The Keiser Graduate School and the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Area
The Graduate School of Keiser University is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ft. Lauderdale is conveniently located between Miami and West Palm Beach in Florida’s southeast region. The area has 1,211 square-miles of tropical landscape and 23 miles of Atlantic Coast beaches, with an average temperature of 83 degrees, making the Fort Lauderdale area a desirable place to live and work. The area is home to 1.6 million residents, and another 3.4 million reside between Miami and West Palm Beach.
Golfing, fishing, and boating are among the many leisure activities enjoyed by both visitors and residents. Several cultural, historic, and scientific resource facilities are located in the Fort Lauderdale area including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Broward County has the nation’s largest fully accredited school system, eleven colleges and universities, and four career and technical centers. Close to 40 hospitals serve the medical needs of our community.
This canal-laced city is a far cry from its spring break party image of the past. Following renovation and renewal, upscale stores and restaurants have replaced fast-food stands and T-shirt shops. But the stretch of gorgeous beaches, great swimming, nearly year-round sunshine and close-to-ideal climate are the city’s biggest draws. For great shopping and dining, stroll down Las Olas Boulevard, which is lined with top-notch boutiques and restaurants. Nightlife lovers flock to the nearby Riverfront area, packed with bars and free entertainment. The city has a host of family-friendly options, such as Everglades Holiday Park and the Museum of Discovery and Science. With the network of canals and waterways, boats are part of the Lauderdale lifestyle, and tourists can get in on the act by renting a boat or hailing a water taxi. There’s a lot to do here, but be sure to spend some quiet time just soaking up the sun or strolling along the beach between your studies.
Located at the center of the tri-county region, the Ft. Lauderdale area offers a wide array of business opportunities for growth-oriented service, distribution, manufacturing, retail and construction firms. From software technology to international trade, from financial services to tourism, Greater Fort Lauderdale enjoys a robust, diversified business climate. In recent years, Broward County (metropolitan Fort Lauderdale) has substantially outpaced the national economic growth rate, while the county’s population has climbed to nearly 1.7 million.
For many decades, the visitor industry has been the largest segment of Broward’s economy. Last year, more than 8.7 million leisure and business travelers visited Broward, generating nearly 100,000 annual and 35,000 seasonal jobs, according to Nicki Grossman, president and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has a long-standing high-tech heritage, supported by strong regional organizations like the South Florida BioScience Consortium, which promotes biotechnology, and InternetCoast, which focus on communication technology.
With more than 300 miles of waterways, marinas and marine manufacturing and repair facilities, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a world-renowned port of call for the yachting industry and home to the world’s largest boat show. Frank Herhold, executive director, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, notes that Broward County generates almost one-third of Florida’s marine sales. “There’s a long-standing saying in the marine industry that if you can’t find something in Fort Lauderdale, it’s not findable,” he says.
Within the marine industry, Broward caters to the “mega-yacht” market. More than 1,400 vessels over 80 feet visit the county each year on their way to the Caribbean or other destinations around the world. “Boating is an important part of the Broward economy, as well as the lifestyle of South Florida,” says Herhold.
Financial services are another vital contributor to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s prosperity. A recent “State Farm Fiscally Fit Cities Report,” the first study of its kind, ranked Fort Lauderdale as one of the top 10 most ‘fiscally fit’ cities in America based on three primary categories: investments, insurance and quality of life.
Information provided by the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Photographs are courtesy of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
Meisha Ebanks, R.N.
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Carlos Ramirez Flores
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
Connie Sue Centrella
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Annelise Merriner, PA-C
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.
Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate