Attracting and retaining qualified employees has long been a challenge for business and industry. Employers expect today’s college graduates to be immediately functional with as short a learning curve as possible.
As a trainer of Florida’s workforce, Southwest Florida College is working to insure that its graduates are “job ready” by incorporating “employer driven outcomes” into all of its programs. “We are listening to our advisory boards and embracing what they say are the skills that students who graduate need to have,” said Dr. Barbara Calabro, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southwest Florida College.
The faculty of Southwest Florida College is transitioning its programs to focus on specific outcomes that are expected by today’s employers. “As ‘A College Listening to Employers’ nowhere is that philosophy more evident than in a curriculum that teaches what employers want and expect,” said Dr. Calabro.
Employment in the field remains a high priority for the Career Services team. “While no one can guarantee a job, employers are more apt to hire graduates who possess the right skill sets,” said Margaret Pace, Director of Graduate Placement.
Employers such as Barbara Rodriguez, Practice Administrator at Doctor’s Family Clinic, seek Southwest Florida college graduates because of their level of preparation. According to Rodriguez, “the hands-on learning at Southwest Florida College is impressive. I look to Southwest Florida College first before I post an ad to find an employee. Southwest Florida College is the only school I will work with.”
Additional employer testimonials are available on the College’s website located at http://www.swfc.edu/.
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime career placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and Bonita Springs and also includes the Institute of Interior Design located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888-279-2342 or visit http://www.swfc.edu/.