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Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Florida Polytechnic’s President Dr. Randy Avent

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Florida Polytechnic’s President Dr. Randy Avent, explains how the university is helping keep their STEM-trained students in Florida to fill jobs and grow Florida’s economy.

“The average salary across the state [for recent college graduates] is about $46,000,” said Avent. “But students that are in our fields are getting about $82,000. So, they’re making about $40,000 more over their career, and that is contributing to economic development.”

The need for skilled workers continues to be the number one concern among job creators across Florida. This is the 10th quarter in a row that the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Index Survey ranked workforce quality as the top issue of concern.

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