The modern workspace has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. Tech companies in particular are creating communal workspaces that encourage collaboration and creativity among employees.
FIU’s new $3 million Tech Station in PG 6 is raising the bar for educational institutions, promoting and reflecting the kind of creative workspace that companies have begun offering their employees, and that are essential ingredients in the work space.
“It’s critical that our students be prepared for the best jobs possible and Tech Station can be a major force in preparing students for the work force,” President Mark B. Rosenberg said.
Designed for students of FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) –part of the College of Engineering and Computing – Tech Station will help them learn about the tech industry in a dynamic way.
“We understand that what really matters is the quality of education for our students,” Rosenberg said during his speech at Tech’s Station’s Inaugural Ceremony Aug. 26. “We understand that our students have to graduate timely and then go out and find those great jobs. And if they can’t find a great job, they have to create a great job. And there’s no doubt that we have the elements here to foster the likelihood of that objective, always keeping our students and their well-being in mind.”
The facility was paid for by both an Information Technology Performance Funding grant and a Targeted Educational Attainment (TEAm) grant, funded by the Florida Legislature with the intention of producing more graduates for careers in the state’s highest-need areas.
Part of helping students be prepared for the workforce means exposing students to future employers. Multiple tech companies have partnered with the School of Computing and Information Sciences and Tech Station in this endeavor.
“This is essential for a technology ecosystem to thrive and for companies in South Florida to compete worldwide,” said College of Engineering and Computing Interim Dean Ranu Jung.
Planners of the 8,000-square-foot facility hope students will be able to experience a new atmosphere and develop a new perspective about the computing field.
“We’re trying to break a mold. We’re trying to get students to think differently about what an educational environment looks like and what the experience is,” SCIS Director of Technology Steve Luis said.
Tour of Tech Station