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The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in HVAC: Choosing an HVAC School

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

A career in HVAC presents great opportunities for anyone willing to train and learn how to install, repair, and maintain heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. The construction industry in the U.S. took a hit during the recession, but has been rebounding in recent years. According to statistics and forecasts, new construction is expected to grow and keep growing for many years to come, which means that there will continue to be a need for trained workers who graduated from an HVAC school.   It’s not just new construction that makes this an enticing industry. HVAC systems are not designed to last forever. There is always a need for maintenance, repair, and installation of new systems, so for someone going to HVAC school to learn these skills, the future is bright and includes a lot of job stability. If you like to work with your hands, think on your feet, problem solve, work with people but also be self-directed, and you like to do work that people appreciate and that you can actually see in front of you when you’re finished, HVAC is a great option.   Choosing an HVAC School – First Know What You’re Getting Into Before you actually get to the part where you choose a school, it makes sense to understand just what it will mean to get trained in HVAC and to enter this industry. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and many skilled workers in this field are also trained in refrigeration and programmable logic controllers (PLC).   Technicians trained at an HVAC school are usually prepared to work on systems in both residential and commercial settings, but it may take a few years of on-the-job experience to work up from a residential to a commercial technician. As an HVAC technician your job could include installing new systems, repairing existing systems, and performing routine maintenance to help keep older systems running well. Technicians usually work for a company, but mostly work independently throughout the day and are responsible for decision making on the ground. Every day is typically in a new location with a new problem to solve, so this is not a job for someone who wants to sit in an office and do the same thing day after day.   When you choose to train to be an HVAC technician you can expect to get into an industry that is growing. It’s a smart choice if you want a career with skills that will always be in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), HVAC careers are growing at a rate of 14 percent, much faster than average, overall job growth. The BLS also records the average annual salary for an HVAC technician as $45,110. For workers with more experience and specialties, the salary can be significantly greater than the average.   Are You Ready for HVAC School? Now that you know a little more about what it means to work in HVAC, are you ready to choose a school to get your training? To be an HVAC technician it is important to understand that you need training, but there are also characteristics of your abilities and personality that will make you more likely to succeed in the field. For instance you need to be able to be physically active and stand on your feet for much of the day. This isn’t an office job. You also need to have good customer service skills, an ability to troubleshoot and make independent decisions, and good time management. You also need to be prepared to spend a little over a year training and earning a diploma at an HVAC school.   Choosing the Best HVAC School to Meet Your Needs If you have made it this far and are still excited about HVAC, you’re ready to start figuring out where to go to school. This is an important step to take because your HVAC school will teach you what you need to know to work in the field, should help you find an apprenticeship or a job, and will be the place you spend the next 12 to 18 months of your life.   Choose a Quality HVAC School. This goes without saying, but how do you know a school is a quality school or that you will get a quality education? One of the easiest ways to know that you are choosing a good school that will serve you well is to make sure it is accredited. Accreditation is a process that some schools go through to prove that they provide a valuable education for the money students pay.   Accrediting agencies are independent organizations that spend years looking into a school to be sure it meets all requirements and provides the kind of education it promises its students. FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. If an HVAC school is not accredited, take a pass.   You Want an HVAC School that Provides Full Training. HVAC systems are only getting more complicated and more technical. Don’t settle for an HVAC school that has not kept up with the times. Training alone is no longer enough in the field of HVAC. You want a school that will also train you in refrigeration repair and installation, as well as PLC. FTC’s diploma program for HVAC includes both so that you get a complete, well-rounded education in HVAC/R and PLC. Look for Small, Hands-On Classes, Not Big Lecture Halls. HVAC maintenance, repair and installation are skills. These are not academic concepts. Although you will need to learn some theory, which may be taught lecture style, what you really want to look for in an HVAC school is the chance to get your hands dirty. You want small classes, plenty of one-on-one time with instructors, the chance to collaborate with and learn from other students, and most of all the kind of training […]

9 Signs You Need to Go to Cosmetology School

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Do you obsess over hair and makeup? Do you pay attention to the latest ways celebrities are using nail art? Were you the friend doing everyone else’s hair for prom? Do you feel like your current job is going nowhere and isn’t challenging you? If you can answer yes to these questions and identify with some of these signs and clues, it may just be that you were born to go to cosmetology school.   Cosmetology school is a trade-based program that prepares students in as little as 12 months for rewarding and exciting careers in hair styling, salon ownership, makeup, nails, skin care, and barbering, even freelance beauty. Can you imagine getting out of your current job and spending every day doing makeup, designing new hair styles, or helping people feel more confident with their looks? If so, you might just be ready for cosmetology and a new and better career.   You’re always doing your friends’ hair—and they love it.   You’re the go-to person in your family and among your friends for hair, right? Or maybe they come to you for makeup, or nail art, or all of the above. You have this natural talent and you love doing it. You could continue to just do favors for your friends and family members, but why not do more with your inherent talent and creativity. With the right training through a cosmetology program, you could get the skills that would support your natural talent and allow you to make a lucrative career out of it.   You complain about your dead-end job, a lot, so it may be time for cosmetology school.   Your friends are sick of hearing about it, but you are just sick of your job. Mainly because it’s a job, not a career, you feel as though you aren’t doing anything meaningful and lastly, you really don’t enjoy the work. If your friends and family are tired of hearing you complain, it could be a sign that you are ready for a career change. Cosmetology school can lead you to a great career that is nothing like your current job. A cosmetology education will give you all kinds of options for a career: working in a salon, being a freelance makeup artist, working at a spa or resort in an exotic location or even opening and running your own salon.   You feel you aren’t able to express yourself creatively at work.   Being a hair stylist or makeup artist is not just a job; it’s a creative pursuit. If you never get the chance to be creative as you slave away at your job, it can be really draining. Everyone needs to be able to express themselves sometimes, but some have more creative energy than others. A career in beauty is a great way to use creativity, to actually create new looks and wearable art, every single day, while getting paid for it.   You started experimenting with makeup early, like in kindergarten.   Did you get in trouble as a kid for playing with your mom’s makeup, like often? If so, you may be one of those people who was born for a career in beauty. Maybe you also got in trouble for trying to cut your own hair, or your sister’s hair. Does that sound like you? It may have gotten you in trouble back then, but your early creativity and curiosity means you have always had a fascination with hair, makeup, and beauty and you would likely thrive in this industry.   You want a new career, but you’re worried about quitting or going to cosmetology school.   The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can put your mind at ease. With the right cosmetology school and training, you won’t have any trouble finding a job in beauty. And, you can count on continued job security and a great salary, probably better than what you earn now. Growth in careers in all areas of cosmetology and beauty is faster than average job growth. There continues to be a need for people who are skilled at working with hair, makeup, and nails. The median salaries are great too, from nearly $21,000 for manicurists and pedicurists to $30,090 trained skincare specialists. There is a potential to earn much more than this too.   You’re chatty and great with people, a natural skill you can’t learn in cosmetology school.   Hair and makeup professionals are some of the friendliest people in the service business. They might come in a close second to bartenders as the professionals most likely to listen to their customer’s confessions and woes. If you love being around people, listening, and talking, but your current job leaves you feeling isolated, it may be time for a change to cosmetology. This is a career that requires great people skills, and being a great listener can also help you earn more; people tip better when they enjoy a great all-around experience with a hairdresser, manicurist, or barber.   You dream about what it would be like to be your own boss.   Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Not everyone has the discipline and drive to be their own boss, but for those who are cut out for it, the desire to stop working for someone else and to take charge instead is strong. If you think about it often, and you enjoy beauty, makeup, and hair, cosmetology school could be your next step toward becoming your own boss. With the skills and training in makeup, hair, nail art, skin care, as well as an education in salon management and career development, you can take your passion to the next level and become a freelance beauty professional or salon owner.   You’re obsessed with the latest beauty products and nail trends.   If you are always looking at what’s new and what’s hottest in beauty trends, you were made for cosmetology school. Students in cosmetology have a real passion for […]

Working Together To Empower Minds

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

FTC and its sister institutions work together to empower minds and to offer accessible education. Sometimes in life, it takes a partner to help you accomplish your goal.  Florida Technical College has a mission to make education accessible to students with busy lives, and its sister institutions in Puerto Rico — Instituto de Banca y Comercio (IBC), National University College (NUC) and Ponce Paramedical College (POPAC) — are helping it fulfill that mission. “We are one big, tightknit family,” said FTC President David Ruggieri. “Our students benefit from the wealth of information and expertise that we have in our very own education family. We collaborate with each other in everything we can for the bene t of our students.” The colleges are part of the EduK Group, Inc., organized in 2004 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico as the advisory entity for its member institutions. The post-secondary colleges have diverse course offerings, leading to certificate and diploma programs, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The colleges’ combined experience in education and their stability and sustained growth have led them to an overall annual enrollment of more than 27,000 students. “If you are from Puerto Rico, chances are you know one of our sisters,” Ruggieri said. “FTC is like the one sibling in the Sunshine State that just about every Puerto Rican family has.” MANY SIMILARITIES Before coming to FTC Kissimmee in 2011 to chair its barbering program, Pablo Rodriguez taught at Instituto de Banca y Comercio for seven years. The transition, he said, was seamless. “Teaching here is very similar to teaching at Instituto de Banca,” Rodriguez said. “The curriculum has only a few small differences, mainly addressing Florida-specific legal matters.” “The student culture in our Kissimmee campus is very similar,as well,” he added. “We love school events with food and music, as a majority of our students are of Hispanic heritage and those things are synonymous with celebration for us.” Rodriguez stays in touch with his Puerto Rico colleagues and many of his students and frequently collaborates with them. “I get asked a lot of questions about the requirements to practice in Florida,” he said. Many of the courses taken at EduK institutions in the island transfer to Florida Technical College. A WARM WELCOME FOR NEWCOMERS Florida is the number one destination for Puerto Ricans leaving the island who seek respite from the current fiscal crisis. There are now more than one million Boricuas in Florida (1,006,542 to be exact), with 1,000 families moving here every month, according to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. “Many of our students are newcomers from Puerto Rico,” said Gabriel Garcés, executive director of FTC Kissimmee. “That’s indicative of the fact that we’re a true reflection of this community. We’re committed to make that transition into a new place, a new city, easier for our students.” To help ease that transition, FTC offers classes in English, but the staff and many instructors are bilingual. The son of Colombian immigrants, Garcés says he connects with students who have emigrated to the country, because he knows firsthand what it’s like to start from zero. “It’s never easy,” he said. “But giving up isn’t an option. Get educated, embrace a career path that fulfills you and allows you to provide for your family. Do those things and there will be no limit to what you can achieve.”    By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

New Medical Programs Help Students Get Limited X-Ray License

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

From the Florida Panhandle to Miami-Dade and across the I-4 corridor, hospitals in the Sunshine State continue to expand. By Jeannette River-Lyles Construction Market Data, an organization that tracks the construction industry, reports that 126 new hospital construction projects have been completed in the last five years, with many more coming through the pipeline. These hospitals need workers, as do the many medical offices, labs and radiology facilities that cluster around them. Florida Technical College is responding to that demand with the addition of a new Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with a Basic Machine Operator (BMO) track that will enable students to get a limited X-ray license in Florida. “There’s never been a better time to work in the health care industry,” said Diane Jasper, academic chair of FTC’s Allied Health program. “The demand for skilled, specialized medical assistants has grown exponentially with no signs of slowing down in sight. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a hospital setting, urgent care facilities, orthopedic clinics and radiology centers, to mention a few.” The 18-month program launched in March at the Kissimmee campus. Its graduates will be able to work directly under a physician, registered nurse, registered technologist, office manager or a radiology administrator. They will assist in a limited manner with patients who require chest, extremity and torso x-rays. Responsibilities may include positioning or maintaining X-ray equipment, adjusting controls, positioning patients on the exam table and setting up and adjusting equipment to obtain a better view of specific c bodily areas. The program expands on FTC’s already ample offerings for medical career training, which include diploma programs for medical assistant technicians, patient care technicians and medical coding and billing specialists. The college also offers an associate degree for medical assistants and a bachelor’s degree in allied health management. To qualify for direct enrollment in the Associate of Science Medical Assistant Program with BMO specialization, students must have a medical assistant diploma. Interested students without this prerequisite may enroll in the diploma program and move into the BMO track once they’ve completed the basic courses. “Our partners in the healthcare industry have
expressed a need for medical assistants with a
specialty in X-ray and we have stepped up to the
plate,” said FTC President and CEO David Ruggieri. ‘’Our partners trust us because we foster job readiness in each and every single one of our students with externships and hands-on training to ensure a smooth transition into the job market.” By Jose Luis Dieppa

FTC’S Culinary Arts Program Receives Key Accreditation

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Before Elizabeth 
Izquierdo could reach the kitchen counter, she was measuring sugar and our and baking cakes with her grandmother. The then-5-year-old understood the joy of cooking after concocting a Dominican sweet bean dessert called habichuelas con dulce. Years later, Izquierdo entered college to become a special education teacher like her mother, but decided to switch careers in 2014 and enroll in Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts program to “pursue something I could wake up happy and joyful doing, and do every day,” she said. She now creates key lime pies, flans and lava cakes as the pastry chef at Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando. “I followed my passion,” said the 23-year-old, who spent 13 months in the culinary program, available only in the Kissimmee campus. “I learned so many different techniques and how to prepare foods from different cultures. I didn’t just learn to cook, but also learned how the industry works.” FTC’s Culinary Arts program doesn’t resemble your grandma’s home economics class. Students aren’t just cooking pot roast and decorating cupcakes. They’re making pancetta, creamy custards and elegant sushi that rival menu items at five-star restaurants. Eight instructors guide students through culinary classes, which include hands- on labs where students practice their cooking skills. Students learn cooking techniques and as they become more advanced, they move on to creating their own recipes and meal plans. Classes are small with an average of 20 students per class and 12 to 14 in each lab. They learn an array of skills that include baking, food production, creating nutritional meals and cooking international cuisine. They serve meals to the public at FTC’s in-house restaurant, “Zazon Café,” to practice and perfect every step of the dining experience. The American Culinary Federation
Education Foundation (ACFEF), the most
prestigious professional organization for
chefs and cooks, accredits FTC’s Culinary Arts program. The accreditation means graduates are experts in their eld and can land highly coveted culinary jobs in high- end kitchens. The ACFEF’s accreditation process is as rigorous as it is comprehensive. It recognizes the top culinary programs that meet or exceed industry standards for education and training. The ACFEF’s seal of approval is given to programs with clearly de ned objectives, experienced instructors and facilities that develop superb culinary skills. “This accreditation is a testament to the quality of our culinary programs, our faculty and students,” said FTC President and CEO David Ruggieri. “We’re developing top-notch professionals, ready to leave their mark on the hospitality industry and compete with the very best in the business in creativity and technique.” FTC’s Culinary Arts graduates receive an ACFEF-certi ed culinarian certificate in addition to their diplomas. They acquire cooking skills and learn how to plan nutritional meals, budget funds and manage kitchens. “Employers everywhere recognize ACFEF as the culinary industry leader for educational resources, training and accreditation because it enhances professional growth,” said Alex Martínez, lead instructor in the Culinary Arts program. ‘’An FTC diploma coupled with an ACFEF certi cate gives our students the winning edge in today’s competitive job market.” More than 400 students have graduated from FTC’s Culinary Arts program since it began in 2011. The college has helped many graduates successfully land jobs. Its current placement rate is 90 percent. For more information, visit  FTC’s Culinary Arts Program,     By Terry Roen

Facebook Awards IT Student

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

At 21, Carlos Mota Has Two Game Apps in The Market and $30,000 award from Facebook to Keep Going. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mota said of the award from Facebook, granted through its FbStart program that provides winners with mentorship and access to technical resources. “People from all over the world compete. I never thought I had a chance. In fact, I had totally forgotten about it when I got the email,” he added. Mota is a senior in FTC’s Information Technology Networking, Web Design and Programming bachelor’s degree program. His latest game, HeroHopp, is available for free on iTunes and Google Play for Apple and Android devices. In it, players have 80 characters to choose from, each with different skills and personality traits. The objective is to make one’s way through the game, hopping from one elevated area to another to pursue the game’s prize: the granting of a wish. It follows the path of Box King, Mota’s first game about a whimsical king wearing an oversized crown whose gold fortune is stolen. He sets out to recover his wealth, but in the process he must dodge dozens of falling boxes to stay alive. HeroHopp improves on Box King by making the game more “one touch” and enabling the player to play faster. Mota began designing games in the third grade when his dad gave him his first computer, but that wouldn’t have been enough to create these successful apps. He credits the education he’s received at FTC as key to his success. “They have taught me a lot of different languages that I didn’t know when I came to the school,” he said. “Right now we’re learning a lot of C++, which is a language that lots of online games use. You can do an infinite amount of things with a language. It’s up to you and your imagination.” FTC Information Technology programs also teach HTML, CSS3, Java, Visual Basic and Python, among other programming languages. The Information Technology Networking, Web Design and Programming bachelor’s program includes courses in all three of the subject disciplines. Students acquire specific skills in Networking, Web Design and Programming, all of which are necessary in supervisory or managerial roles within the IT industry. The programs are designed to give students practical industry expertise to complement theoretical knowledge, while making graduates highly competitive in today’s labor market. “This is a great program, and the learning is intense,” said Rigoberto Maximo, an instructor. “You’re looking at something similar to a computer science program.” Many employers are impressed with the level of experience and hands-on practical training that students get at FTC. Maximo said many of his students have gotten jobs in hospitals, theme parks and Internet security. “It is a rigorous program and the school makes sure that graduates are capable of getting a job in a very competitive market,” Maximo said. The college also offers an Associate of Science Degree in network administration/hardware with wireless technology. It provides entry-level skills in areas like network design, network administration and network configuration. Coursework emphasizes Windows and A+ training. The program is designed to prepare a graduate for entry-level employment in network administration in as little as 18 months.   By Ivette Leyva Martinez By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

FTC and the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund Give the Gift of Education

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

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FTC students Carmen López and Zulma Echevarría were the well-deserving and proud recipients of the award. López is majoring in Criminal Justice, while Echevarría is pursuing a degree in Business. “This takes a big weight off my shoulders,” said López, a mother of three kids who struggles to make ends meet as a Walmart clerk. “The only thing I have to worry about now is making good grades.” When López received the award, she was going through a hard time emotionally after losing a baby at birth. Her spirit was down, she was tired and struggling to pay medical bills and considered dropping out. Her FTC family stood by her side, with instructors and fellow students helping her get caught up with school work at a pace she could keep. “This scholarship was the cherry on top,” López said. “It was like a sign from heaven that I was in the right place and should continue pursuing my degree for me and my family.” Upon graduation, López wants to be a juvenile probation officer. “I want to make a difference,” she said. “There are many teenagers out there who get into trouble because there’s no one guiding them. I want to help them turn their lives around before it is too late. I know it can be done if we had more people in the system who cared.” Lopez’s determination comes from her desire to give her children a better life and make them proud.   “I have no time for myself,” she said. “When I’m not working or studying, I am in the backyard playing with my kids. Their laughter is music to my ears. It’s all worth it.” FTC President and CEO, David Ruggieri, said López’s story was inspiring and a good example of FTC’s student body as a whole. “Our students have busy, sometimes complicated lives,” Ruggieri said. “We feel honored that they have selected our schools to empower themselves through education. That’s why we go out of our way to help them stay on track and be flexible when it comes to schedules. Ultimately, we want to see them all walking across the graduation stage.” FTC has long supported the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando because of the organization’s solid track record helping area Latinos achieve. “We are proud to be associated with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando because it really makes a difference in our community,” Ruggieri said. “Since its inception in 2000, HHSF has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to students seeking to improve their lives through a college degree. There’s no greater agent of positive change than education.” HHSF is the largest nonprofit organization in Central Florida dedicated to providing scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a college or university degree. This year, it awarded scholarships to 31 students who met the criteria, which
requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and are
enrolled or plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university in Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Lake County. Latinos are the fastest growing population group of Metro Orlando,” said Maritza Martinez, chairperson of the scholarship fund. “The economy of our region will heavily depend on us in just a few years. We’re working hard to make sure our community is prepared, academically and otherwise, to step up to the challenge.” Martinez said FTC’s support was pivotal to the organization’s efforts. “We are grateful of FTC’s support through the years,” said Maritza Martinez, chairperson of the scholarship fund. “’Hispanics are the youngest population group in Central Florida and also the fastest growing. Access to education enables us to be positive contributors to the economy, to our community and to society.” This year’s scholarship winners were recognized at a luncheon in late October. For more information about the scholarship fund, visit www.hhsfmo.org . For information of Florida Technical College diploma, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, visit www.ftccollege.edu. THE HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF METRO ORLANDO (HHSFMO) originated with a series of activities organized by the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee of Orange County, an employee group whose main purpose was to plan and organize activities for Hispanic Heritage month. The first Hispanic Heritage Scholar- ship Gala was hosted by this group in October 2000 to raise the organization’s initial funds. In 2003, as a result of this effort to support the local Hispanic community, a partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando was developed and the HHSFMO was established as a separate and independent organization. HHSFMO was incorporated in August 2003 as a non-pro t organization under the State of Florida. To date, HHSFMO along with the support of our partners, has been able to provide more than $1 million in scholarships to help 271 students pursue a college education.   By Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

Florida Technical College’s New American Force Trade Programs will fill in-demand jobs in plumbing, welding, electricity and construction.

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

April, 2016  By: Eleven Communications Construction is currently one of the fastest growing workforces in Florida and across the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor… Graduates of Florida Technical College’s New American Force Trade Programs will fill in-demand jobs in plumbing, welding, electricity and construction. Students will receive classroom instruction as well as on-the-job training with apprenticeship programs that will provide a gateway to higher paying jobs and future advancement in the construction industry. Construction is currently one of the fastest growing workforces in Florida and across the nation, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. “We’ve come out of the recession and now commercial and residential construction are making a strong coming back,” said David Ruggieri, president and CEO of Florida Technical College. “These Construction Trade Programs will open up new opportunities for people to get in the door, get licensed and advance within these high-demand fields.” Ruggieri said the college researched the local trade industry, incomes and job placements and found there were many construction opportunities that were going unfilled. He said the new programs would be a boon for students looking for a fulfilling career and employers who need skilled workers to fill jobs. Construction Trade grads can immediately fill openings for builders, inspectors, plumbing or electrician assistants or assistants to engineers and architects. Local employers are thrilled about the New American Force Programs. “Employers are very excited because it gives them well-trained professionals who can start work immediately after graduation,” Ruggieri said. “They don’t have to hire sight unseen because employers get to see the student’s work ethic during the apprenticeships. Also, students will already have security clearance on job sites so they can begin work right away.” Initially, classes will be offered at the Kissimmee campus and the program will eventually be expanded to FTC’s Deland and Lakeland campuses. The 12-month programs will be added to the 18 short programs FTC currently offers. The short, condensed nature of the classes is ideal for students who want to get trained in a new profession and quickly find employment. Gabe Garces, executive director of FTC’s Kissimmee campus, said the program is a perfect fit for the current economy. “Construction trades are in demand,” Garces said. “There are not enough trained professionals in the industry and there are not enough people going into the industry. Our graduates will help fill that void.” FTC currently places eight out of ten of their graduates and those rates are expected to be equal or greater for graduates of the construction trades programs. The Kissimmee campus was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, multiple times, for “engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.” Only 513 schools, colleges and universities have been named to the Honor Roll, based on volunteer hours. FTC had more than 50,000 hours last year. The new trade programs are another dynamic example of how FTC has evolved over the years to meet the needs of students and the job marketplace. Students can apply for scholarships, federal financial aid or grants to help pay for the classes. The Plumbing Diploma Program gives students the technical and practical knowledge to make installations, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of plumbing systems in residential and commercial settings. Graduates will be able to fill positions as a plumbing helper in residential and construction firms. The Electrical Diploma program prepares the student with the technical skills and practical knowledge and skills to perform installations, service and repairs in the electrical trade. Graduates will fill positions as an electrician helper in residential and construction firms in the electrical trade industry. The Welding Diploma Program offers the technical and practical knowledge needed to interpret manufacturing drawings and construction blueprints, calculate measures, as well as bend, cut, grind and weld ferrous and nonferrous metals. Students will learn Shield Metal Arc, Gas-Metal Arc, Flux Core Arc, Gas-Tungsten Arc and pipe welding. The Welding program is classroom based, with a combination of lecture and lab. The program will prepare a student for entry-level employment in the field of welding. Graduates from this program will be able to fill positions as an electrician helper in residential and construction firms in the electrical trade industry. Graduates of the construction trade programs will receive accreditation from the National Center for Construction Education and Research, which is the industry’s gold standard. The credentials ensure students receive quality training based on uniform construction standards and criteria. Students that graduate with the Construction Trade Certificate can be employed as builders, inspectors and assistants to engineers and architects. Florida Technical College was founded in 1982 to provide post-secondary training in specialized business fields. Today, FTC offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees and Diploma Programs in today’s fastest growing occupations across a spectrum of fields. FTC students receive the new iPad with e-books instead of textbooks, which allow FTC students to tackle coursework anywhere, anytime.    

Getting Ready to Graduate? Part II

Posted on April 8th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

Getting Ready to Graduate? How Social Media Can Help or Hinder Your Job Search As you get ready to graduate from Florida Technical College you are preparing your resume, practicing your interviewing skills, and working with the Career Services department to help you find your dream job. What you should also be doing is taking a look at your foot print on social media sites. Many employers check the social media sites of prospective new hires, and they often reconsider hiring someone based on what they see. Use Common Sense on Social Media   There are some major mistakes you can make, which may seem obvious, but don’t be the person who lets a potential new boss see these blunders. Employers do not want to see references to drugs, sex, drinking, guns, or profanity. If you think you might have any of these things lurking in your ancient history, from when you were less responsible than you are now, it is worth your time to go back and delete them.   Also Avoid these Less Obvious Mistakes   So those are the big ones. It makes sense to get rid of those majorly controversial posts and pictures. But there are other, more subtle things that may turn off a new employer. According to a survey, employers rethink hires when they see a lot of grammar or spelling mistakes in social media posts. They also don’t want to see you complaining about past jobs or bosses, making very strong political statements, or posting anything too controversial or excessively personal.   How to Clean up Your Social Media   You can delete anything from your pages that you think may turn off a potential boss, but if any of your sites are just overflowing with posts and pictures you think might cause you a problem getting hired, you have two options: You can change your privacy settings to make sure a new employer can’t see your posts, or you can delete your account. Having one or two pages that an employer can check out without being offended is a good idea, so do your best to make at least one presentable and visible.   How Social Media Can Help You Get the Job   Your faux pas on social media may cost you a job, but being selective and thoughtful about what and how you post can actually give you a boost over other job candidates. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, now is the time to start one. Being on this professional site shows potential employers that you are serious about your career. It also gives you a place to show your skills, education, and job experience, almost like an online resume.   As you get ready to graduate and find an exciting new career, remember that your online identity sends a message to prospective employers. Google yourself, clean up your social media sites, create a professional account, and if you need help, let our Career Services department here at FTC help you.  

The Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2016

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

The Hottest Hair Trends for Summer 2016 If you’ve been thinking about signing up for FTC’s Cosmetology Diploma Program, you are someone who knows hair, makeup, and style. You probably keep up with all the trends and latest fads, right? If you’re getting into this great career, keeping up is a must. These things change quickly. To help you out, here are some of the hottest hair trends for Summer 2016: Super straight and sleek. Straight isn’t usually easy to achieve, which is good for future stylists. A big trend for the upcoming summer is to go perfectly straight and sleek. All the ladies who want to achieve this look will need a good hair stylist to get it right. Think long, flat, with a severe part down the middle or tied back into a sleek pony. Dip-dye ends. Wild colors have been all the rage in hair for a few years now. We have even seen multi-hued hair and dye jobs that mimic an ombre effect. Now, the newest trend is to just die the ends of your hair, any color you want. Go for a few inches of bright pink or just a quick dip in baby blue for blondes.   Pigtails and braids. Maybe it’s the carefree attitude of summer, but the classic kids’ style of pigtails is back for adults. Any woman can work it if you do it right. That means pairing this childlike hairstyle with more mature accessories. Braided pigtails are especially fun and easy to do for summer.   Simple buns. Talk about the ultimate in easy styling. The messy bun is back and all it takes to achieve is a quick twist of the hair and a few pins to hold it in place. A lot of women will be embracing this go-to trend this summer. Any age, any color. While we have mostly seen young fashion trendsetters take on this daring look with blue, lilac, and even silver locks, the trend is now extending to more mature women. You’re never too old to have fun with your hair. Pink, blue, purple, bright orange, nothing is off limits. FTC has a thriving cosmetology department where you can learn all the latest beauty secrets. If you love beauty and cosmetics, why not work in what you love? Maybe YOU can set the trend for next season!   RELATED ARTICLES: Hair Coloring Technique- Balayage Cosmetology Schools in Florida: Hair Care and More

A Career In HVAC Is A Fantastic Fit For You

Posted on April 6th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Signs A Career In HVAC Is A Fantastic Fit For You Did you know that HVAC, or otherwise known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is one of today’s fastest-growing careers? In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for HVAC professionals is expected to grow by 14% from 2014-24. Offering a favorable employment outlook along with competitive pay, it is no wonder why this career choice is so in-demand. Wondering if a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is the right choice for you? Find out if going back to school and becoming an HVAC Technician is the career for you by checking out these 5 signs below.   1.) You’re someone that tends to be detailed oriented Do you consider yourself to be detail oriented? If so, a career in HVAC might be a fantastic fit. As a technician staying organized is a critical part of the job. For example, many HVAC technicians are in charge of tasks such as diagnosing and fixing repairs along with maintaining accurate records of the jobs performed. An attention to detail can help you perform these tasks with ease.   2.) You’re seeking a career that offers job stability One of the greatest advantages of pursuing a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is that you’ll be able to break into a career that offers stability. With HVAC systems being an integral part of nearly any property, there is ample need for individuals who are able to provide the necessary maintenance for this equipment.   3.) You prefer hands-on tasks Does the idea of sitting at a desk all day sound like a nightmare? Do you prefer to be up on your feet and active in your work? If so, HVAC might just be the ideal career for you. Often tasked with lifting parts, equipment, and other objects, technicians perform a variety of hands-on tasks during their work. Whether it be installing new equipment or performing repairs, technicians are able to enjoy an active career.   4.) You are comfortable troubleshooting If you’re someone that has little trouble getting to the bottom of something, you may find a career in HVAC to be your calling. After all, diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing are a big part of your job as a technician. In fact, technicians will often receive notices about a system before they even have a chance to diagnose the problem, making effective problem solving key.   5.) You’re searching for a career you can grow in Whether you would like to work in refrigeration, heating or air, or even ventilation, there’s a diverse range of career opportunities to explore with a background in HVAC. Work independently or as part of a team, the great aspect to pursuing a career in HVAC is that you’ll have plenty of options to explore. In fact, if you’re looking for a career you can truly grow in, you may find that HVAC is exactly what you’re searching for. Interested in learning more about a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning? If so, we encourage you here at Florida Technical College to see first-hand if going back to school for HVAC Training is right for you. Explore our campus, meet our professors, and experience first-hand what it is like to be a student at FTC. Don’t delay, schedule your non-obligation campus tour today by calling your nearest FTC campus location.   Call Central Florida Campus: (847) 402 – 3337 Call South Florida Campus: (844) 332 – 3409     RELATED ARTICLES : 5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of Why Demand for HVAC Technicians is Growing

5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of

Posted on March 20th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Important Safety Tips Every HVAC Technician Should Be Aware Of Working as an HVAC technician in the field of heating, cooling, and air can be a rewarding career choice. The opportunity to actively problem solve while enjoying a stable salary, the field of HVAC certainly has its advantages. However, while working in heating, cooling and air offers numerous benefits, that doesn’t mean there are not precautions as well. After all, HVAC technicians are exposed to a unique set of hazards while on the job. Which means safety is huge in this profession. And whether you’ve been working in this field for a few months or a few years, you will want to know these 5 important safety tips.   1.) Make Protection a Priority The most effective way to stay safe while on the job? Make protection a priority. Anytime you are being exposed to contaminants such as dust or other debris, you will need protective equipment like a respirator to avoid inhaling these harmful substances. In addition, you’ll also want to make sure to wear goggles or some type of face shield to keep your eyes safe from harmful exposure. Gloves should also be worn when handling particles and anything that has the potential to cut you. Remember, safety starts with protection first   2.) Assess the Situation at Hand In addition to using protective equipment to ensure your safety, you will also want to assess the situation at hand. Before jumping into a task, take the time to identify any potential hazards that may be present on the job site. Each job is a unique situation and location, so it’s wise to take the necessary safety precautions beforehand. While it can be tempting to immediately start on a job, it’s better to take the time to get the job done and do it right than to just rush through everything.   3.) Double-Check Your Equipment Moving from one job site to the next is a common scenario for many HVAC technicians. So having the right tools for the job is crucial when it comes to heating and air. Before starting a job, assess the required tools you will need in order to complete the job. Whether a wrench, wire strippers, or even a vacuum gauge it’s important to always double-check your equipment. Keeping everything in order is important for completing the task at hand while also keeping you safe in the process. Using faulty equipment is more likely to lead to injury so performing routine maintenance is key.   4.) Don’t Take Shortcuts In addition to double-checking your equipment, you will also want to make sure you’re not taking any shortcuts. As an HVAC technician, you’re working with chemicals, electricity and in some cases extreme temperatures on a regular basis. And while taking a shortcut might save you a few seconds, exercising caution should be your number one priority. In order to truly be safe on the job, technicians must follow procedure.   5.) Exercise Caution Around Chemicals While HVAC technicians face a number of potential hazards while on the job, caution must especially be adhered to when it comes to chemicals. With the potential to cause bodily harm, chemicals need to be stored and handled properly in order to prevent serious damage. Keep chemicals in original containers and never mix substances, even if they appear to be similar. In addition, store chemicals in well-ventilated areas away from vents to prevent fumes from spreading. And always follow signage and instruction to avoid harm not only to yourself but to those around you as well.  Interested in potentially launching a new career in heating, cooling, and air conditioning? Call FTC Now To Learn More About HVAC Technician Training   RELATED ARTICLES : A Brief Unofficial History of HVAC A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You  

Today is Earth Day!

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Florida Technical College