Florida Polytechnic Day honors state’s newest university today in Capitol

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Tallahassee celebrates Florida’s newest university as Florida Polytechnic University hosts Florida Polytechnic Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

Highlighting the soon-to-be completed Lakeland campus in the heart of Florida’s “High Tech I-4 Corridor,” will be a variety of displays on the third floor of the Capitol rotunda. Also available will be a number of faculty representatives to discuss with lawmakers the university’s dynamic applied sciences curriculum.

“Florida Polytechnic Day is a great opportunity to share the University’s high-tech vision and innovative spirit with Florida’s leaders and our statewide community,” said Florida Polytechnic’s Chief Operating Officer Ava Parker. “We are committed to providing applied research opportunities and an industry-inspired curriculum that leads to innovation and assures Florida’s position as an economic leader in the global high-tech economy.”

On August 25, Florida Polytechnic will receive an introductory class of 500 students. The University, collaborating with industry leaders, developed a cutting-edge syllabus, and provides internship opportunities, research and teaching projects designed to provide students industry-relevant learning opportunities.

“Florida Polytechnic University is a shining example of Florida’s commitment to growing the kind of environment and talent that sparks innovation, creates jobs and builds a strong, sustainable economy,” said Sen. Kelli Stargel, whose district includes the Florida Poly campus.

Florida Polytechnic University began in 2012 as the 12th university in the State University System and the first polytechnic university. It is the only one with a dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concentration.

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