South Florida’s talent pool is growing, in part thanks to concerted efforts from local academic institutions, an increase in companies and startups attracting exciting talent from the region, and the rise of alternatives for professional upskilling and capacitation.
Introduction to Educational Institutions
Universities, Coding Schools and More
- Florida International University is the largest university in South Florida, and classified as the research university with the highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.
- The University of Miami is the largest private research university in Miami, with over 16,000 students enrolled and six year graduation rates at above 80 percent.
- Miami Dade College is the largest institution of higher education in Florida, with over 165,000 students enrolled. MDC also has a U.S. Department of Education funded program for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Science called the Talent Opportunity Program, or STEM TOP intended to produce well-educated, top talent.
- Wyncode is a coding academy in the heart of Miami’s booming arts district, offering 10-week web development courses and bootcamps in UX, UI, and more. Wyncode is the first coding school in the nation to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education and is one of the first to accept the GI Bill. Wyncode graduates come out of their program with a series of skills and are placed at start-ups, high growth companies, and across all industry verticals.
- Ironhack is an international coding academy with a base in Miami that offers web and mobile development bootcamps. Ironhack grads are highly coveted, and alumni have gone on to work at Google, VISA, Twitter, Boston Consulting Group, and similar companies.
- Launchcode is a free coding bootcamp with a special focus in recruiting developers from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in tech. Launchcode South Florida has demonstrated its commitment to narrowing the tech gap in Miami, and will continue to do so.
- Miami stands out in its ability to attract highly skilled foreign talent, measured either by education or occupation. More than 40 percent of the region’s foreign-born adults hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, second only to San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley And roughly 40 percent of the region’s creative class hails from another country, again second only to San Jose. More than 2,500 businesses in the Miami metro are owned by foreign-born individuals.