Skill Training

Enhance Your Skills – Broward College Offers Free Workforce Courses During COVID-19

A new reality has emerged due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has changed the world as we know it – from safety precautions that will become our new normal to a new dynamic in the workforce, evolution is inevitable. The economic impact of COVID-19 is still being assessed, but as of April, the United States’ unemployment rate increased to 14.7 percent from the 3.5 percent it previously recorded in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. 

Although there is a high level of uncertainty regarding the jobs that will still exist post-pandemic or new ones that will emerge, industry leaders strongly suggest that people take this time to learn or enhance their skill set. Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, explains to The Chicago Tribune that people should focus on gaining the skills that will be valuable when the economy starts rolling again. That is going to differ depending on the field you’re in, but online learning is probably going to be the way to go, whether you are looking to gain skills that will be needed in your industry or if you are looking to transition into another field.”  

Skill TrainingTo assist those affected by job loss, or people looking to upskill, Broward College launched a series of free Workforce Education Non-Credit courses for residents looking to expand their qualifications and skills. The courses vary from self-development to specialized training, which is free of cost and self-paced to allow participants to complete in a little as a month. Participants will have up to three months to complete the course load and final exam, after which they will receive a certificate of skill or industry certification. The courses are open to everyone, although there are some specific to Broward UP. Broward UP, the UP, meaning “unlimited potential,” continues efforts to improve the lives of residents in Broward County zip codes with disproportionately high unemployment rates, low education attainment, and low household income. Broward UP focuses on communities in these zip codes: 33069, 33319, 33309, 33313, 33311 and 33023. 

The price for the Open Access and Retail course certificates is usually $199, while the average cost of Broward UP courses is $499. 

What’s available? 

Open Access Courses – these courses help strengthen necessary business skills that align with your profession or can be used for personal development. 

  • Creating Webpages 
  • Creating WordPress Websites 
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management  
  • Successful Job Search  
  • Keys to Effective Communication  
  • Managing Customer Service 
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet 
  • Personal Finance 
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring 

Additional Training and Certification 

Specialized training in Integrating Technology in the Classroom is available to teachers who live and work in one of the BROWARD UP zip codes. They can access this by reaching out to ce@broward.edu. 

A Retail Industry Specialist course is also available to students who meet the established industry standard and allows them to further their education in the field. 

Broward UP Courses 

To find out more about the online courses offered through Broward UP, contact gklonari@broward.edu. 

Get the edge you need to achieve your goals. Detailed course descriptions and registration is available here or email ce@broward.edu. 


The Future Frontline Workers - Nursing Graduates Participate in Drive Through Ceremony

In an emotional parade, led by an ambulance and firetruck, sirens blaring, scores of vehicles streamed onto the Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. It was not a sad occasion, but rather tears of joy, excitement, and a grand finale to celebrate the 116 nursing graduates, who had pushed through the challenges of the current pandemic to complete their program.

The 90-minute Drive Through Pinning and Carnation ceremony on Friday, May 8, part of Nurses Week,  replaced the traditional candlelight ceremony to recognize the braveness and achievement of nursing graduates.

Keeping the Tradition Alive in Uncertain Times

It’s a tradition for many nursing schools, including Broward College, to celebrate their graduating class with a pinning and candlelight ceremony during which students take the Nightingale Pledge, named after the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. At Broward College, each campus also holds a carnation parade on the first day that students wear their traditional white nursing uniforms and caps.

With the need to adhere to social distancing, these traditions have evolved for everyone’s safety. Letting the accomplishment of the class of 2020 go without acknowledgment was not on table for faculty and staff of the College’s nursing department. Sara Turpel, the dean, along with faculty and members of her administrative team, put together this alternative celebration.

The Parade

Some graduates drove together with peers, others brought their families with them, and many decorated their vehicles. Some wore their nursing student uniforms, while others wore white nursing graduation uniforms and caps.  Graduates followed a processional line, where Dean Turpel and her team presented them with a candle, a copy of the Nightingale Pledge, their Broward College nursing pin and a flower. As a token, Dean Turpel also provided students with a personal note.

Graduates, like Sophia Vazquez, considered among the next set of frontline heroes in the fight against COVID-19, were grateful for the celebration.

“As I return home from the parade and all the emotions are settling in, I can’t help but express my gratitude to you and all of the BC nursing staff,” wrote Sophia in a thank you note.  “Thank you so much for planning the parade and finding a way to celebrate our accomplishment! It was the closure that I needed, and I am truly touched by the experience. It was so heartwarming to see all of your faces and to see some of the professors who poured so much time and energy into our education.”

Broward College Nursing Graduates Among the Best

Many Broward College nursing graduates are currently serving on the frontline during COVID-19, and these graduates will join them. The College’s Nursing graduates have a stellar record of success in the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In  2019, more than 96 percent of graduates of the College’s Nursing program passed the exam, and the most recent Florida placement data has shown that over 98 percent are currently in the workforce across the state.

Despite the challenges many college students are facing while they pursue their academic goals, Broward College nursing graduates proved their resilience as they continue to prepare for their certification exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. The significance of their most recent achievement is weightier these days as they step into a global pandemic front line.

Congratulations to our exceptional graduates!

You can help others through a career in Nursing. You can begin your academic journey at Broward College. Learn more about Nursing and other professions in the Health Sciences here.


Frontline Workers - BC Students

Graduates That Care and Serve - A Pathway to Working on the Frontlines During COVID-19

In Hollywood, Florida, Rachel Guran is up on her feet visiting the team of nurses and doctors in the hospitals of the Memorial Healthcare System. As the Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Rachel is a front-line employee every day, but even

Rachel Guran, Broward College alumnae
Rachel Guran, Broward College alumnae

more so now as hospitals are overwhelmingly tending to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she walks the hallways along with her team, their task is to educate patients, staff, and the general public in the most effective ways to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. 

A few floors down, in the warehouse of the hospital, Philip Velez is on the phone in a constant effort to assess the material needed by the doctors, nurses, and all other hospital personnel manning the upper floors. After all, as the Director of Inventory and Supply, Philip is tasked with guaranteeing the hospital has enough medical supplies from syringes and band-aids to personal protective equipment. 

Rachel and Philip have a few things in common, besides working in the same hospital, they are both front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and, they are proud Broward College grads. Graduates across all pathways are currently serving on the front-lines. From nurses to police officers to supply chain workers, our grads are putting their skills to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meeting Workforce Demands with Exceptional Graduates 

For 60 years, Broward College provided programs designed to meet the workforce demands of our community. Among the most popular programs the College offers are Nursing, Supervision and Management, and the Police Academy. These programs are not only the most sought-after, but they have been recognized for their exceptional curriculum.  

Nursing Graduates
Nursing Graduates

For instance, in 2019, more than 96 percent of Broward College Nursing students passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and the most recent Florida placement data has shown that over 98 percent of Nursing graduates are currently in the workforce across the state. When it comes to the College’s Police Academy, passing rates are quite similar. In 2019, 96 percent of the officers that completed the basic training passed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Officer Certification program in their first attempt, which places the College first in the state when it comes to success rate from their graduates.  

Crucial Careers 

Within the health sciences, careers such as medical assisting, radiography and

EMS Students
EMS Students

respiratory care, among others, are equally as important. In public safety, firefighters and paramedics are also key. In addition to healthcare and public safety personnel, graduates in careers like supply chain management, business administration, or supervision and management are essential to support the general public and frontline employees.  

From the store manager at your local Publix to the warehouse employee doing inventory for personal protective equipment, graduates from these programs are answering the call to serve their communities 

Over the next few days, we will explore the stories and choices that took Rachel, Philip, and other BC grads to becoming frontline workers during this pandemic.  

Interested in a career in Health SciencesPublic Safety or Supply Chain Management? Broward College offers high-quality education for an affordable price. Visit broward.edu. 

 


Broward College Classroom

Dreams Within Reach - Broward College Ranked as Most Affordable College in Florida

Access to post-secondary education is often out of reach for many people, who think taking college courses could leave them saddled in debt. Broward College has, for the past 60 years, worked hard to ensure its programs connect to the needs of the community it serves, offering high-quality degrees and certificated but importantly ensuring its programs are accessible and affordable to everyone. Three studies have most recently recognized the College’s efforts.

Broward College recently made the top of the list for the Most Affordable College in Florida in a study conducted by University HQ published in February 2020. The study evaluated more than 3,500 higher education institutions across the nation who offered several four-year degree options.

Broward College ClassroomThe study by University HQ falls in line with a recent report released by U.S. News Short Lists, which identified Broward College students as having the third-lowest amount of debt upon graduation. The U.S. News Short Lists surveyed 1,031 colleges and found that the College’s graduating class of 2018 had an average debt load of $3,617 while the colleges where students borrowed the most averaged a total of 51,507.

Also, a 2020 independent study from Florida TaxWatch, found that with estimated annual tuition and fees of $2,830 for in-state students (2018-19), Broward College had the second-lowest fees in the state.

Low Student Debt

“These findings affirm that we are meeting our goal to ensure a postsecondary education is accessible and affordable to everyone,” says Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. “Financial status or life circumstances should not be barriers to education. We continue to identify partnerships that will help us provide affordable, high-quality education and allow students to focus on obtaining their degree rather than the cost of tuition.” Broward College offers several options regarding financial aid, scholarships, and other initiatives to alleviate the financial burden for students to complete their post-secondary education and minimize and sometimes prevent student loan debt.

Take advantage of a high-quality, affordable program at Broward College this summer. Registration is now open! For more information on how to become a student at Broward College, visit broward.edu.


Financial Aid

Ensuring Student Success - What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

We are almost at the end of the spring term, and before you know it, it will be the start of a new academic year. Whether you’re new to college or have been enrolled before, we know some of your most important questions to get things finalized for registration, related to financial aid. As part of our efforts to help you remain on track, we sat down with Cherly Pierre, director of Financial Aid Operations at Broward College, to get your questions answered.  

Who qualifies for financial aid and how to maintain eligibility?  

The Department of Education is responsible for deciding eligibility for financial aid based on the documents provided. Students are encouraged to complete the free FAFSA to apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans. You must complete a new application for each academic year, which runs from July 1 through June 30. The data released by FAFSA is then used by states and institutions to award aid.  

General requirements for eligibility:  

  • Financial need 
  • U.S. citizenship or residency  
  • Current enrollment in a college or career school.  

Broward College requirements to maintain eligibility: 

  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. 
  • Students must complete a minimum of 67% of the coursework attempted during each term. 
  • Students must be on track to complete their degree requirements within 150% of the number of credits required for the program.  

What are important deadlines for students to remember? 

Financial AidCurrent Seahawks are encouraged  to renew their FAFSA starting October 1 and complete a new scholarship application each academic year.  

If you are a current student, you may have heard of a priority deadline. That is the date set by the College if you want to receive early consideration for eligibility. By completing the FAFSA application and turning in all necessary documentation by the priority deadline, students are guaranteed to have their financial aid award posted before the semester’s payment is due. Students who have outstanding documents or information, will see a red flags in their myBC portal. 

  • Summer enrollment: must be finalized by June 10. 
  • The FAFSA priority deadline for fall 2020 is set for June 24,2020 

Are there any changes to financial aid regulations that affect remote learning?  

  • To provide relief for student loan borrowers during this time, federal student loan borrowers have been temporarily postponed 
  • Monthly loan payments have been suspended from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2020, but you can still choose to make payments. 

Are there any new regulations from Congress during COVID-19 that change the financial aid requirement for students? 

  • There are no changes to the initial eligibility for students to receive financial aid.  
  • Interest on some federal student loans is also temporarily set at 0%; these include defaulted and nondefaulted Direct Loans, defaulted and nondefaulted Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans 
  • The CARES Act makes significant changes to the requirements and flexibilities surrounding the Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4). The U.S.  Department of Education  is currently reviewing the implications of the Act and will provide appropriate guidance as soon as possible. 
  • The CARES Act requires the Department of Education to stop collection activities on all defaulted loans, including administrative wage garnishment and the Treasury Offset Program until September 30, 2020. 

 What if a student’s financial position has changed due to personal or family job loss? 

Many students and their families are being affected by this global pandemic and may be facing unemployment or finances have shifted. For the upcoming 2020-2021 award year, students will have the opportunity to fill out an income adjustment form.   

The Broward College Student Financial Services is available to assist students with any questions concerning financial aid eligibility and ensure that the financial aid process is both pleasant and seamless.  

Remember, summer registration is currently open and we can’t wait to help you get you ready for classes. Find more information about financial aid on the Broward College website.  


Peer Mentoring

Ask Your Peers – Mentoring Program Offers Guidance in College

Providing high-quality education is Broward College’s mission. In order to do so, the College understands the importance of providing a holistic experience, which entails offering tools and resources geared towards personal and academic success. 

The Peer Mentoring and Leadership (PML) program provides students with guidance for them to successfully navigate the College’s resources on the journey to achieving their academic goals. “The main idea is to increase their sense of belonging here at Broward College, which in turn will increase their chance of succeeding academically because they feel comfortable and are aware of the resources we offer them,” explains Farah Pierce, director of Student Achievement Initiatives (SAI). 

Peer MentoringMost of these resources, including the PML program, have successfully transitioned to a remote environment as the College continues to engage in social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.  

Transitioning to Remote Operations 

Even before it was required to transition into fully remote operations, PML was familiar with the concept of remote mentoring. While peer leaders were required to attend physical team meetings and training, they were able to do part of their work remotely.  

“We were already accustomed to communicating with our mentees via text or emails in addition to our face-to-face sessions,” explains Toyesha Simpson, a peer leader. “However, there has been some adjustment. Most of the peer leaders have had to reinvent ourselves to maintain strong communication with our mentees as this situation is new to everyone.” Toyesha has found ways to keep the line of communication open with the students she is helping by sending daily motivational messages and doing a regular check-in.  

Mentoring Coordinator, Marta Bautista is aware that peer leaders are also in need of their support system now more than ever. “If we want our peer leaders to serve their mentees successfully, we must offer strong support. We are providing them with as many resources as we can to make sure they take care of themselves first. We are facilitating material on mental health, time management, E-learning, for their personal use and to share with their students,” she says. 

Connecting with a Mentor 

Students who would like to connect with a peer mentor can do so at any point during the semester or academic year. Prospective mentees must complete a form with their contact information and be willing to engage in constant communication with their mentors. After reviewing the form, the SAI office will contact the student to assess the needs and expectations, and pairing usually takes anytime between two days to two weeks. 

The pairing between mentor and mentee is random unless the mentee has a special requirement. Currently, the College is serving 340 students through PML, although this number may increase in the following weeks. “Our projection is to see an increase in demand because of the nature of the service, and given the current situation, it is understandable that students will need all the support they can get,” explains Pierce. 

“It’s up to all of us to make an extra effort to remain motivated in this situation, but we also want to ensure our students that we are here to help them in any capacity possible, we just need them to communicate  with us so our peer leaders can help you achieve your academic goals,” says Bautista. 

Becoming a Peer Leader 

If you would like to offer support to your peers as a mentor, applications open soon. 

PML is funded through a federal grant provided by AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that seek to improve lives and foster civic engagement. Students who choose to serve as peer leaders become AmeriCorps members and have access to its benefits, which include student loan deferment, leadership and skills training, and limited health benefit options. 

The College begins recruitment for prospective peer leaders during the summer. Interested students must fill out a form, meet the onboard requirements of the College and AmeriCorps, and complete intensive training. Once selected, peer leaders access the benefits of their own while helping others. 

Part of the requirements to be an AmeriCorps member is that mentors complete a year of service, after which they receive an Education Award they can use towards the educational expense of their choosing. Through their year of service, peer leaders also receive a living allowance. Additionally, leaders are paired with a faculty mentor in their pathway to assist them with their personal goals.   

Peer leaders have access to a support system of College staff in departments, including advising, financial aid, and registration, among others who assist them in their job. Each leader can manage a load of up to 10 mentees and work an average of 27 hours per week. 

To learn more about Peer Mentoring and Leadership, visit broward.edu/mentoring.  

Visit broward.edu/coronavirus for updates, student resources, and more. 


Together we Achieve More

Remaining Kind in Difficult Times – Fighting COVID-19 Together

Surviving COVID-19 is not an individual task, but rather it requires a joint effort to prevent the spread and overcome the challenges that arise while doing so. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our county, Broward College is transitioning to fully remote operations. 

Although one of the measures encouraged by health experts to combat this virus is social distancing, meaning to minimize or avoid physical contact with others, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to be kind to one another. It’s critical, now more than ever, to show compassion to others, avoid stigmas, and remember that social distancing does not mean detaching yourself of goodness. 

Let Go of the Stigmas 

In the early days of the spread of COVID-19, when the media reported the origins of the virus, fear took over and irrational actions took place. There were moments of distrust, discrimination, and even acts of violence against people who were thought to be predisposed to the virus because of their race or nationality. This type of stigma is fueled by fear and misunderstanding. As we learn more about the virus, how it spreads and the effects it has, we that it can affect everyone, regardless of race, sex, or age. We can’t let fear overrun our capacity to be compassionate and kind to everyone.  

Kindness in Times of Social Distancing 

While it is understandable that our survival instinct calls for prioritizing our personal safety, it doesn’t mean we can’t help others, especially when we can do so without compromising our own health. You don’t need to physically touch anyone to show others that you care and are you’re there to help them. 

Among the group most vulnerable in this outbreak are the elderly and those who have existing medical conditions. If you have an elderly neighbor who alone and may not have family members close by to help them, you can check up on them by phone, ask how they are doing or if they need anything. Offering to get supplies and food while you stock up for yourself is an act of kindness they will appreciate Also, if you're headed to the pharmacy and know someone with health issues who may need to refill a prescription, offer to assist. 

Sharing is Caring 

‘Sharing is caring’ is a true statement in normal circumstances. In times of crisisit has even more weight than we can even imagine.  

If you find yourself with excess amounts of personal hygiene items, cleaning products, and canned goods, put together a couple of care packages for neighbors, family or friends who were unable to get all they needed at the supermarket.   

Keeping hope alive is pivotal in the fight against COVID-19. Only by working together can we overcome challenges like the one we currently face. As you find your own ways to do good and help others in this time of crisis, remember to also take measures to keep yourself healthy and safe. Broward College has put together a list of resources and college-related updates here. 


Broward College Safety Team

Broward College recognized as one of the safest college campuses in Florida

For Associate Vice President of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness Grant Gundle, receiving the SafeHome.org distinction of having the safest college campuses in Florida belongs to everyone at Broward College.

This year, Broward College was recognized as the safest college campus in Florida by SafeHome.org.

According to a recent study published by SafeHome.org, of the 28 Florida Colleges, Broward College has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 students in the State and the lowest nationwide among the 500 institutions evaluated. Violent crime rates included in the study were rape, murder, negligent homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, or arson. Only 17 percent of the 500 colleges ranked had no reported on-campuses incidents of violence. In 2018 Broward College only had three incidents of violent crimes across its campuses.

“It’s a great recognition for the hard work that they do,” Gundle said.

They, being the 120 members of Gundle’s staff, but also the students and staff on campus who also support security measures by reporting any incidents they may see.

Reporting crime

The efforts by the College’s security team are complemented by the state-of-the-art Security Operations Center, which stays open 24 hours every day of the week. While Gundle’s staff do not have arrest powers, they work hard to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

One of the benefits that Broward College students have is the ability to report incidents, whether it’s from one of the blue safety phones on campus or their cell phones – thanks to the RAVE Guardian app. The RAVE app is a free service student, and staff can download to report a crime, but also keep relatives or friends (guardians) informed about their location if they need help.

An example is if a student sees a crime being committed, and if they can safely take a photo, they are encouraged to post to the application; it will alert Gundle’s staff. Once there is a report, staff alerts law enforcement.

Broward College Safety Team
The Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness Team

Gundle explained that his office relies a lot on the school community as well to report maintenance issues, such as emergency call boxes that are out of order.  With ten different locations across the county stretching from Coconut Creek to Miramar, Gundle and his staff have their hands full. Throughout the year, Gundle’s team provide a lot of resources for students. One of those initiatives is a monthly newsletter, “The SAFE,” that goes out to the college community. The newsletter includes information for students, the process of reporting crimes, and highlights from previous events.

The team also hosts seminars and events to help students prepare for emergencies, including active shooter training. Gundle encourages students and staff to visit their webpage for more information and safety tips.

Upcoming events

Several upcoming events are being held by Campus Safety & Security, such as Coffee with a Cop, to get to know staff, but learn about the law enforcement profession. For more events like visit the college calendar www.browardcollegeblog.com/calendar.

To learn more about Campus Safety & Security, to find out how to report a crime, or to get to know staff, visit www.broward.edu/safety—interested in a career in public safety, visit www.broward.edu/ips.


President Haile

Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Aspen New Presidents Fellowship

The Aspen Institute announced President Gregory Adam Haile as one of 25 Aspen Fellows for its new initiative designed to support community college presidents in the early years of their tenure. The Aspen New Presidents Fellowship for Community College Excellence is fully funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and will run a seven-month program beginning in June 2020.

A first-generation college student, President Haile had never even heard of college until he was in sixth grade. He has served at Broward College since 2011, and in July 2018 was selected to serve as president for the institutions 63,000 students and more than 5,000 employees. As a representative, a leader, Haile reflects the diversity of his students and community and is committed to creating a pathway for their success.

President Haile“On behalf of the members of the Board of Trustees, I congratulate President Haile,” said Gloria Fernandez, chair of the Broward College Board of Trustees. “It comes as no surprise that he was selected for the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship. President Haile is a visionary who has, through his leadership in the last 18 months alone, demonstrated a relentless commitment to student success and the advancement of this community.”

Supporting New Leaders

The inaugural class, selected from over 100 applicants, have been college presidents for five years or less. They were selected based on their commitment to student success and equity, willingness to take risks to improve outcomes, understanding of the importance of community partnerships, and the ability to lead change.

During the fellowship, President Haile will devise strategic plans to tackle barriers of student success, as well as encourage the growth of health and vitality within Broward College and the communities in Broward County. Broward College has demonstrated its commitment to its students and its surrounding districts through Broward Up, a movement developed by the college that offers free educational opportunities, workforce training, and resources for students to thrive.

Making a Long-lasting Impact

Nearly 80 percent of community college presidents nationwide plan to retire in the next decade. Through this fellowship and its other leadership programs, Aspen is committed to helping to replace those exiting the presidency with an exceptionally capable and highly diverse talent pool.

The program for new presidents is an addition to the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, which has been serving aspiring presidents since 2016. Of the nearly 160 fellows who have taken part in the Rising Presidents Fellowship, 41 are now community college presidents, serving more than 500,000 students.

For a bio and photo of President Haile and a list of the 2020-21 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows, visit: https://highered.aspeninstitute.org/meet-the-aspen-presidential-fellows-new-presidents/


Information Technology

Ringing in the New Decade – These Are the Jobs That Will Dominate the 2020s

New year, a new decade and with it, new career paths for all. The U.S workforce has seen the tech industry boom during the 2010s as artificial intelligence, spatial computing, virtual reality, and other innovations were born and grew exponentially.

New occupations arose, and job descriptions were adjusted to keep up with the trends. A study by LinkedIn is now showing that this growth in technology has set a precedent for the tech industry to dominate the 2020s. It also shows that these occupations are in high demand as they fail to find enough qualified workers to fill positions.

Engineering – Hottest Career Path

According to LinkedIn, among the top 15 projected hottest jobs, 13 of the occupations are related to the tech world, most are in the areas of engineering. Topping the list is artificial intelligence specialists, an occupation that calls for software or computer engineers since complete degrees in the field are not offered yet. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that average wages in the field range from $100,000 to $150,000, and the industry has seen job growth of 74 percent over the past five years.

Among the other hot jobs projected are robotics engineers, with starting salaries at $85,000; full-stack engineers, earning around $82,000; site reliability engineers, with wages averaging $130,000; data engineers, who can earn $100,000; and cloud engineers, earning around the same $100,000, complete the list for the 2020s.

Information Technology - It’s All About Computers

Information TechnologyTraditional jobs such as software developers ($88,000) in Information Technology will continue to be in high-demand, but cybersecurity will take the spotlight as employers search for specialists in the area. The average occupation salary is $103,000 and has a projected job growth rate of 32 percent annually.

Java script developers will also take part in the 2020s workforce as the career path will see job growth of 25 percent and $83,000 annual salary.

Health Care – Making it a Priority

One of the biggest changes we saw during the 2010s was people breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health and more open discussion about mental health issues. This awareness has led to a demand for more behavioral health technicians, with employment in the field projected to grow 32 percent annually.

The demand for more Physical therapists is also expected to increase this decade as more people experience physical pain and complications due to reduced physical activity activities brought on by the developments in technology that have made our life much more sedentary.

Whichever career path interests you as you think about your future. Broward College has the programs to get you there. Explore the opportunities available in engineering, IT, and health science at Broward College.