Lawmakers Hear from Floridas Heart of High Tech

Mar 25, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – Florida Polytechnic University students and officials filled the Florida Capitol on Wednesday during an annual visit with lawmakers.

Florida Poly Day at the State Capitol included high-tech displays showcasing the University’s innovative mission, signature campus, applied research initiatives, industry partnerships and economic impact on Florida. Students from Florida Poly’s Inaugural Class were on hand to provide lawmakers with personal accounts of their experiences at the state’s newest public higher-education institution.

“Florida Poly Day is a wonderful opportunity for our state leaders to learn more about our University and our mission to prepare students to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals,” said University President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “The goal at Florida Poly is to be more than a University – we want to be an engine for innovation and a powerful economic driver for Florida.”

Florida Poly welcomed an inaugural class of 540 students on August 25, 2014. Dedicated exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Florida Poly’s approach to learning emphasizes real-world problem-solving, work experience, applied research and business leadership opportunities through industry partnerships.

The University offers six undergraduate degree programs and two master’s degree programs with 19 unique areas of concentration in the College of Engineering and the College of Innovation and Technology.

“The fields of engineering and technology have enormous economic potential for the state of Florida, but we must have a strong pipeline of STEM talent in place to realize that,” said State Senator Kelli Stargel. “The curriculum, hands-on learning and applied research opportunities Florida Poly is offering and developing will surely yield that talent.”