Keiser University Celebrates Forty Years
We thank you for your interest in Keiser University as we proudly celebrate 40 years as a talent development leader. Keiser University provides more than 100 doctoral through associate degrees in critical workforce shortage areas including nursing and physician’s assistant; information technology; management information systems; logistics/distribution; defense and homeland security; cyber forensics and information security.
Sixty-six percent of graduates complete degrees in the STEM and healthcare fields annually. Keiser is the second largest producer of associate of science nursing degree graduates in Florida and sixth in the nation.
Keiser provides real opportunities to a diverse student body. More than two-thirds of Keiser students are women. African Americans compose 21% and Hispanics make up 28% of Keiser’s students. 20% of Keiser University’s student body is active duty military, veterans or military family members.
The “students first” philosophy combines advanced technical training with “soft skills” leadership preparation, financial literacy, student support services including tutoring, writing and math labs, monitored learning gains, and flexible scheduling options for working adults to attend day, evening, and online classes.
Seen as an innovator, Keiser University, in partnership with over 1,000 industry leading advisors, works with employers to bring customized training to students at their jobsite, online, and at its 19 Florida campuses and internationally.
Keiser University is a vital educational resource and economic driver in Florida. As the third largest private, not-for-profit, Level VI SACS accredited University with 20,000 students, 3,800 employees and 66,000 alumni, its annual economic impact is over $3 billion.
Florida and the Nation’s Skilled Worker Gap
A shortage of skilled, qualified workers in America has become one of the largest problems facing our nation and labor force. While U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in July, there are still six million skilled jobs available. American employers can’t find technically trained, skilled workers.
Private college and University education can help remedy this shortfall and fill this gap, but only with a renewed partnership between University leaders, education officials in Washington and the White House.
Half of more than 300 South Florida employers surveyed say they’re finding it difficult to find employees who have the technical and soft skills they need, according to a new tri-county Workforce Skills Gap report. (FL Sun Sentential 04/18/17 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-skills-gap-broward-20170414-story.html) The study also found that the highest future demand for regional employees will be in the aviation and aerospace sectors and in information technology.
In 2015 JP Morgan Chase issued a report saying: “But whether from unemployment, low educational attainment, or lack of technical skills, too many of the region’s residents are not benefiting from economic growth. 52% of Miami-Dade County residents —regardless of whether they completed high school — lack the basic literacy skills (reading, writing, math) needed to enter career pathways in the IT and T&L sectors.”
College Graduates Need More than Technical Training
The Florida Workforce Skills Gap report also noted a need by Florida employers to have workers who are adept in “Soft skills” including critical thinking, communications and teamwork, punctuality and reliability. Keiser helps our students develop and hone these “soft skills” which are critical to success in a professional work environment.
Keiser stresses proper dress, the importance of being on time, the ability to communicate with a team, and thinking beyond the obvious to resolve problems. At Keiser University we lay out our expectations through various policies including our professional behavior policy, academic honesty policy, and honor code.
We also reinforce “student responsibility” because personal accountability still matters in your education, on the job, and in life. We encourage discussion, debate, and often times classes will include elements that require working in teams so students learn how to communicate clearly and effectively with others as well as build upon and/or critique ideas. This helps develop critical leadership skills.
Soft skills matter – be on time, be accountable, dress properly, communicate clearly, be an honest and hard worker, work well with your colleagues. This will help you be successful in your career.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.