system’s chief executive. For more, visit www.flbog.edu.