We all know the job market is changing and if you didn’t know, you are finding out quickly. The unemployment rate in Southwest Florida is over 10%, has been since 2008. It is becoming increasingly difficult for a high school graduate to find a job without an advanced degree. More importantly, after good money has been spent for an education, it is still challenging to get a job without the specific skills employers want. At Southwest Florida College, we regularly ask local employers and business owners, “What do we need to teach our students, so they can succeed in the workforce?” And employers are talking. In fact, Southwest Florida College has an advisory council for each program (Business, CADD, Graphic Design, Education, Information Technology, Interior Design, Legal Studies and Allied Health). Each advisory board is made up of representatives from local businesses and community leaders that are actively telling us what students need to know upon graduation to succeed. We meet with our advisory boards on a regular basis to review any new technology or updates that may need to be made to our curriculum so our graduates have the best shot at success!Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.