Business Florida 2021 - The Regions
Charlotte • Collier • Lee
Southwest Florida is home to Florida Gulf Coast University, which earned two spots on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities South rankings. Among Top Public Schools FGCU was ranked No. 28 and among Most Innovative Schools, No. 12. Opened in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast offers 58 undergraduate and 31 graduate degrees, plus workshops and counseling for entrepreneurs. In May 2020, FGCU launched Restart SWFL, an initiative dedicated to helping Southwest Florida businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19 on their operations, workforce, vendors and customers.
Also providing higher education opportunities in this region are two private universities: Hodges, with campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, and Ave Maria, a Catholic university and town created by Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan; and Florida SouthWestern State College offering baccalaureate, associate and certificate programs at its main campus in Fort Myers and satellite campuses in Charlotte and Collier counties. And at its Corporate Training Center in Bonita Springs, Florida SouthWestern provides customized programs specifically tailored to the needs of Southwest employers, including Arthrex, Cheney Brothers and Gartner.