Business & Economy

UWF Career Services and Haas Center partner to address growing regional workforce demands

The University of West Florida Career Services and Haas Center are partnering to meet the growing workforce demands in Northwest Florida through yearly projected regional and industry employment needs. This month, the Haas Center distributed a survey on behalf of Career Services to determine high industry needs of the region and how to better prepare University students to enter the workforce.

The survey was distributed to regional hiring officials, which were identified by the Haas Center as chief workforce leaders and developers.

The Haas Center conducted a Regional Economic Overview for the Pensacola MSA to assist with developing the survey.  The Regional Economic Overview was developed utilizing in-house data and relays information about local workforce and employment projections, thus describing where the MSA will be over the next five years.

“Professional readiness is the cornerstone of our efforts here at the University,” said Lauren Loeffler, director of Career Services at UWF. “This project allows us to ensure we are educating our students to meet those demands.”

Pending survey responses, the Haas Center will determine between 8 to 12 companies and organizations, each representing various industries, to conduct in-person workplace interviews to better gauge data and survey responses.

UWF Career Services plans to utilize the data to advance the Career Services liaison program, which is comprised of staff members dedicated to serving UWF’s academic colleges by spearheading services, events and materials specific to each college’s students and programs.

Additionally, Career Services will determine specific outreach efforts to best serve the underserved population by their resources and advance those outreach efforts to ensure the population needs are fully met.

For additional information or to participate in the survey, please contact Lauren Loeffler at