The metropolitan research university has partnered with SkillStorm to help students, alumni and the community earn industry-recognized credentials and boost careers in the technology industry.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla., November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Advancing a commitment to prepare highly qualified talent for of Central Florida fast growing technology industry, the University of Central Florida has partnered with tech accelerator SkillStorm to expand access to courses leading to credentials from major employers including Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega.
UCF Continuing Education will deliver instructor-led courses as part of a new training initiative, starting November 1.
“We look forward to the launch of this initiative because unleashing the potential of all students in our community is central to our mission at UCF,” said Thomas B. Cavanagh, Vice Provost for Digital Learning at UCF. “This partnership will help UCF enhance our ability to provide training and skills that prepare students to succeed while creating opportunity and upward mobility.”
In recent research suggesting that IT roles are among those most likely to face talent shortages Florida over the coming decade, this partnership aims to increase access to high-wage, high-demand tech roles for Central Florida community.
Through the SkillStorm platform, students can now access a range of courses to prepare for certifications including AWS Cloud Practitioner, CompTIA Network+ and Salesforce Developer, as well as foundational courses in key topics such as Java and object-oriented programming. These training courses help students acquire relevant skills that are important to today’s workforce.
“UCF has an outstanding track record of accelerating opportunity for students with a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences,” said Vince Virga, co-founder of SkillStorm and a UCF alumnus. “By joining forces to offer training in the most in-demand tech skills in the economy, we are taking the next step in an ongoing mission to strengthen economic mobility around the world. Central Florida.”
UCF is a founding partner of SkillStorm’s Upskill Together initiative, which uses a one-to-one match program to provide free upskilling programs to students from historically underserved communities for each individual who trains through the platform.
SkillStorm brings together Fortune 500 employers, universities, and government agencies to build tomorrow’s skilled tech workforce. By partnering with platforms like Pega, Salesforce, and ServiceNow, we help working students and aspiring tech experts build in-demand skills and earn industry-recognized certifications to compete in an increasingly dynamic economy. Our work is rooted in the belief that closing skills gaps and boosting economic mobility are two sides of the same coin, and that new training approaches can help to both expand the pool of skilled tech talent and create of new pathways to opportunity.
About University of Central Florida
UCF is a public research university in Orlando invested in unleashing the potential within each individual; enriching the human experience through integration, discovery and innovation; and driving broad-based prosperity for the many communities we serve. Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 220 degrees from the university’s main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through multiple UCF Connect locations. UCF has been ranked in the top 20 most innovative universities for five consecutive years by US News & World Report.