Local STEM nonprofit gets an academic boost, hoping to inspire more student’s STEM interests. Partnership between Jacksonville University and Renaissance Jax announced.

(courtesy of News4Jax.com)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Renaissance Jax is helping lead the way in inspiring more Northeast Florida students to explore the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and now its impact will be felt even further with Jacksonville University as its Official Education Partner. According to the Renaissance Jax website, they aim to aid local children in their discovery of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in an enjoyable educational setting that inspires educational and real-world achievement. They support and sponsor children who participate in robotics competitions, and they aim to support 300 teams in Duval county alone.

A new agreement will bring academic and financial support to the nonprofit, which is the official Lego League Affiliate Partner for the national nonprofit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Renaissance Jax, founded by Mark McCombs, supports nearly 2,000 K-12 students of promise across 20 Northeast Florida counties as they take part in robotics competitions. Its goal is to have the largest number of competitive robotics participants per capita globally by 2021.

Jacksonville University will provide annual scholarships to five incoming freshmen who have competed in at least one full season on a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team during high school. The scholarships are awarded to students who intend to pursue an education in engineering, physics, computing sciences or mathematics.

“Renaissance Jax represents the leading edge of robotics competition, and we are proud to be its Official Education Partner,” said JU President Tim Cost. “This partnership aligns with our education goal of supporting organizations that impact and improve educational opportunities for Florida’s K-12 students. As Jacksonville University continues to intensify its emphasis on science, engineering, technology and related fields, we look forward to working with a true innovator like Mark McCombs to enhance academic rigor across the region.”

First

In addition to its financial support and targeted scholarships, JU will:

-Provide faculty/staff executive to serve on the Renaissance Jax Board of Directors.
-Develop Renaissance Jax internship opportunities for JU students.
-Conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of Duval County Public Schools student participation in LEGO League.
-Develop a multi-year survey to assess students’ attitudes toward STEM and academic achievement.
-Sponsor teams that have won the annual FIRST LEGO League Regional contest to help with their travel and registration expenses as they advance in regional and national competition.

JU has added undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM fields in recent years, hired additional faculty and invested in new facilities as it engages with the community to produce work-ready and life-ready graduates. With a mutual desire to spark young students’ interest in educational and career opportunities in STEM fields – a priority for the region – JU and Renaissance Jax developed the opportunity to join forces to bolster efforts that bring students direct, hands-on experiences to explore their love for engineering, math, technology and science.

“The community that is growing around FIRST in Northeast Florida is amazing in the ways that they are fostering so many young people’s future opportunities and positive mindsets toward problem solving. JU’s $100,000 scholarship program is a bold statement of its support of FIRST and the work that Renaissance Jax is doing, and I know it will invigorate the pursuits of our high school students in our region,” said McCombs.

“The real story here will be the accomplishments of the students who come through FIRST locally and then build their lives in our community. The growth that will come from our FIRST alumni will be tremendous for Jacksonville and the rest of Northeast Florida.”

FIRST is an international youth organization founded in 1989 that operates robotics competitions. Renaissance Jax, which has held competitions at JU in the past, has a goal of supporting more than 300 teams and 6,500 students in the region by 2021 in designing, building and programming robots. McCombs founded the organization and has been involved in robotics himself since high school.

The new arrangement is designed to ignite the passions of even more students to become scientists, engineers and skilled workers, so that Northeast Florida is attractive when companies look to relocate here and see a large talent pool in math and technology, McCombs said.

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FSCJ: Information Technology Training Programs

Learn to design software programs, develop websites, and manage computer networking systems at FSCJ.

Do you want to develop the latest innovative application to improve our quality of life, plan and manage an organization’s IT infrastructure, provide hands-on computer and network support or even learn the techniques of computer hacking and investigate computer crimes?

Begin with an Associate in Science degree in Computer Information Technology, Network Services Technology or IT Security, or earn optional specialized technical certificates included within the program such as web development, computer programming, database development or computer forensics. After completion, you can pursue industry certification and employment or progress to a bachelor’s degree. Our Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunication and Information Technology Management provide a combination of important management skills with higher-level technical abilities. You’ll receive hands-on learning in labs which mirror the technology found in today’s corporate environment and receive real-world experience through internship opportunities. Advance your technological education at FSCJ!

Source: http://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/information-technology

 

 

 

Prove you’ve got the soft skills IT professionals need

Communication, teamwork, problem-solving, enthusiasm, organisation… All IT employers have a checklist of core competencies against which they assess candidates and it’s not just technical skills that must be up to the mark.

While some IT companies look for predictable skills such as knowledge of C++, JavaScript or .Net, many other have more surprising requirements. Technology recruits have been known to look for creativity, the ability to be self-critical and the ability to help colleagues get their jobs done and enjoy their day.

Developing soft skills for IT graduate jobs

Many IT graduate schemes call for soft skills and commercial awareness just as much – or more – than technical understanding, particularly for business-focused roles such as consulting. Technical graduates can find themselves up against arts or social science graduates for such roles and can sometimes miss out due to less well developed soft skills. If you need to build your confidence in giving presentations or teamwork, for example, consider taking an active role in a club or society where you can develop these.

Below is a round-up of key skills that are required for almost all IT graduate schemes.

Key skill 1: Communication

IT systems are only relevant in a business context so IT professionals need the ability to communicate well with people at all levels in an organisation, from help desk assistants and PC end users to company directors. It’s important to be able to listen and understand, as well as explain technology at an appropriate level for the audience. In client-focusing roles IT professionals must also communicate clearly with clients to understand and define system requirements.

Demonstrate your graduate communication skills by:

  • Keeping verbal and written communication clear, concise and confident.
  • Showing you understand your audience and can tailor your communication to them.
  • Showing you can listen to and consider the views of others.
  • Thinking before you speak.

Key skill 2: Planning and organisation

The IT sector is a project-focused industry. Good planning and organisation skills are essential for graduates entering the tech business, in order to manage tasks on different projects with different deadlines and competing priorities. Effective planning makes it possible to anticipate problems and challenges and transform them into positive opportunities.

Demonstrate your graduate planning and organisation skills by:

  • Showing that you can put structure to a task or project.
  • Highlighting how you scope out an activity and allocate time to individual tasks.
  • Showing how you anticipate challenges and issues that could arise and plan contingencies.

Key skill 3: Drive, motivation and enthusiasm

Drive and motivation are essential for working in this incredibly fast-paced industry. You need to enjoy taking on new challenges, pushing boundaries and looking towards the future. Graduate recruiters warm to enthusiastic candidates because they know that enthusiastic people are motivated people.

Demonstrate your drive, motivation and enthusiasm by:

  • Showing you have the determination to achieve an end result.
  • Demonstrating that you can keep your optimism and enthusiasm even when things get tough.
  • Showing that you can bounce back from set backs.
  • Knowing what makes yourself tick and what types of task and activity you most enjoy doing.

Key skill 4: Problem-solving

Working in IT you need to have the ability to define problems in a timely manner, identify the root causes, and then gather relevant information to find appropriate solutions. But problem-solving goes beyond resolving just technical issues. You may also need to suggest enhancements to existing procedures and processes to deliver improved service, a better product and most importantly, satisfied clients.

Demonstrate your graduate problem-solving skills by:

  • Displaying that you can take a logical and analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Showing that you can view problems from a number of angles.
  • Demonstrating that you can anticipate potential pitfalls and act to prevent them happening.

Key skill 5: Teamwork

Teamwork is essential for sharing knowledge, establishing and building relationships and supporting all the people involved on a project. Teamwork requires interpersonal skills and at times, leadership qualities so that you can consider and respond appropriately to the behaviour and motives of others, adapt your personal style accordingly, or step out in front to bring others with you.

Demonstrate your graduate teamwork skills by:

  • Showing that you can build and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Demonstrating how you share information with others; support others and show respect for alternative views.
  • Showing how you have contributed to keeping projects on track and to achieving a final goal, working sensitively and co-operatively with others.
  • Showing how you have considered and identified what motivates others and how you have led by example.

Source: https://targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors/it-and-technology/285645-prove-youve-got-the-soft-skills-it-professionals-need

Florida State College of Jacksonville – Web Development Specialist

Web Development Specialist (6954) (T.C.)

 

Technical Certificate

The explosive growth of the Internet and electronic commerce affects almost every company and organization today. Most medium to large size corporations and organizations, and many small businesses, now develop web sites for electronic commerce, to develop marketing relationships, distribute company information to employees and their customers, and to access vital information in databases. The Web Development Specialist Technical Certificate provides the necessary coursework and hands-on experiences to enable graduates to design, develop, maintain, manage and administer comprehensive web sites for corporations and organizations. The program also provides a foundation for various certification examinations in Webmaster/Web Development.

This program does not provide a Florida state technical certificate but does provide a Florida State College at Jacksonville certificate.

Need More Information? Contact:

Steven Miller, South Campus, (904) 646-2022 or s.miller@fscj.edu

Curriculum

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 22
•CGS 2820 – Web Site Design and Development Credit Hours: 4
•CGS 2821 – Advanced Web Site Design and Development Credit Hours: 4
•COP 1000 – Introduction to Computer Programming Credit Hours: 3
•CTS 2440 – Oracle SQL and PL/SQL Credit Hours: 4
•COP 2822 – Web Technologies Credit Hours: 4
•COP 2551 – Introduction to Object Oriented Programming with Java Credit Hours: 3
or COP 2842 – Internet Programming Credit Hours: 4

Total Credit Hours: 22 / Program Length: 9 Months

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.
1.Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
2.Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
3.Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
4.Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
1.A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
2.Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
3.Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or co-requisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
4.Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

Articulation

This certificate articulates directly into the Computer Information Technology (2153) (A.S.) degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

For more information: http://catalog.fscj.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=33&poid=5385