ORLANDO — Florida Technical College is reaching new milestones in 2019 with its recently launched Continuing Education division, which expands its offerings in Florida and solidifies its position as a premier post-secondary education provider in the Sunshine State. The school also added a new program to its Spanish language lineup to help newly arrived Puerto Ricans and other Hispanic Floridians make an effective transition into the state’s labor market as they work on improving their English.
The FTC Continuing Education division, with three campuses in Tampa, Kissimmee and Orlando, is comprised of more than 20 business and tech certification programs. The three locations bring up to seven the number of strategically located Florida Technical College campuses in the state. Some of the continuing education courses offered are exam preparations for Ethical Hacker (CEH), Comp TIA A+, Internet Marketing Strategies, Agile Project Management, Microsoft Business Analyst Professional, Microsoft System Administration, Cisco Wireless specialist, and Human Re-sources Professional. For graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
“The addition of these programs to our offerings solidifies Florida Technical College as a well-rounded institution that meets the needs of many different kinds of adult learners”, said FTC president, Dr. James Burkett. The school was accredited last year by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as an academic unit of National University College, its Puerto Rico-based parent school. Accreditation ensures that institutions of higher education comply with rigorous quality standards, one of the key oversight elements governing the Higher Education Act’s federal student aid programs.
The sustained growth of Florida Technical College academic offerings includes a new HVAC/R with PLC diploma program taught fully in Spanish that launched earlier this year. Other programs taught in Spanish are Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastelería, and Electrical. A Cosmetology program in Spanish is set to launch in April 2019. All of them are taught at the Kissimmee campus.
The HVAC/R with PLC diploma program is 17 months long. It includes classroom instruction and hands-on training in specialized labs, which enable students to gain practical skills to perform installations, as well as service and repairs in heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems. The program incorporates training on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), a computer system that controls machines and processes. At the end of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the EPA 608 and OSHA 10 certification exams.
“These programs are designed to help Spanish speakers earn a diploma while they are learning English, instead of putting their education on hold,” Burkett said. “The sooner they can start actively participating in the job market and the local economy, the bigger the contribution they can make to their families and to the rest of the community that it is now home.”
FTC has flexible schedule in all its seven Florida campuses. The school is an academic unit of National University College, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For additional information or to register, call 321-684-4034.