IT Academy

IT Academy

Are you unemployed and seeking new skills? Are you underemployed and want to earn more? Are you a veteran and looking for a new career? Then you may qualify for a grant-funded, computer-training program. UWF will offer computer network certifications and cyber security training to qualified participants at no cost. The 4-month program includes course materials and face-to-face instruction.


IT Academy Serves Career Changers and IT Professionals through a grant program known as Florida Hire Ed

To learn more about training at the University of West Florida IT Academy, apply online or call 850-474-3083. A limited number of seats are available in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Funding Available

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a grant to the University of West Florida and Chipola College to provide education, training and job placement assistance to meet the demand for high-skill workers in Northwest Florida. The project, Florida Hire Ed, allows UWF and Chipola College to enhance or increase the employment prospects for

  1. Unemployed or dislocated workers
  2. Veterans
  3. Women and African Americans
  4. Low-income or under-employed individuals.

Employment Prospects for IT Professionals

Nationwide, employment of computer support specialists is expected to increase by 13 percent from 2006 to 2016. Job growth will continue to be driven by the ongoing expansion of the computer system design and cyber security, which is projected to remain one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy. 

The University of West Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination toward employees, applicants, and students with respect to race, color, religion, age, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, veteran status, and sexual orientation. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to discuss any Equal Opportunity/Equal Access issues of concern with our HR equal opportunity personnel by calling (850) 474-2694 for an appointment. UWF promotes a non-discriminatory work and learning environment by following all applicable Federal and State Civil Rights rules and regulations. Electronic copy of EO Is The Law.

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