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Broward College Combines Forces with Wyncode To Provide State-Of-Art Training in Information Technology

Technology dominates almost every area of our lives, from paying bills, household chores, ordering food, to communicating with friends and family across the world. It’s only logical that this is one of the fastest-growing industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 13 percent increase through 2026, which equals to over half a million new jobs.

Even with this demand for new Information Technology (IT) professionals, not everyone trained in the field will be hired.

Broward College knows how crucial it is to equip students with the skills necessary to give them an advantage over other candidates with similar qualifications. In its latest effort to offer the latest training, the College has partnered with Wyncode , an award-winning organization that provides web development training to hundreds of companies and individuals since 2014.

New Partnership Refreshes Program

BC male studentAs a result of the partnership, the College will this fall integrate five new courses into its bachelor degree in Information Technology Web Development specialization. Wyncode will offer support through its training providing hands-on experience focused on industry-related hard skills.

“When the opportunity to work with Broward College, which has over 60,000 undergraduate students, came up, we were extremely excited. We are looking forward to Broward College students accessing Wyncode's award-winning curriculum and learning the skills that today's technology companies are looking for," said Juha Mikkola, co-founder, and CEO of Wyncode.

Wyncode will work in conjunction with Labcode, a company that offers access to coding camps in South Florida to middle school, high school, and college students. Together, they will assist with workshops and boot camps to students enrolled in select Broward College web development courses. The hands-on workshops will be available to approximately 15-30 students per semester, and they will earn 15 of the 27 specializations credits required for the IT Web Development bachelor’s degree.

Registration for the program is still open. For more information, click here or contact  Mitch McBee, associate dean, Information Technology at cmcbee@broward.edu or (954) 201-7978.

High-paying jobs are booming in Information Technology. Broward College offers several programs that equip you with the skills you will need to succeed in the field. Learn more about these career opportunities.


Unlimited Potential! Broward UP Movement Gaining Countywide Momentum

Unlimited Potential! Broward UP™ Movement Gaining Countywide Momentum

Broward UP is on the move.

In just the last few weeks, Broward College formed partnerships with the cities of Lauderhill, West Park, Lauderdale Lakes, and Hollywood to use the services and resources of Broward UP to break down barriers to education and drive social mobility and economic development.

Broward UP – the UP stands for “Unlimited Potential” – is a community-centric approach established by Broward College to address low education attainment and the financial challenges which often accompany it. The movement is grounded in the belief that residents in some Broward County cities with low educational attainment and higher than average unemployment rates need specific support to unleash their “unlimited potential” and pursue higher education to make a better life for themselves.

“Thankfully, Broward UP is working, and we are charging forward with even greater confidence, enthusiasm, and purpose,” said Dr. Mildred Coyne, the executive director of Career and Workforce Education and Economic Development.

Lauderhill Mayor Ken Thurston said Broward UP’s first municipal partnership evolved after Broward College President Gregory Haile and his team presented their strategies at a meeting of the city commissioners. Shortly after that, the collaboration was launched at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward College in Lauderhill, where Broward UP staged a day of recreational activities and team building.

“There is a willingness by President Haile and those around him to think outside the box to find solutions to problems that have existed for a long time,” said Thurston. “The prospect of having classes in our city will increase the skills of our citizens, which should translate to increased employability for them and better jobs.”

Get Hired!

Broward College TeamWorking with the Urban League, Broward College has already awarded hundreds of certificates in areas such as, Information Technology, Supply Chain Management, and Project Management, to residents in the 33311 zip code who are seeking to improve their prospects for employment in high-demand industries. The effort has been met with such success that additional Broward UP programming is planned for the fall at several locations including the Lauderhill Aquatic Center, McTyre Park in West Park, and Jack & Jill Children’s Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Coyne said ten task-specific teams have been established and are coordinating to execute initial Broward UP goals: to increase college access and attendance; to improve degree and certificate attainment, and to holistically raise social and economic mobility. The teams are focused on business development; community engagement; financial services; locations and branding; programs, skills, and courses; retention; resource development; service-learning; social support services; and technology.

The Community Engagement team has been busy participating in events this summer to raise awareness of Broward UP in partnership cities while surveying residents to assess needs. Most recently, team members were on hand at the Carter Park JAMZ in Fort Lauderdale. Another appearance is scheduled for the “Back 2 School Bash,” 12-3 p.m., Aug. 3, at Lafayette Hart Park, in Fort Lauderdale. Led by Andrea Apa, associate professor of English for Academic Purposes and Faculty Senate president, and Lori Morton, senior Career Center specialist, the team is seeking additional volunteers from the Broward College community to help spread the word at events in Broward UP communities.

Together We Serve

Volunteers are also needed to assist in Business Development, which is led by Anthea Pennant, district director of Supplier Relationships and Diversity. The team is meeting with owners of small and micro businesses in Broward UP zip codes to determine how they can increase revenue as well as provide information to the public about the movement.

Dr. Coyne said any movement as large and as transformative as Broward UP will take time and additional effort.

“We believe there is ‘Unlimited Potential’ in our community,” she said. “Thank you to all involved. I encourage you to consider how you can contribute to this movement because together we serve.”

To learn more about how Broward UP™ plans to bridge the gaps between communities in need and postsecondary education, watch this South Florida PBS interview with Broward College President Gregory Haile, Esq., here

If you are dedicated to promoting opportunity and pushing residents of Broward County to achieve their highest potential, Broward UP™ is a countywide movement for you to get behind. Here’s how you can partner.


Latest transfer agreement will take seahawks flying to arizona

Latest Transfer Agreement Will Take Seahawks Flying to Arizona

Broward College recently unveiled an agreement that allows students who complete an Associate of Arts degree to further their studies outside Florida. The College is partnering with Arizona State University (ASU) to provide graduates a seamless transition into a bachelor’s programs at the prestigious school.

ASU has ranked number one for the last four years as the country’s most innovative university by the U.S. News & World Report.  

Students must meet the established guidelines to qualify for the transfer. To be eligible, you must meet one of the following options:

  • Earned an Associate of Arts degree with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50, or
  • Completed a Florida General Education Course with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50, or
  • Completed at least 24 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00.

What is a Transfer Agreement?

ASU transferTransfer agreements help students who earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.), and in some cases, an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree qualify for acceptance to a bachelor’s program at a university. These are exclusive partnerships, and it doesn’t mean that the student is accepted to every program offered at the university.

In Florida, most public colleges are part of a statewide articulation agreement between the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors. The articulation guarantees the transition to students who complete an A.A at a member institution of the Florida College System to one of the 12 state universities, but this an does not apply to specific programs of study.

Broward College has taken their articulation agreements a step further, partnering with several universities even outside Florida.

Other Destinations for Alumni

ASU is the latest institution to join the list of possible destinations for Broward College graduated. The College has transfer agreements with over ten universities nationwide, including:

  • University of Kentucky
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
  • Thomas University
  • Ball State University
  • University of Albany
  • Wayne State University
  • Buffalo State University
  • Marymount University
  • University of South Florida, and
  • Western Governor’s University

The College is also working to create international connections for its graduates. In May 2018, an agreement was signed with the University of Gibraltar in Spain. This allows students who complete their associate degree in South Florida or any Broward College international location, the opportunity to transfer to the University of Gibraltar.

Broward College can help create your path to the university of your dreams. What are you waiting for? If you have recently graduated from Broward College, check out the opportunities to advance your education through one of the many transfer programs available to alumni. If you’re new to the College, talk to an advisor about the best option for you to further your studies.


Broward UP gaining strength with addition of municipal partners

Broward UP™ Gaining Strength with Addition of Municipal Partners

Broward UP, the College’s community-centric approach to elevating educational attainment and lowering unemployment in Broward County, has added three more municipalities to its roster of partners.

BrowardUPIn overwhelming votes of support, the cities of West Park, Hollywood and Lauderdale Lakes agreed to join Broward UP, thus paving the way for the partnerships to work collaboratively toward the goals of promoting employment opportunities for residents while boosting economic growth in the communities.  They now join the city of Lauderhill, which was the first municipality to partner with Broward UP.

Under an MOU with each city, the College is providing direct support in the design and delivery of:

  • On-site workshops, courses, and programs for city residents
  • Certification training at identified city locations aligned to employment within the area
  • An access strategy for city employees and residents to earn Broward College degrees and certifications
  • STEM, coding and technology training
  • College and career-readiness campaign for city residents and employees
  • Entrepreneurial programming

Broward UP aims to remove barriers, improve lives through postsecondary attainment, and build partnerships to help every person realize their “Unlimited Potential.” While Broward County's unemployment rate is approximately 3.3 percent, the figure soars to more than 10 percent in some cities, with some zip codes nearing 13 percent. In response to this disparity, Broward UP has adopted three goals: increase college access and attendance, improve degree and certificate attainment, and holistically raise social and economic mobility.

"The objective of these partnerships is to work together to improve lives," said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. "We are ready to activate our resources in these communities to ensure residents have access to the training and skills needed to improve their careers and overall livelihoods."

The College is also pursuing partnerships with other municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, places of worship, businesses, and funders.

To learn more about how Broward UP™ plans to bridge the gaps between communities in need and postsecondary education, watch this South Florida PBS interview with Broward College President Gregory Haile, Esq., here

If you want to participate in promoting opportunity for residents of Broward County to achieve their highest potential, Broward UP™ could use your help.  Here’s how you can partner.


Social behavioral sciences and human services pathway

Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Pathway Offers a Cohort of Possibilities

Students pursuing a degree in Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services (SBSHS) probably know that the pathway is all about human behavior, its relation to society, and what people can do to help others. If students are curious about humans, their behavior, their past, and evolution, then look no further. Students can find the answers when they pursue a degree in any of the career opportunities within the SBSHS pathway.

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SBSHS students during a soft skills training session

When students begin their flight as Seahawks at Broward College, they will find faculty and staff determined to help them along the way toward graduation. The SBSHS pathway is mainly focused on providing students with valuable resources to complement what they learned in the classroom.

“It’s not only about the material students learn in the classroom,” says Lulrick Balzora, dean of Academic Affairs for the SBSHS pathway. “We understand it’s important to also train our students with certain skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce, such as soft skills.”

In response, the pathway has created weekly training, called the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), that takes place every semester. PEP focuses mostly on teaching soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, time management, and emotional intelligence.

These Rewarding Careers Await

There are 13 different fields within the pathway at Broward College that can lead  to immediate employment after completion of the program. Students can also continue their education at a four-year university. Students earn Associate of Arts degrees in Anthropology, Geography, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Students can also obtain Associate of Science degrees in Human Services or Geographic Information Systems.

Several of these fields, including Psychology, Political Science, Geography, and Sociology may lead to highly-paid careers, with annual salaries ranging between $79,010 and $117,570 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs for Social Workers and Psychologists are in high demand. Both fields have faster-than-average job growth expected through 2026, at 14 and 16 percent, respectively.

Broward College is continuously ranked among the top community colleges in the nation and provides world-class education for an affordable price. Learn more about career opportunities in SBSHS and seven other pathways here.


BC students make presence felt in China

When Least Expected, Broward College Students Make Presence Felt in China

On a recent trip to China to participate in graduation ceremonies at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University, Russell McCaffery got a chance to mix business with pleasure when he unexpectedly crossed paths with some familiar faces from Broward College campuses in South Florida.

“These types of trips tend to be pretty frenetic because I’m trying to cram as much as possible in to make the best use of my time,” said McCaffery, the Broward College dean who oversees Aviation, Automotive, MarineSupply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and Building Construction programs. “To run into Broward College students and faculty from Fort Lauderdale was a nice collateral benefit to be sure.”

McCaffery was visiting China’s largest city and financial hub to congratulate the 57 Chinese nationals who earned Broward College associate degrees while taking courses at Shanghai Second Polytechnic University under a joint agreement between the schools. The Broward College students from Florida were in the midst of a one-month cultural exchange at  Shanghai Second Polytechnic University while the faculty were on campus to teach courses in Supply Chain Management and Web Design.

Expanding International Appeal

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Russell McCaffery (center) with Broward College faculty and students in Shanghai, China

In addition to conferring degrees, McCaffery was cultivating new and existing academic collaborations with China’s universities while bolstering Broward College’s international appeal.

“There are tremendous international opportunities for Broward College, but specifically in China,” said McCaffery. “A lot of Chinese students value a western education. It gives them an edge on their resumes to earn a diploma from Broward College and the United States.”

McCaffery said an associate degree from Broward College also provides a pathway for Chinese students to transfer to four-year universities. The dean is working to extend that international model to the Civil Aviation Flight University of China, located in Sichuan and considered the largest flight training institute in the world.

One of the goals is to have Chinese students come to the United States to study for two years in any one of Broward College’s aviation programs before returning to Civil Aviation Flight University to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Affairs at Work

Another plan under discussion is for Chinese students to earn an associate degree from Broward College at Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic. Broward College faculty would collaborate with Chengdu professors to teach courses in English. The Chinese students would be no different than their Broward College peers with one exception: they would not have to set foot on U.S. soil.

McCaffery said partnerships with Chinese universities are a win-win for Broward College. Not only do international students increase exposure to diverse cultures in the classroom, but they also pay higher out-of-state tuitions that help the College’s operations.

“Our international programs continue to grow,” said McCaffery. “The fact that Broward College can play a bigger role, not just in Broward County but on the world stage, is a feather in our cap.”

Students with lofty aspirations can earn associate and bachelor’s degrees and industry certifications through the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College. Learn how your career can take off.


BC student sets sights on repairing aviation mechanic shortage

Broward College Student Sets Sights on Repairing Aviation Mechanic Shortage

When he was just a kid growing up in Nigeria, Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel would build model airplanes out of paper, cardboard, and tape and power the plastic propellers with a small DC battery. Each time the primitive technology rolled off the table and failed to fly, he wondered why.

“I was in a world all my own,” said Nzekwe-Daniel, who doubles as a student and mechanic at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College. “I needed to learn how these machines work.”

That curiosity and a desire to dissect real turbine jet engines landed him at Broward College two years ago. At the end of the upcoming fall semester, he will graduate with an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance.

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Davidson, third from the left, collaborates with classmates

Finding a job that is responsible for keeping passengers and flight crew safe shouldn’t be much trouble. A Boeing report estimates that the aviation industry will need 754,000 new aircraft maintenance technicians over the next two decades, more than 80 percent of them for the growing commercial sector. But, while the demand for aviation mechanics is at an all-time high, a headwind looms on the horizon.

Nzekwe-Daniel said Federal Aviation Administration regulations that dictate what aviation programs teach aspiring mechanics had not kept pace with sophisticated industry technology. He can attest. Nzekwe-Daniel needed three attempts to gain the FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification essential for employment.

Airlines Scramble for Technicians

Part of the problem is that the FAA-enforced curriculum is time- rather than competency-based, schools with aviation programs, like Broward College, have only so many credit hours to design an academic program. With little wriggle room to incorporate subject areas beyond those dictated in the 1,900-hour syllabus, Nzekwe-Daniel said some students are unable to reinforce the competencies they need to pass their qualifying exams for FAA licenses in Airframe and Powerplant. As a result, many companies that are scrambling for maintenance technicians have joined educators to urge Congress to legislate the first revisions to the federally authorized curriculum in some 40 years.

Reluctant to wait for the government to step up to the plate, Nzekwe-Daniel, with support from Broward College faculty and administrators, took it upon himself to research a temporary solution. He created a refresher course of sorts, which he dubbed “Curriculum Practical Training, (CPT)” for Broward College aviation students who are determined to bolster their skills leading up to the FAA Practical Test Standards required for Airframe and Powerplant maintenance certification. 

Temporary Solution Takes Off

Nzekwe-Daniel said 25 students at the Aviation Institute completed CPT in June, at no cost. Two students who completed the trial offering in January already obtained FAA Airframe and Power Plant certificates and entered the workforce. Fort Lauderdale-based GA Telesis and Xtreme Aviation in Doral are interested in offering CPT to their employees.

In the meantime, Nzekwe-Daniel relishes the opportunity to spread the word about CPT to other Florida colleges with aviation programs while he promotes the virtues of flight at campus events, job fairs and at K-12 schools in Broward County.

“It’s the most satisfying feeling to help someone get their FAA license and achieve their goals,” said Nzekwe-Daniel. “I love aviation and serving others. My passion is now my purpose.”

As the global fleet of jet airliners expands, the demand for aviation mechanics is predicted to remain strong. Programs of study at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College can lead to FAA certification and help your job prospects soar.


Students receive powerful training in soft skills

Students Receive Powerful Training in Soft Skills

With an increase of 27 percent in undergraduate enrollment since 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, more qualified people with a strong set of hard skills are entering the workforce. But what many are not paying attention to is that employers are prioritizing candidates who possess an array of soft skills.

Soft skills are personal attributes, which contribute to a successful work environment, such as good communications skills, time management, and emotional intelligence.

“We understand that for our students to remain competitive in the current workforce and be a strong candidate for high-paying positions, they need to possess a solid set of soft skills. For employers, the academic knowledge is not enough,” explains Lulrick Balzora, dean of Academic Affairs for the Social Behavioral Sciences and Human Services (SBSHS) pathway.

Providing Critical Training

Professional Enhancement Program sessionThe SBSHS pathway has created the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), to equip students with the necessary soft skills needed in today’s workforce. Through PEP, students can participate in internships, research projects, practical experiences, and opportunities to shadow community leaders.

Part of the PEP curriculum is a soft skills training that takes place every Friday over ten weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the spring and fall semesters. Students have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers who discuss the applications of soft skills in the workplace and everyday life, book discussions, and classroom projects.

“It’s important that the students understand that their soft skills can be applied in every aspect of their life, not only at the workplace. The guest speakers do a great job of making this point by showing them how they apply it in their lives,” says Balzora.

Making a Deep Impact

Participants of the programs value the training it provides to them. But for most, PEP has made a deeper impact on their lives. “The Professional Enhancement Program taught me how to apply the leadership skills I learned during my time in the military in my everyday life, and even as a college student and future professional,” says Rahjanni Lusi, social work major.

When 32-year old Rahjanni left the military after eight years, she found it difficult to transition into civilian life. She was deployed several times to Afghanistan and found herself struggling with PTSD.

“Before getting involved in the PEP, I was uncomfortable, lonely, and struggling with certain issues from my military life. But once I found the program, I found what I was lacking: a sense of belonging and comradery,” says Rahjanni. “It has been a life-changing experience, and it greatly helped my transition into civilian life.”

Rahjanni’s ultimate goal is to become a mental health advocate and thanks to PEP, she’s being mentored by a therapist and has had the opportunity to see what it is like to work in the field.

Employers in today’s workplace are valuing soft skills over hard skills. Contact Lulrick Balzora at (954) 201-6514 or lbalzora@broward.edu and learn more about the free training provided by the SBSHS pathway. This program is open to all students.

Ready to change the world? Rewarding career opportunities such as Social Work, Psychology, and International Relations are available through the SBSHS pathway. Register today!


Minority male initiative

Minority Male Initiative Uncorks Potential in Broward College Student

Before he boarded the bus each morning for Broward College, Woodllyson Acluche stood before a mirror to get himself ready for class. Hidden beneath his bushy beard and unruly hair was ambition that he is fortunate his instructors could see.

“I was a scary-looking individual,” said Acluche. “It took someone from the outside to see the potential that I had to invest their time and ensure that I become a success.”

That someone was professor Kaya Hamer-Small, who encouraged Acluche one day after class to join the Minority Male Initiative, a Broward College strategy that provides underserved students with the support they need to complete their college goals. When he accepted the invitation, Acluche had no idea of the resources including mentorships, networking and leadership and like-skills training that were available to enhance his Broward College experience.

How was he to know? After all, Acluche didn’t find out about opportunities to attend Broward College until he was 21 years old. Up until then, he had little time for education. He was working mornings as a salesperson at Macy’s. His afternoons were spent grilling chicken at Pollo Tropical and the evenings involved stocking shelves at Target. Long on hard work and determination, Acluche always fell short on guidance and direction.

‘Work or Leave the House’

Woodllyson AclucheBorn in the United States, Acluche moved to Haiti when he was 10 years old to live with his aunt, and younger sister and brother. He returned to Florida seven years later to move in with his father.

“Everyone can be a father, but not everyone can be a dad,” said Acluche. “That mental and moral support, that love and compassion that you need, I didn’t have. It was either you work or leave the house.”

Acluche chose work, which meant dropping out of Miramar High School before he could complete the 11th grade. After juggling three jobs and at the recommendation of his pastor, he joined Miami Job Corps, completed his GED and pursued a trade. Those plans took an about face when an advisor convinced Acluche that a degree would be better suited to his career aspirations. He then enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and earned his associate degree in May.

Change in Attitude

Now, he looks back at the circumstances that had shaped his life and credits the peer and faculty mentors he encountered in the Minority Male Initiative and the interpersonal skills he developed for his attitude adjustment.

“I realized I didn’t have to go through college alone,” said Acluche, who is studying toward a bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management at Broward College. “It was a tremendous help to know I had a tangible place to lean on. I made lifelong friends. And I learned about all resources at Broward College that are helping me to become the man I never thought I could be.”

That man, now 26 and growing, has become a mentor himself, doubling as a peer academic leader with the Minority Male Initiative. Acluche spreads a message of hope to local high school and middle school students who, like him, want to make their mark, but don’t know where to turn.

“Yes, you are handsome,” Acluche now reminds himself confidently in front of the mirror each morning before hopping in his car to Broward College. “And you are going to conquer this.”

The Minority Male Initiative is making a difference in the lives of Broward College Students who face unique obstacles toward completing academic and career goals. See what faculty mentors and peer support can mean for you.


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$2.5 Million Grant Awarded to Broward College to Train STEM Teachers

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Broward College a $2.5 million grant over the next five years to address the critical shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers in South Florida. A 2019 report by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) showed STEM areas, such as General Science, Physical Science, and Math, lack qualified teachers.

The five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grant will fund the development of Teacher Preparation through Real-World Experience and Practice (T-Prep), a new initiative of the College’s Teacher Education program in collaboration with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), which will receive  $500,000 to support mentor training and compensation.

“At Broward College, we have recognized the need and potential to combat this shortage in our local education system,” said Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Services. “The targeted training and mentorship components of this grant will not only serve to increase the numbers of STEM and ESE teachers but, more importantly, serve to support new teachers in these critical areas to achieve student learning gains in this field.”

Meeting Local Demand

Teacher Education ProgramBCPS estimates the need for at least 50 certified STEM teachers each year. Through T-PREP, the College is targeting 25 candidates per year in the areas of Math, Science, Exceptional Education, and Computer Science. At the same time, the program will train 25 current BCPS teachers to serve as mentors to each of the candidates. A semester-long residency under the supervision of their mentors will provide student-teachers with the valuable hands-on experience necessary to transition into a full-time position at their school.

Discover a rewarding career and help fill teacher shortages in South Florida in English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading, and Exceptional Student Education. Apply today and start your journey as an educator.

Interested in pursuing a career in a high-demand field? Learn more about the valuable career opportunities in STEM.