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Erin Jackson: EMIT Graduate Makes it in US Olympic Team

Alumni Testimonies

E.M.I.T. 2001

CF 2004

Proud stay at home mom and refurbisher!

Kayla Wooten Beller

“E.M.I.T. kept me safe and protected from the rest of scary high school and embraced my nerdiness!”

E.M.I.T. 2010

Jacksonville University 2014

LTJG, United States Navy. Weapons System Officer, F/A-18 Super Hornet Pilot

VonHayes Switzer

“EMIT made speaking in front of groups with confidence extremely easy. This matched with the critical thinking it instilled in me prepared me for college and my career ahead."

E.M.I.T. 2010

University of Florida 2014

U.S. Air Force Pilot

Michael Sullivan

"Even though my career field does not involve engineering, E.M.I.T. taught me the fundamentals of teamwork, critical thinking, and public speaking. All of these are necessary skills to make me successful at what I do today."

E.M.I.T. 2014

Florida Institute of Technology Class of 2019

B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior.

Mary Parra

“E.M.I.T. has made me so much better prepared for college classes than the majority of my current classmates. I know how to speak in front of an audience, and how to professionally construct a PowerPoint presentation.”

E.M.I.T. 2015

Cornell University Class of 2019

Ilene Boetger

“E.M.I.T. taught me how to work in groups and give oral presentations while also being able to handle a rigorous course load.”


Intel Security/McAfee Senior Security Solution Consultant

Patrick Pinder

“E.M.I.T. was a great skills development asset for me during high school. While I don’t use the AutoCAD/drafting skills anymore, the team development/building, collaboration and presentation skills I learned at the academy are used constantly. I still keep in contact with a few people I met at E.M.I.T., and they have become lifelong friends and peers.”


El Media - IT Security Digital Creation

Chad Smith

“E.M.I.T. will always hold a special place in my heart because it crafted me into someone that I didn’t know that I could become… I am a more focused, well-rounded person that put the technical skills from that program to use. E.M.I.T. made the transition to college a smooth one. It is a program that I will never forget.”

E.M.I.T. 2008

FSU 2011 - Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate.

Managing partner of 2 True Value Hardware stores in Ocala

Retail site selection specialist with Charles Wayne Properties.

Andrew Hanley

Stacy Hanley

E.M.I.T. 2009

FSU 2013 - Bachelor’s degree in Sociology

USF 2016 - Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

A registered nurse working in the OR at West Marion Hospital.

E.M.I.T. 2012

Florida State University 2017

Kami Thomas

“When I started college, I felt more than prepared to take on presentations, projects and leadership positions. The first two years of college were incredibly easy going for me, and I attribute a great deal of that to the E.M.I.T. program. My sister also graduated from E.M.I.T., and is now working as a development researcher for one of the leading tech companies in the world.”

E.M.I.T. 2006


Mindtree - Software Engineer

T. J. Lowe

“E.M.I.T. helped me S.T.E.M. my interests and engineer my future."

E.M.I.T. 2010

University of Florida

Medtronic - Sr. Quality Engineer,

Carlos A. Gordian

“The choice to do the E.M.I.T. program was a pretty easy one for me… I was surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students which pushed me to be the best I could be. The teachers establish a critical thinking approach in solving problems that I still use today on a day to day basis. If it wasn’t for E.M.I.T. I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Met while attending EMIT and began dating in 2007 and married in December of 2015.

Andrew and Stacy Hanley

“The most influential take away for us from E.M.I.T. has to be the teamwork and public speaking experience. It does not matter what field you go into after school you will have to sell something, whether that is a product or yourself. Being able to effectively work as a team and confidently speak publicly are huge assets.”
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