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University of South Florida Announces Partnership to Help Close Technology Talent Gap

TAMPA, FL – The University of South Florida (USF) and technology talent development company Revature have unveiled a newly designed learning space at USF that will serve as an on-campus hub geared toward eliminating the technology skills gap and driving economic growth in the Tampa Bay area and across the state of Florida.

In keeping with USF’s dedication to student success, the expanded Revature partnership offers students a new opportunity to build on the skills they have developed while completing their degree programs at the university, by gaining additional expertise necessary in today’s competitive technology fields. The training from Revature comes at no cost to students and helps place graduates in high-paying, high-demand jobs in software engineering fields.

This expanded partnership also helps address an important need identified in a regional competitiveness report released in November. The report noted that growing the technology talent pool in Tampa Bay is key to the region attracting new businesses, startup companies and more jobs.

“We are delighted to partner with USF,” Revature Executive Vice President Joe Mitchell says. “Over the next two years, we will be investing over $20 million to hire and train 1,300 software engineers in Tampa at our new regional center on-campus at USF. We are excited by the prospect of hiring many talented USF graduates and attracting college graduates from across the country to train here. With tech talent in short supply nationally this partnership provides a massive boost to companies in Tampa Bay and Florida looking to hire certified software engineers.”

Since the USF and Revature partnership began in 2016, students have attended an intensive 12-week coding program at the company’s headquarters in Reston, VA. The program has produced positive results, with nearly 150 students placed in new jobs. Through the expanded partnership announced today, recent graduates throughout the State University System of Florida can now participate in the program on USF’s campus in Tampa.

Jessica Kline graduated from USF with a bachelor’s degree in public health before completing the Revature program and landing a job as a contractor with Boeing.

“After expressing interest in expanding my skillset, I was told by a friend about USF’s new partnership with Revature,” Kline explains. “Because I didn’t have a background in tech, I enrolled in Revature’s online program before starting the 12-week training program. I’ve been able to use the skills I gained to better engage with the business side of things and maintain productive relationships with my coworkers.”

University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft says the partnership is an example of how the university prepares students to compete in an evolving global workforce.

“Building a strong talent pipeline is the most critical factor in a community’s ability to compete and prosper, and we are on the cutting edge nationally when it comes to partnerships between higher education and private enterprise,” Genshaft says. “This really is an outstanding partnership, and we appreciate the company’s commitment to growing its program here at USF.”

More information about the program, including how to enroll, is available at www.revature.com/usf/.

About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

About Revature
Revature is a technology talent development company providing a turn-key talent acquisition solution for corporate and government partners and no-cost coding immersion programs for university graduates. We recruit, develop, and deploy enterprise-ready technology talent, enabling our corporate partners to succeed and grow. With its unique talent development strategy, Revature successfully serves a wide range of Fortune 500 enterprises, government organizations and top systems integrators. Learn more at revature.com.

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