Board of Governors to Celebrate $3.5 Million Grant to Produce More Computer Science and Engineering Graduates
Speakers Include Three Local University and College Presidents
BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 6, 2014) — The Florida Board of Governors (BOG), along with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Palm Beach State College (PBSC) and Broward College (BC), 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; BC President J. David Armstrong; PBSC 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, BC and PBSC 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 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.
-FAU-About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.