Tampa Bay’s information technology skills gap – detailed in the recently published report, The Tampa Bay IT Workforce Analysis, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties – highlights the challenges area technology employers are facing in finding enough local talent to fuel their fast-growing businesses. Mobile application, .Net, Java, and Agile developers, for example, are in short supply in the region. This has led to a talent war among employers for people who have those skills, while job seeking college grads and experienced IT professionals who don’t continue looking for work. To help remedy this situation, Haneke Design and USF St. Petersburg have partnered to create a new Apple iOS Mobile Application Developer course that will teach students how to create a mobile application from concept to finished product in just 12 weeks.
The course begins July 13 and will take place at the USF St. Petersburg Campus. Space is limited and early sign up is strongly encouraged. Registration information can be found online at http://bit.ly/125S3Ya.
“Like many other technology companies, our greatest challenge has been finding people with 3 – 5 years of experience who can deploy the skills we need most from Day One on the job,” said Jody Haneke, president of Haneke Design, a mobile application development firm based in Tampa. “One way to address this problem is to encourage students, veteran developers, and service members entering the civilian workforce to take courses like these, so they can get those highly desired skills and show that they have experience in delivering completed, professional-quality projects.”
Students who enroll in the iOS Mobile Application Developer Course will work directly with instructor Jesse Curry, Haneke Design’s director of development, who leads the agency’s mobile team and has developed dozens of Apple iOS mobile applications for enterprises across the country. Each student will learn how to create a mobile application from concept to finished product using Apple’s Software Developer Kit. Over the course of 12 weeks, students will attend weekly classes to gain a solid foundation in iOS mobile application development, apply the knowledge gained immediately after lecture in the lab with Curry, and have access to him for one hour five days a week to ask questions and obtain extra support for their projects in progress. Students who successfully complete this course will be given a certificate confirming their ability to build a working mobile application. They will possess the skills required by most employers hiring entry level iOS developers today.
“We are very excited to partner with Haneke Design to offer this timely and valuable course to our students and this community,” said Maling Ebrahimpour, PhD, dean of the USF St. Petersburg College of Business. “USF St. Petersburg has a valuable role to play in fueling the growth of this region’s economy by ensuring that our students receive both the classic academic training that is foundational to their chosen profession as well as opportunities to acquire the latest in demand skills that will make them more marketable in high-growth, fast-changing industries like technology. In addition, by collaborating with area business leaders to develop solutions for our region’s most pressing talent challenges, USF St. Petersburg’s College of Business adds even greater value in helping fuel Tampa Bay’s economic growth.”
For more information about the iOS Mobile Application Developer course, contact Dr. Alison Watkins, Associate Dean for Graduate & Executive Education and Associate Professor of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at USF St. Petersburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-873-4086.