IBM Skills Academy

Take your skills to the next level

Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with IBM Global University Programs to provide access to relevant, cutting-edge technology education. Both students and professionals within the community may enhance their technical knowledge, skills, and abilities to remain current and earn a digital badge issued by IBM. Learn from university experts and master IBM technical skills.

Program Foundations

Learn why badges are beneficial to students, faculty, and professionals looking to advance their skills. The IBM Skills Academy prepares students and professionals to apply advanced technical skills in the workplace. Employers can confidently hire recently certified professionals and rely on FGCU to advance the skills of current staff.

Build your skills with us

Why should you earn a digital badge?

Badging began as a way to acknowledge the skills gained by students and professionals in our non-credit professional development courses. Digital badges are flexible and allow students, professionals, and staff alike to showcase their knowledge and abilities. The badges help students/professionals stand out to employers . Your digital badge says that you've achieved a credential that is relevant to your career.

Exciting credentials available for you!



Learn the basics of cybersecurity and why it's such a growing career field.



Internet of Things

IoT is reinventing the way we interact with the physical world.


Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

AI is the science behind systems that can program themselves.



Registration is now open, classes begin Fall 2021

Program Cost & Dates

NOTE: Once an IBM Skills Academy Course token is activated, a participant is no longer eligible for a refund of tuition.

Cybersecurity March 15 - April 30, 2022 $495 Register
Artificial Intelligence TBD $495 Express your general interest
Internet of Things  TBD $495 Express your general interest 


Scholarship Opportunity


Learn About the Instructors

Dr, BenfordCybersecurity and IoT taught by Dr. Tanya Benford


Dr. Benford’s research interests include business process controls and corporate governance as well as the impact of information technology on judgment and decision-making in accounting. She has published in the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems and the European Journal of Information systems, top journals in accounting and information systems. Learn More...

Dr. Ruehle

AI taught by Dr. Chrissann Ruehle


Professor Ruehle's research interests include International Business, Organizational Behavior, Social Media Communications, and the Application of Technology in the Classroom. She has presented at international conferences and published in the Conference Proceedings for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (A.C.B.S.P.) and the Marketing Management Association Educator's Conferences. Learn More...

Program Format

Student on Computer

Concepts (25%)


Hands-on Labs (35%)

Group Activities

Group Work Activities (40%)

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