Ensuring a quality workforce means educational institutions working side-by-side with industry to anticipate and meet future needs. That’s what happened when Verizon Communications relocated its finance hub to Orlando and partnered with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to launch a capstone business course on the Internet of Things. And when the Walt Disney Company asked UCF to develop a 12-month deep machine learning program to train its technical staff. Partnerships like these give businesses direct access to skilled talent–both in and outside the classroom.
"UCF bolsters economic prosperity in Central Florida and our state through partnerships. We align our research, teaching, and service to the needs of our regional workforce," UCF President John C. Hitt said. "Time and again, collaboration between UCF and industry has proven to be a powerful force for lifting lives and livelihoods."
From shared curriculum design to workforce development to employee tuition discounts and more, Orlando’s education community partners with companies in the truest sense when it comes to developing the right talent pipeline. Here are seven examples of industry-education partnerships developed by global companies to fill their talent pipelines in Orlando.