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Progress in Education While the job market changes and evolves, so do the educational needs of Volusia and Flagler County residents. Luckily, this area has quality institutions that are changing and improving their programs to ensure residents are educationally prepared to be successful in the current and future job market. According to McGraw Hill Education, the IT job market remains strong with nearly 1 million open IT positions in the U.S. alone. The Advanced Technology College (ATC) at Daytona State was created for just that reason. The ATC provides local residents with advanced technological training that meets the current and future needs of industry in the area. Training is driven by the real needs of local employers. In other words, graduates are getting the skills that get jobs now. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is also paving the way for successful students to earn valuable credentials, which can greatly enhance a student’s employment prospects as an IT professional. “At the heart of today’s economy are IT strategies and infrastructure that support modern business,” said Dr. Aaron Glassman, Chair of the Department of Technology Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. “This new business environment requires an IT workforce that is well educated and prepared to take on tough challenges.” The Applied Information Technology (AIT) Program at ERAU provides learning paths that are strategically aligned with key growth areas such as cloud applications development; database and business intelligence; and server and cloud administration. Keeping up with technology will always be a significant factor in the business world, but these businesses in which it exists are equally, if not more important. Small businesses are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of local economies. Small businesses present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States’ largest corporations. Supporting small businesses and making sure they thrive is important to our community. Daytona State College created the Small Business Development Center to help businesses become more successful today and meet the challenges of tomorrow. This program seeks to help those starting a business, buying a business, growing a business, selling a business, or looking for financing. Bethune Cookman University also launched a new Venture Incubation Program through its Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (B-CU CEED). The Venture Incubation Program provides free services, such as marketing, financing, strategic planning, and business development to Daytona Beach startups and small businesses. Dr. Aubrey E. Long, VP for the Division of Business & Community Development, has championed the importance of minority-owned small businesses to the Daytona Beach area. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of Central Florida. We know that six out of ten jobs are created by small businesses. We want to create those jobs here, in our own backyard,” says Long. Other Programs to Keep Us Ahead of the Game Daytona State College Apprenticeship Programs Apprenticeship programs allow participants to learn while they earn. Motivated individuals have the opportunity to learn a trade as they work full-time under the supervision of skilled professionals of the trade. Apprentices attend related classroom training. Each apprentice receives a prescribed period of on-the-job training to learn applied skills while taking related academic classes. Apprenticeship programs vary in length depending on program of interest. Daytona State provides instruction under the direction of industry apprenticeship committees that sponsor the programs. Students who complete a program successfully are awarded certificates. These programs are registered with the Apprenticeship Office of Workforce Education, Florida Department of Education. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Cooperative Education/Internship Program The Co-op/Internship Program provides students with practical experience that reinforces the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom. The Coop/ Internship Program aids in bridging the gap between student life and the world of work. This program combines students' academic and career interests with work experience in business, industry, government or service organizations. Key elements of the Co-op/Internship Program experience are: • Professional-level work assignments in areas related to the student's academic major • Supervision and evaluation of performance by professionals in a chosen career field • Completion of learning objectives designed to relate academic studies to the work world Bethune Cookman University B-CU is home of Florida’s First and only Online College that is nationally certified by the United States Distance Learning Association. Graduate Programs Master of Science in Criminal Justice Admin Master of Science in Transformative Leadership Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education Program Undergraduate Programs Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Bachelor of Science in Psychology Bachelor of Science in Accounting Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Mgmt. Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Bachelor of Science Hospitality Mgmt. UCF Daytona Beach The University of Central Florida’s Daytona Beach campus has been a partner in Volusia County education and the community for over 40 years. In addition to offering 15 undergraduate majors and approximately 1000 students, UCF Daytona Beach works to bring educational opportunities to all residents of our area. They are proud to be active members of the community supporting nonprofits, economic development, multiple Chambers of Commerce and staying true to their mission of promoting K-12 education and providing access to higher education. Online: www.daytonastate.edu www.mcgrawhillprofessionalblog.com www.worldwide.erau.edu http://smallbusiness.chron.com www.cookman.edu http://regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/campus/daytona-beach


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