Microsoft Techspark Grant spurs Collaboration with Southwest Florida Partners
We are so proud to announce that we are beginning to work with Microsoft TechSpark to foster inclusive economic opportunity, job creation, and innovation in Southwest Florida.
This collaboration with Microsoft, The Immokalee Foundation, and The Collier Industrial Development Authority, named TechSpark Immokalee, is funded by a Microsoft grant and is the first of its kind in Florida. This will be a two-year pilot program aimed at bridging the gap between youth education and digital skills needed for success in the modern workforce. Thanks to matching funds provided by Collier County Industrial Authority Collier EDO, 157 Immokalee Foundation middle school students will attend a four-week program at Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee Community School where they will follow a curriculum based on building digital skills that impact future jobs. This includes data processing, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and generative artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT