|Published:||May 09, 2013 12:49 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 09, 2013 12:54 PM EDT|
ESTERO, Fla. - Leaders with Florida Gulf Coast University and Edison State College plan to meet with Hertz to discuss how the Fortune 300 company can work with Southwest Florida's students.
Earlier this week, Hertz announced plans to relocate its New Jersey headquarters to Estero, over the course of 2 years.
Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, President of FGCU, sees big opportunities with the company being so close.
"I think there are going to be many opportunities for internships and employment with them being in the region," Bradshaw said. "We're very excited."
Dr. Jeffery Allbritten, Edison State College's president, sees similar benefits for Edison students, but hopes incoming Hertz employees see the school as an option to further their educations and careers.
Allbritten would consider adding or tailoring degrees to fit the skills and training Hertz looks for.
He also thinks having another major employer in the area will keep talent graduates in Southwest Florida.
"People talk about a brain drain. We have wonderful schools in this area and some people go elsewhere to work. When you have a major company in this area, it attracts other major companies, and it's a synergistic effect," Allbritten said.
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