With the increase in Florida-based construction, Florida Technical College (FTC) recently launched its new Construction Trade and Technology Education Center on its Kissimmee campus, which features training courses in welding, electrical, HVAC and more.
In the past year, over 12,000 positions in the construction industry have opened up statewide, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Unlike in previous years, current construction projects rely more on advanced technologies, integrating electronic applications with traditional “brick and mortar” work.
"We strive to create programs that respond to the needs in our community's labor force," David Ruggieri, FTC President and CEO, said. "We're developing the work force that will step up to the plate and continue to build and improve Central Florida's skyline.”
FTC Kissimmee Campus Executive Director Gabriel Garces emphasized that the school will focus on interactive, experiential learning.
"Students … develop skills as they go, in a real-life learning environment,” Garces said. “We have a superb group of instructors with decades of combined experience in the construction industry ready to share their knowledge and mentor."
Enrollment is currently open for classes set to begin in late November.
“The jobs are out there,” Ruggieri said. “Construction is neck to neck with the hospitality industry. We want for our students to be able to seize on that opportunity."