The definition of leadership includes dedication, foresight and the ability to have people work seamlessly together. Those qualities exemplify Dr. Linda Miedema, vice president for academic affairs and chief learning officer at Eastern Florida State College, who is playing a central role in the college’s continuing expansion.
That includes starting 27 new academic programs in today’s best career field with bachelor degree tracks in business, healthcare and computer technology that are drawing hundreds of new students.
The college’s rapid growth is driven by the vision of Eastern Florida President Dr. Jim Richey with Miedema responsible for getting the new programs up and running. She has been extremely successful in steering students onto career paths that can lead to good job opportunities upon graduation. That’s improving their lives and adding more professional talent to the Brevard County and East-Central Florida economies.
“We’re providing the best programs possible for students, whether that means staying here to pursue a bachelor’s degree, going on to a university or moving straight into the workforce,” said Miedema. “That’s our core value and something I believe in passionately. It’s all about the students and working closely with our great faculty to make them equipped for the 21st century economy.”
The college has a nearly $1.1 billion regional economic impact annually, largely because of the education and skills its graduates bring to business and industry. Miedema’s efforts are increasing that yield as she works with hundreds of businesses every year to create academic programs that match their workforce needs.
“This is an exciting time to be at the college and part of a team that’s making an important contribution to the future of our students and community,” she said.
Eastern Florida State College
3865 North Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935