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IT & Innovation

IT & Innovation Consists of: Data Centers, Software, Defense Technologies, Fintech / Financial Security Software, Healthcare IT, Smart Infrastructure, Autonomous Vehicles, Energy, and Solar & Water Technologies.

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Spotlight on Success

IT & Innovation continues expanding its presence in the region. Areas of excellence include corporate IT operations, telecommunications infrastructure, and software development. A crosspollination of IT jobs are represented in all high growth, high-demand as well as support sectors.

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Advice from an IT Professional

Jason Holmes - Cisco Network Engineer Bank of America


In 2014, Jansen Holmes began pursuing education at St Johns River State College (SJR State). After working outside the United State for several years, he returned to Northeast Florida and obtained his Associates Degree in Computer Network Engineering. He has also completed the Cisco Networking Academy and is currently a Network Engineer at Bank of America through Select Group.
 
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From Career Academy to Career Ladder

Lex Walton - Production and Application Support Specialist at VyStar Credit


“They said it paid $10, so I was interested,” says Lex Walton, Production and Application Support Specialist at VyStar Credit Union, of his opportunity as a student intern and student manager at Wolfson High School’s VyStar Academy. “I never thought about going into the financial sector, but that was the start of my IT career.”
 
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Business Success Story—Emtec, Inc.

Emtec, Inc., An IT Strategy and Consulting, Digital Transformation Company


Emtec, Inc., an IT Strategy and Consulting, Digital Transformation company recently relocated its global headquarters to Jacksonville from Pennsylvania. The company has worked in the Jacksonville market for 18 years; they are interested in continuing that work as well as expansion in cybersecurity. To keep up with demand for talent, Emtec has taken a proactive approach, particularly regarding t...

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Testimonials

“I never thought about going into the financial sector, but that was the start of my IT career.”

Lex Walton
Production and Application Support Specialist, VyStar Credit Union

"This is one of the most democratic industries you can work in.  People who are self-taught work next to others who have formal education from the best universities in the country."

Matt Obringer
Vice President of Operations, Forcura

“If you like fixing, it’s fun. There will be pressure to perform, but the satisfaction in fixing a problem is great.”

Jansen Holmes
Network Engineer, Bank of America

“It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.”

Keason Drawdy
Senior Cyber Security Solutions Consultant, Emtec, Inc.

“Don’t be motivated by fear that you’ll be left behind if you don’t learn to code. You’re a maker if you code.”

Jason Domizio
Director of Technology & Software Architect, SS&C

“Have an insatiable curiosity to adapt to changing winds of your environment because nothing stays the same.”

Jason Domizio
Director of Technology & Software Architect, SS&C

IT and Innovation COMPANIES IN THE REGION