Students across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) are getting a jump-start on exploring careers in local technology companies, thanks to TechGateway Day, which provides opportunities for industry leaders to visit schools to raise awareness about the high-tech, high-demand and high-paying positions available in South Florida’s technology sector.
The event, which took place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, is a partnership between BCPS and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County’s official economic development partnership.
During TechGateway Day, technology leaders visited the following schools to speak about career opportunities and pathways:
- Microsoft, Denise Mendez – Cypress Run Education Center (Pictured)
- LanInfoTech, Michael Goldstein – Crystal Lakes Middle School
- SiriusXM, Christa Petros and Maria Vasilakis – Deerfield Beach High School
- Maersk Tech, Adrianna Bailey – Hollywood Hills High School
- Greyson Technologies, Youri Desrosiers – Attucks Middle School
To further spotlight the array of tech industries located in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, 2022 TechGateway maps were distributed by the Alliance to all BCPS middle and high schools. The Alliance continues to work closely with the BCPS Career, Technical, Adult and Community Education (CTACE) Department to provide students with opportunities to interact, and even work, with business leaders in Broward County.
TechGateway Day is part of the broader “South Florida Tech Month” in April, which includes a host of innovation-focused conferences and events stretching across South Florida, sponsored by local industries.
“FPL’s ongoing investment in TechGateway allows us to amplify our efforts across the region and beyond, continuing to raise awareness and showcase the strong, local technology sector that has placed South Florida tech on the map,'” said Ben Wesley, External Affairs Manager for FPL and TechGateway Chair.
“Wells Fargo is proud to support TechGateway. Building and branding South Florida as a technology hub contributes to the growth of businesses of all sizes, including small businesses that are the backbone of our economy and startups that power innovation,” said Erick Strati, Senior Vice President and South Florida Market Executive for Wells Fargo.
Broward County Public Schools CTACE department provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and making academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.
To learn more about CTE program options within BCPS please visit, browardschools.com/CTACE.
For more information on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, visit gflalliance.org/.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
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, serving more than 256,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 170 different countries and speaking 147 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE:
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (www.gflalliance.org) 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. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.