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Sarasota County commissioners have unanimously approved extending funding for University of Florida Innovation Station Sarasota County (UFIS-SC) through 2027. The county funding is matched by UF funding.

UFIS-SC was formed in 2016 and is the first extension office for the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. It was developed to strengthen the region’s innovation economy, support the growth of high-tech, high-wage jobs, increase technology transfer and employee retention and foster start-up opportunities in the Sarasota area.

Since its launch, UF Innovation Station has placed more than 100 UF engineering interns at more than 40 local companies and arranged 12 capstone projects with companies in the region. UFIS-SC also ushered 41 students majoring in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and digital arts and science into the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program during the program’s first three years. This year, aerospace and mechanical engineering were added to the list of the program’s options. Additionally, UF Innovation Station’s K-12 outreach has reached more than 3,000 students in the region’s elementary, middle and high schools through classroom support and outreach efforts. University of Florida is also providing teacher professional development and training to 28 teachers from Sarasota County through a UF grant from the US Department of Education.

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