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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