IRVINE, Calif .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – November 1, 2021–
Westcliff University, a leader in innovative higher education, today announced the official launch of its Innovation Hub, a center of excellence committed to developing highly relevant programs to meet the demands of the modern market. Created to host Westcliff’s most innovative strategic programs, the Innovation Hub enhances student experiences with resources that generate opportunities within and beyond Westcliff University’s curriculum and teaching, while creating unique opportunities for the community as a whole.
This press release features multimedia. See the full version here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211101005039/en/
Westcliff University’s new incubator, IGNITE, gives students access to real problem-solving experiences and counseling opportunities. (Photo: Business Wire)
With three key focus areas: 1) fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and culture throughout student educational experiences, 2) transforming learning and teaching processes to engage students like never before and 3 ) Leverage cutting-edge technology to improve student outcomes and advance industries, the Innovation Hub’s programs offer a range of forward-thinking solutions ranging from a business incubator integrated into the curriculum to training designed to augment faculty pedagogical approaches and technology programs designed to prepare students for today’s most in-demand jobs.
The innovation hub’s newly launched university incubator, IGNITE, is already offering start-ups the benefits of access to multiple cohorts of diverse students trained with the latest business degree program. The incubator was developed to help accelerate business growth while providing students with the hands-on, hands-on business experience that employers want. Its first participating companies include FynCom, a nanopayment company; AON Appliances, a semiconductor company specializing in advanced application-specific AI processors; Seek, a trading and authentication platform for the used luxury streetwear market; BrainLeap Technologies, which offers gaze-based video games to train and measure children’s attention spans; and Saya life, a water management company that uses machine learning and AI to predict water overuse, leaks, and changes in water quality before they become catastrophic events. Other promising partnerships are also on the horizon.
âThe Innovation Hub is the fulfillment of the vision of Westcliff University’s first rector, the late Dr David McKinney, who sought to place Westcliff University at the direct intersection of education and industry, “said Dr Anthony Lee, President and CEO of Westcliff” His sudden passing has intensified the university’s efforts to make this vision a reality, which includes ensuring that the needs of students and community remain at the heart of what drives Westcliff University. “
Accessible at the Irvine campus in Westcliff, Calif. And also available for those who prefer remote options, other key programs at the Innovation Hub include:
- The Strategic Management of Applied Research and Technology (SMART) Program Designed for MBA students to work directly with established local and international companies in their synthesis courses to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired to seize real-world opportunities within these organizations. Satisfied SMART customers include successful nonprofits, such as CHAMPS Charter High School, global companies, such as OmniPrint International, and local startups, including five IGNITE incubator companies.
- The Distinguished Innovative Speaker Series connects students and the community with a wide range of innovative and successful leaders in a variety of fields, including Martin Cooper, the “Father of the Cell Phone” and Paramount Pictures Futurist in Residence Ted Schilowitz. The program supports the university’s goal of serving as a premier academic resource by providing a platform for informative and stimulating discussions.
- The Entrepreneur in Residence Program offers one-on-one mentoring and coaching services to student entrepreneurs, drawing on the experience of proven business leaders such as Westcliff’s own serial entrepreneur, Dr Barry Sandrew, to accelerate innovation and train entrepreneurs of tomorrow to be successful.
- The Full Coding Bootcamp certificate program prepares students for careers as web developers. Fully immersive, live online learning experiences provide students with the opportunity to gain mastery of front-end and back-end web development technologies. Similar programs on the horizon for Westcliff include cybersecurity, AR / VR mobile game development, and data analytics.
âThe Innovation Hub and IGNITE Incubator underscore our commitment to the continuous innovation necessary to give students the ability to thrive in the world of work after graduation,â said the director of the entrepreneurship from Westcliff University, Dr Barry Sandrew. âWestcliff is proud to work alongside students to ensure the success of their academic and professional endeavors and that they are prepared for the demands of today’s hyper-competitive business environment. Current programs are further expanded with new programs underway, and we expect all Innovation Hub programs to continue to grow throughout this year and into the future. “
For more information on the Innovation Hub, and to find out how you can participate in its programs, please visit: https://www.westcliff.edu/innovation-hub/.
About Westcliff University:Westcliff University is an innovative global higher education institution, attentive to the international business landscape and the needs of today’s employers. Founded in 1993 and based in Irvine, Calif., It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees spanning 21 fields of study including business, education, technology, computer science, and engineering. – and more recently the law with the acquisition of Western State College of Law. Westcliff is a California utility company that affirms its commitment to operating in the best interests of its students and the surrounding community. Its programs focus on both the technical and soft skills needed to secure quality jobs in high-growth industries; it offers community and business engagement opportunities for the hands-on experience that today’s students need; and it delivers innovative and affordable programs online and in classrooms around the world. Visit www.westcliff.edu and www.wsulaw.edu to learn more; and follow Westcliff on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Editor’s Note:Media interested in speaking to the expert staff, faculty and leaders of Westcliff University should email [email protected] to facilitate interviews.
View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211101005039/en/
CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT:
Leslie Licano, Beyond Fifteen Communications, Inc.
[email protected] | (949) 733-8679 ext 101
KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: EDUCATION TRAINING UNIVERSITY
SOURCE: University of Westcliff
Copyright Business Wire 2021.
PUB: 01/11/2021 12:30 / DISC: 01/11/2021 12:32
Copyright Business Wire 2021.