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    Dr. Aysegul Timur (Hodges University) and Dr. John Meyer (formerly Florida SouthWestern State College ) presented the Workforce Now regional initiative as partners of the FutureMakers Coalition at the 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit in Orlando on May 11-12, 2016. The presentation was moderated by Sarah Owen, president and chief executive officer, Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

  • Future-Makers-PartnerHow can businesses, local governments and higher education institutions partner to offer postsecondary programs to fill regional workforce needs? In Southwest Florida, Workforce Now, a regional research initiative of local higher education institutions (Hodges University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College) that recently joined forces with  FutureMakers Coalition, provides in-kind support and information on workforce gaps, skills and characteristics to educators and the public. The presentation focuses on how Workforce Now is impacting workforce development in Southwest Florida and strategies for how to build cross-sector workforce partnerships in a community.  View the PowerPoint presentation (PDF) Dr. Timur and Dr. Meyer used for the event. 

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    Dr. Meyer, Sarah Owen, and Dr. Timur


    Workforce Now is a research initiative that studies the regional workforce and is comprised of researchers from Hodges University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. Workforce Now is a partner to the FutureMakers Coalition, a cross-sector coalition from Hendry, Glades, Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties with the shared goal of closing the higher education gap and, more importantly, retaining those high-skilled Southwest Floridians in jobs within the region.

  • Workforce Now Reports

    Workforce Overview Study: 2017
    December 2017 - This is the fifth annual Southwest Florida workforce overview study providing key information about industries, occupations, employment gaps and projected job growth.

    Workforce Overview Study: 2016
    December 2016 - This is the fourth annual Southwest Florida workforce overview study providing key information about industries, occupations, employment gaps and projected job growth.

    Workforce Overview Study: 2015
    May 2016 - An annual overview of the industries, growth trends, employment needs and projected demands for occupations in Southwest Florida through 2022.

    IT Employment in Southwest Florida: Opportunities and Challenges: 2014
    October 2014 - A review of requirements for employment and employment opportunities in technology related fields in Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

    Workforce Overview Study: 2014
    October 2014 - An updated overview of the Southwest Florida labor market.

    Workforce Overview Study: 2013
    October 2013 - An annual overview of the industries, growth trends, employment needs and projected demands for occupations in Southwest Florida through 2020.

    Key Stakeholders Interview: Educational Institutions
    September 2013 - The third study of the Workforce Now initiatives is comprised of interviews with stakeholders from public and private educational institutions in the Southwest Florida region.

    Identification of Critical Position and Skill Gaps for Financial/Insurance/Banking, Construction/Manufacturing, and Tourism/Hospitality
    May 2013 - The second study in the Workforce Now initiatives identifies skill requirements and workforce gaps in three key business sectors. 

    Three Major Employers in SW Florida: Identification of Critical Position/Skill Gaps 
    April 2013 - The first report in the Workforce Now series identifies employment gaps and required employee skill sets as identified by three major Southwest Florida employers. 


    For the third straight year, the Johnson School of Business hosted the Collier County Public Schools Entrepreneurship Program Innovation Competition & Showcase. The competition was held on Friday, May 20, at the Hodges University Stock Building in Naples, Fla. The competition is the culminating event for the entrepreneurship program launched in all Collier County high schools in 2013. Now, with the entrepreneurship program being in its third year, the program has been enhanced to reflect new improvements. 

  • The INCubatoredu@CCPS program now offers students an authentic entrepreneurship experience. Students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program spend the year focusing on real-life business activities, including the development and presentation of a business plan.  Additionally, they have the opportunity to form an idea and test a concept. Each school held its own competition to select a team who presented their plan to a panel of entrepreneurial business experts at this district-wide competition. The two leading entrepreneurship teams from each Collier County high school pitched their business in front of a judging panel composed of Collier County business leaders. In addition, all students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program had the opportunity to compete in work-based learning competitions, such as public speaking skills, interview skills and elevator speeches, as well as business knowledge based competitions in entrepreneurship, finance and marketing and management.

    It has been a great honor for alumni, advisory board members, faculty, our high school coordinator and staff of the Johnson School of Business to be able to participate as judges and supporters in this event for the thriving, innovative youth of Collier County.

    Hodges University and the Johnson School of Business congratulate the winners from Lorenzo Walker Technical High School – The Gamers Tank, as well as second place winners Gulf Coast High School – Foot Shield.

    The full result list can be found on the Collier County Public Schools website.


    Hodges University, in collaboration with The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, conducts the Collier County Business Climate Survey annually. The survey is designed to assess key executives’ perception of the overall business conditions in Collier County, to identify key concerns and issues facing existing businesses in Collier County, and to help predict future trends and expectations for growth.


    The purpose of the Collier County Comparative Analysis Project was to investigate and research county government and business community practices. Eleven Florida counties were identified to conduct a comparative analysis of the economic and demographic indicators with Collier County (Report I) and to poll information related to respective economic development and diversity efforts (Report II).


    The purpose of the Neighborhood Health Clinic Needs Assessment is to create a community profile for Collier County to better assess the demand for services provided by the Neighborhood Health Clinic, a nonprofit clinic serving employed, uninsured individuals in Collier County.


    Hodges University assists the Community Foundation of Collier County with Vital Signs, a tool that provides Community Foundation staff, its grant making committees, all civic leaders and the broader public with information to assess need in Collier County.

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