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Founder of WP Engine Addresses Next Generation of Tech Leaders at LIT

Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, visited Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Campus, on April 20 2018 to meet with the next generation of tech leaders in Ireland.

The institute has maintained strong ties with the leading WordPress digital experience platform provider since it opened its Limerick office in September 2016.

Since then LIT has actively engaged with the company, as with other industries across the Mid West, to ensure a two-way dialogue that leads to more industry informed course development and delivery. WP Engine also offers a scholarship at the third level college.

More than 90% of LIT’s IT graduates find employment within the Mid West Region, with most of this year’s Level 8 graduates already securing their first job in the sector locally.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, visited Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Campus to meet with the next generation of tech leaders in Ireland. Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen (far right) and Paul Vesey, Head of Department of Information Technology, LIT (centre) review final year project from Louise McKeown, final year Software Development at Limerick Institute of Technology.
Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen (far right) and Paul Vesey, Head of Department of Information Technology, LIT (centre) review final year project from Louise McKeown, final year Software Development at Limerick Institute of Technology.
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Paul Vesey, Head of Department of Information Technology welcomed Mr. Cohen to LIT as he met with students and viewed the end of year work of the 120 soon to be LIT IT graduates.

“It is encouraging for the students to meet with a leader in the industry as they prepare for their final exams. LIT & WP Engine operate in partnership to create long-term opportunities for both our graduates and their existing staff who wish to up-skill. This fits with WP Engine's commitment to its employees and to staff development, as well as LIT’s commitment to providing an education framework that is both flexible and inclusive,” he said.

LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane added,

“The economic growth in Limerick and the Mid West means that employment opportunities are continuing to increase as more companies like WP Engine find a strong and well supported base here.

“There is a growing momentum for tech companies in the Mid West thanks in no small part to our skilled workforce. At LIT, we continue to work with industry partners partners like, WP Engine, to ensure that the workforce has the skills necessary for this constantly developing industry.”

With the promise of 100 jobs in Limerick by the end of 2019, the WP Engine Limerick Technical Support & Innovation Centre continues to expand, and there are ongoing opportunities for those interested in a career in tech.

Wishing the 120 final year LIT IT students well in their exams, Mr. Cohen also addressed the student body in the campus Aula Maxima on Friday.

“There is no one kind of employee at WP Engine. We believe diversity and innovation fuels ideas, and this is central to our success. We are always looking for people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. LIT encourages such diversity, creativity and innovation among its students and that is why I believe we work so well together,” he said.​

Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, visited Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Campus to meet with the next generation of tech leaders in Ireland. In photo Liz Bourke, Lecturer, LIT, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, and Niall Phillips, Student of Interactive Digital Media, LIT Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, visited Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Campus to meet with the next generation of tech leaders in Ireland. Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen (left) and Paul Vesey, Head of Department of Information Technology, LIT (right) review final year project from Thaynara DaSilva, final year Software Development at Limerick Institute of Technology.
Left: Liz Bourke, Lecturer, LIT, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen, and Niall Phillips, Student of Interactive Digital Media, LIT

Right: Founder and Chief Technology Officer of WP Engine, Jason Cohen (left) and Paul Vesey, Head of Department of Information Technology, LIT (right) review final year project from Thaynara DaSilva, final year Software Development at Limerick Institute of Technology.
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