Welcome to the digital forefront of Miami’s tech revolution, where Miami Tech Works leads the charge! Due to an influx of tech talent from around the world over the last few years, Miami emerged as a technology hub. According to the 2021 U.S. Census, 58.1 percent of South Florida’s residents are born in another country. In addition, Computer Science and Data Analysis are rapidly growing fields in the South Florida ecosystem, according to Lightcast data. That said, Miami Tech Works is the key to unlocking Miami’s potential from a tech hub into a tech powerhouse.

Miami Tech Works showcasing our esteemed training providers.

Critical to South Florida’s digital transformation is the proven leadership of diverse training providers in the region, a mix of esteemed local universities, and groundbreaking bootcamps shaping the future of Miami’s tech scene. Let’s dive into this dynamic landscape and explore how these institutions are preparing the future of the tech workforce in Miami.

Local Universities, Private Sector Bootcamps, and Non-Profits

Local Universities: The Cornerstones of Miami’s Tech Education

Miami’s tech education is rich and diverse, thanks to leading local academic institutions such as Miami Dade College, Florida International University, and Florida Memorial University. Each degree-granting institution brings something unique to the table, creating an educational powerhouse essential to the success of Miami Tech Works.

Miami Dade College, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

Miami Dade College (MDC): Accessibility Meets Technology

MDC champions inclusivity in tech education. Their wide range of programs covers everything from basic IT skills to cutting-edge technologies, creating a versatile and adaptable workforce ready to tackle the digital world

A true success story, Perla Oquendo, a cybersecurity bachelor’s degree graduate from MDC, landed a SOC analyst position at Kaseya, the market leader in IT and security management.

In 2024, MDC is set to launch the first bachelor’s degree in Applied Artificial Intelligence in Florida.

Florida International University, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

Florida International University (FIU): Where Innovation Meets Application

Offering 11 academic degree programs from undergraduate to doctorate degrees, Florida International University is a hub of industry-aligned innovation. Their programs blend rigorous academics with real-world applications, equipping students with a perfect mix of theoretical and practical tech skills. With almost 4,000 undergraduate students enrolled across five technology degree programs, FIU is the No. 29 university in the nation and the fourth-ranked public university, according to the America’s Best Colleges 2024 rankings.

Florida Memorial University, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

Florida Memorial University (FMU): Blending Tradition with Technology

At Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only historically Black university, the focus is on a curriculum that marries traditional learning with modern tech skills. Their approach prepares students to think critically and solve problems creatively, essential skills in today’s fast-paced tech world. FMU transforms lives and helps to create a future for people from many races, ethnicities, countries, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Together, these institutions are the backbone of Miami’s tech education, nurturing skilled professionals who are ready to shape the tech landscape of tomorrow.

Private Sector Bootcamps: Bridging Theory and Practice

In the midst of Miami’s tech transformation stand private tech bootcamps such as 4Geeks Academy and BrainStation, synonymous with innovation and hands-on learning. In addition, these organizations provide specialized guidance to those individuals with workforce experience who are in the midst of a career transition.

4Geeks Academy, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

4Geeks Academy: Personalized Learning for Tech Success

4Geeks Academy stands out with its personalized approach. They offer flexible learning paths, from part-time to full-time courses, tailored to individual needs and goals. Known for their web development programs, they balance core coding skills with the latest web technologies.

Brainstation, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

Brainstation: Cutting-Edge Learning for the Tech Curious

Brainstation is at the forefront of emerging tech trends. Their courses in data science, UX design, and digital marketing are crafted to meet industry demands. Project-based learning and a network of industry professionals make Brainstation a beacon for those seeking practical, real-world tech skills.

OIC of South Florida, a training partner with Miami Tech Works.

Non-Profit Beacon, OIC of South Florida: Weaving a Stronger Community Fabric

OIC of South Florida plays a crucial role in the socio-economic upliftment of the community through job training and employment opportunities. Their focus on IT, cybersecurity, fiber optics, and power skills ensures well-rounded individuals ready to make their mark in the tech industry.

A Collective Journey Towards Technological Empowerment

As we reflect on the contributions of each training provider to Miami Tech Works, their commitment to excellence in career preparation, workforce training, support services, and job placement collectively ensures that Miami’s tech sector is vibrant, inclusive, and forward-thinking. From traditional educational institutions to innovative skills-based training platforms, these training providers are driving Miami toward a bright, tech-savvy future. Rather than just celebrating its own success, Miami Tech Works is setting the stage for a technologically empowered Miami.

As Miami continues to secure its place as a technology hub and the number of local employers climbs to new heights, training providers will answer the call by meeting employers’ needs to keep pace with industry demand – from certification programs for reskilling and upskilling, micro-credentials, A.I. programs, and beyond. Training providers who wish to stay involved with employers should join the Miami Tech Talent Coalition, hosted by Miami Tech Works, by visiting https://refreshmiami.com/miami-tech-talent-coalition/.