Friday, November 06, 2009

ITGulfcoast Notes 75% UWF Executive Software Engineering Masters Scholarships

One of the most enjoyable experiences in my life was being Chairman of the ITGulfcoast in the year 2007. The organization encourages innovation, business and technical collaborations and developements, and information sharing and gathering. Just got an email from them about what's up in Northwest Florida such as UWF is accepting applications for Executive Software Engineering Masters program. 75% Scholarships available!

"The University of West Florida, Computer Science department is still accepting applications for the Spring 2010 Executive Software Engineering program which starts January 7, 2010. This intensive program allows full-time students to attain a Master of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering specialization fully online, within one calendar year. Tuition scholarships for 75% of student's tuition through the entire degree program have been provided by Florida's Great Northwest. Although the deadline for applications is approaching within the next two weeks, it is not too late for interested Florida residents with intent to seek employment in Northwest Florida to apply. Details are available at"

This is an excellent opportunity if you've been thinking about attending graduate school. The first class participating in this program is in their home stretch and will graduate in December 2009.

Highhlights of the program are:
It's a relatively short program (12 months and you have an MS degree).
The entire program is online with the exception of a few orientation sessions.
This is a full-time program and the pace is intense. But it's only for one year! It is hard to work full-time and stay on top of school work.

I remember juggling Monday and Wednesday 5-10 PM MA classes in Media Education at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, being a mother, working full-time on an Internet business, and working full-time at George Washington Carver Middle School in Century, Florida as a media specialist and gifted studies teacher. How? I don't remember. I was in my 30s and 40s at that time, younger. ;-)

Strategic Health Intelligence Summit
The Future is Now: Power On Connectivity
Pensacola Nov 12-14

All ITGULFCOAST members are invited to participate in the third annual Strategic Health Intelligence Summit in Pensacola. (Hey Dee! This sounds like your kind of program.) This event brings together national leaders in healthcare, the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, research organizations and private sector innovations to discuss and find solutions for strategic health intelligence. For more information visit the Summit website.

The discounted rate for ITGULFCOAST members is $250. To receive the IT Gulf Coast discount please contact Ashley Spikes at or 850.438.408.

Welcome to the New and Veteran ITGulfcoast Sponsors

ITGULFCOAST is pleased to announce its two newest sponsors - Southern Light and Fiber and UWF IT Academy.

Southern Light is a digital communications company focused on delivering affordable, high-bandwidth transport over its own fiber optic network to customers along the Gulf Coast from south Louisiana through Mississippi and Alabama and into the Florida Panhandle.

University of West Florida’s IT Academy provides classes and certification opportunities for residents of Northwest Florida including Microsoft MCSA Security +, and the Computer Support Technician.

The complete list of ITGulfcoast sponsors include Bit-Wizards, CED Technical Services, Cox Business, General Dynamics IT, H2 Performance Consulting, Southern Light and Fiber, Super Technologies, TECHSOFT, and UWF IT Academy. Learn how to become a sponsor for ITGulfcoast.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Please visit our website to view upcoming IT related events in our area. The recent iTenWired summit on Pensacola Beach was a big success. We'll let you know when videos of the presentations are available for viewing on the Summit website.

Our next ITGULFCOAST meeting is an evening joint meeting with ASQ and IEEE on November 18th, followed by a joint social on December 10th with the Chamber and iTenWired where we will award our annual scholarships.

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