Vice chancellor of community and student advancement for Orlando’s Keiser University, Belinda Keiser, recently underscored the importance of teamwork and relationships with civic organizations in a conversation with Florida Chamber of Commerce leaders.
Emphasizing strategic vision, Keiser outlined the university’s long-term goals of offering feasible futures for its graduates while simultaneously providing Florida’s burgeoning workforce with its most valuable assets, human resources.
“As a Florida-founded organization, Keiser University joins the Florida Chamber in their mission of ‘leading Florida to a new and sustainable economy,’” Keiser said. “Similar to the Florida Chamber, we are guided by a strategic vision, and the ability for our graduates to compete in our state and global marketplace is a priority.”
From now through 2030, Florida will face unique workforce issues particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors. The Florida Chamber Foundation predicts that the state will need to support an additional two million jobs, with 65,000 estimated in STEM fields requiring immediate fulfillment.
“The ability to compete head-on through cultivation of our talent is critical,” Keiser said. “The challenges include meeting the professional and career workforce needs and creating opportunities to attract companies in high-wage, high-tech fields in the most targeted industries.”
Aerospace, logistics, transportation and distribution, information technology, and life sciences including nursing top the list of Florida’s professional fields, she said.
“Florida must continue to attract companies who will grow our economy by expanding our current businesses, launching new ventures, and promoting an environment where Florida’s small business owners can continue to thrive,” Keiser stated. “Higher education needs to be responsive to their needs.”
Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university in Florida offering career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and online.
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