Published: Aug 31, 2010 7:23 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 31, 2010 4:06 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - Southwest Florida College has a new logo and slogan.  "Southwest Florida College:  A college listening to employers" is the schools new mantra and a philosophy the school hopes will ensure its graduates find jobs in the local market.

A recent press release from the college states:

As a trainer of Florida’s workforce, Southwest Florida College is working to insure that its graduates are “job ready” by incorporating “employer driven outcomes” into all of its programs. “We are listening to our advisory boards and embracing what they say are the skills that students who graduate need to have,” said Dr. Barbara Calabro, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southwest Florida College.

The faculty of Southwest Florida College is transitioning its programs to focus on specific outcomes that are expected by today’s employers. “As ‘A College Listening to Employers’ nowhere is that philosophy more evident than in a curriculum that teaches what employers want and expect,” said Dr. Calabro.

Employment in the field remains a high priority for the Career Services team. “While no one can guarantee a job, employers are more apt to hire graduates who possess the right skill sets,” said Margaret Pace, Director of Graduate Placement.

Employers such as Barbara Rodriguez, Practice Administrator at Doctor’s Family Clinic, seek Southwest Florida college graduates because of their level of preparation. According to Rodriguez, “the hands-on learning at Southwest Florida College is impressive. I look to Southwest Florida College first before I post an ad to find an employee. Southwest Florida College is the only school I will work with.”