Technology skills gap? USFSP has an app for that!

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The growing IT skills gap in St. Petersburg? USF can help you create an app for that.

To address the shortage of technology skills in the Tampa Bay area, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is offering an Apple iOS Mobile Application course beginning July 13. The 12-week program will teach students to build their own app from initial concept to the finished product.

For students looking to develop IT skills, time is running out to sign up for the summer session; registration begins Jun 1.

Haneke Design of Tampa and USFSP collaborated to develop the certification course. Students will work directly with Haneke’s Director of Development Jesse Curry, leader of the firm’s mobile applications team. It will be a series of weekly classes focusing on the development of programs to run on the iOS operating system, used by popular Apple products like the iPad, MacBook and iPhone 5.

“We are very excited to partner with Haneke Design to offer this timely and valuable course to our students and this community,” says Maling Ebrahimpour, PhD, dean of the USF St. Petersburg College of Business.  “USF St. Petersburg has a valuable role to play in fueling the growth of this region’s economy by ensuring that our students receive both the classic academic training that is foundational to their chosen profession as well as opportunities to acquire the latest in demand skills.”

Last year, the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance released the Tampa Bay Information Technology Workforce Analysis, outlining the region’s information technology gap. The report came with a stern warning: In the next 20 years, companies would only settle in places with access to top quality talent.

To keep Tampa Bay economically viable, the Alliance recommends organizations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties actively engage and train future IT workers, so the area remains attractive to high-tech businesses.

“By collaborating with area business leaders to develop solutions for our region’s most pressing talent challenges,” Ebrahimpour says. “USF St. Petersburg’s College of Business adds even greater value in helping fuel Tampa Bay’s economic growth.”

For more information about obtaining the certificate for iOS Mobile Application Developer, see the course description, visit, or call 727-873-4086.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.