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2018 Video Summary

Posted on December 18th, 2018 by Florida Technical College

Let’s take a moment to reflect on all the milestones we accomplished together at FTC in 2018: Highest level of engagement across campuses. 1,504 Graduates  – Congratulations!. February – Richard Sam Howard  & Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship. Expanded Programs 100% in Spanish: Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Electrical, HVAC with PLC. Community leaders share their path to success through our Influencer Series. August: One of our largest philanthropic efforts Offering: Medical Checkups, Haircuts, Backpacks full of School Supplies. Honoring Military: Donated metal piece made by welding student called “Never Forgotten”. October 25: Major of Kissimmee designates as “Florida Technical […]

October 25 is Florida Technical College’s Cosmetology Program Day

Posted on October 31st, 2018 by Florida Technical College

The designation was bestowed by Kissimmee Mayor Jose A. Alvarez in a proclamation that recognizes the community service and engagement of cosmetology students, instructors, and staff. KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2018 – Kissimmee Mayor Jose A. Alvarez designated October 25 as Florida Technical College’s Cosmetology Program Day, in recognition of the work with the homeless, veterans, and children that the school’s cosmetology students, instructors, and staff perform on a regular basis. October is National Cosmetology Month. Florida Technical College’s Kissimmee campus has been developing professionals in the beauty industry for almost two decades, teaching hundreds of graduates the necessary skills […]

Makeup Artist Nicole Dupré Shares Advice on How to Succeed by Being Disciplined and Innovative

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 by Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College resumed this summer one of its most successful regular events, The Influencer Series, with Opera del Sol founder and professional makeup artist, Nicole Dupré, as its speaker. In this monthly series, influencers and leaders of different industries are invited to a dialogue in which they share insights to help students expand upon their professional development. On this occasion, more than 60 cosmetology students from the Kissimmee and Deland campuses participated. The series is also open to the public at large. Nicole has worked almost a decade as a makeup artist with numerous performing arts groups, including Opera […]

Florida Technical College Awards First Scholarship Honoring Kissimmee Police Fallen Officers

Posted on March 14th, 2018 by Florida Technical College

Sgt. Richard Howard and Officer Mathew Baxter were killed in the line of duty last year. KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 16, 2018 – Florida Technical College announced today that Sgt. Omar Berrio, of the Kissimmee Police Department, has been selected as the first recipient of the Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship. Berrio, an U.S. Marine Corps Iraq veteran who has served at KPD for 19 years, will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with Emphasis in Homeland Security. Sgt. Berrio will officially receive the scholarship this Friday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Kissimmee Police […]

Florida Technical College is an Academic unit of National University College

Posted on February 6th, 2018 by Florida Technical College

  FTC is an Academic Unit of National University College We are pleased to announce Florida Technical College is an academic unit of National University College (NUC) and NUC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*. The MSCHE is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  We believe MSCHE accreditation further enhances our student’s experiences and opportunities in their future. As an accredited school, FTC has educated students for 35 years. With this change, we believe we are an educational institution with an even brighter […]

The Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

The scholarship will be bestowed to law enforcement personnel interested in furthering their education. KISSIMMEE, Fla.– Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, of the Kissimmee Police Department, fell in the line of duty earlier this year. They left behind young families and an entire community that loved them and appreciated their service. Florida Technical College is making sure their sacrifices are not forgotten by creating a scholarship that honors and carries on the officers’ civil service legacy. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself,” said FTC Kissimmee Campus Executive […]

New Spanish-Language Program at FTC will Help Fill Gap in Skilled Electrician Shortage

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

By Diane Sears Like the rest of the United States, Central Florida is experiencing a shortage of skilled electricians – a situation that is made more complicated by a steady and growing number of construction projects in the region. Almost two years ago, Florida Technical College began offering a special program to train people to be electrician helpers, who can work their way up to becoming licensed electricians. Recently, the college put even more emphasis on the program by announcing it will offer a version of its curriculum completely in Spanish, partly to accommodate workers who are relocating from Puerto […]

Flexible Programs at Florida Technical College Respond to Market Need for Healthcare Workers

Posted on November 8th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

By: Jeannette Rivera-Lyles The demand for healthcare workers continues to be strong throughout the state, and particularly so in Central and South Florida. For at least three consecutive years, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has found on its annual surveys that, aside from construction, no other field generates more employment in the Sunshine State. A college education is necessary for those wanting to work in this field. But not everyone who wishes to be part of it can go to a conventional college with conventional programs and schedules. It is for these individuals that Florida Technical College recently launched […]

Recently Arrived Puerto Ricans May Benefit from Culinary Arts Program Taught in Spanish

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 by Florida Technical College

By: Florida Technical College Florida authorities estimate that around 30,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to the Sunshine State since Hurricane Maria hit the island. The lingering question is whether they’ll find jobs. Florida Technical College President, James Burkett, PhD, is betting on that they will. He is convinced that the Florida economy is healthy enough to incorporate the newcomers, and is gearing up to offer them career guidance. As a first step, the school is launching a Culinary Arts diploma program fully taught in Spanish. Registration is now open for the program’s start date of Nov. 27. It will be […]

One Degree, Multiple Possibilities: The Versatility of the Culinary Arts

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Florida Technical College

KISSIMMEE, Fla., – Chef Luis Reyes and Karen Virguez both have a degree in Culinary Arts, but their jobs and daily responsibilities are very different. Reyes is an executive chef at Sysco, the world’s largest food distribution company. He develops and tests recipes and products to help clients make the most out of them. Virguez, also a Sysco employee, is a sales and marketing executive serving the Hispanic restaurant and supermarket community across the Central Florida region. Reyes and Virguez were the guest speakers earlier this month at Florida Technical College’s Influencers Series, which brings business and community leaders every […]

Electrical Diploma Program now available at Deland and Pembroke Pines Campuses

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College Expands its Electrical Diploma Program to Deland and Pembroke Pines Campuses Registration is currently in progress for fall classes. ORLANDO, FLA, August 17th, 2017 — Florida Technical College is expanding its Electrical Diploma Program to its Deland and Pembroke Pines campuses. It is part of a carefully selected group of programs that FTC offers in the construction trade and technology sector. Classes for the new program start in the fall; and registration is currently in progress. The program can be completed in 9 months and offers flexible schedules, enabling students to get the skills needed to begin […]

Florida Technical College Influencer Series Brings Food Network Chef to Campus

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Chef Dawn Viola, winner of Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons, shared professional and healthy living advice with students at FTC Kissimmee Cooking nutritious recipes with fresh products, free of artificial additives, is the guiding principle of Chef Dawn Viola´s life and business. The Central Florida chef, who won the Food Network’s Cooks Vs. Cons competition earlier this year, recently visited FTC Kissimmee to share professional and healthy living advice with students. “Education is the cornerstone of my success as a professional chef,” Viola said. “Make good use of your time here. Do something that scares you at least once a […]

Veterans Reinvent Themselves at FTC With the GI Bill

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Hector Torres still has vivid memories of what he endured in the combat zone in Iraq during his 15-year Army service. During a tour in 2004, he and his fellow soldiers encountered an improvised explosive device (IED) that blasted their Humvee and gravely injured all of them. Torres is now learning how to live life as a civilian and going through the process of reinventing himself. With the help of the GI Bill, he is attending Florida Technical College, (a military-friendly school) and has already completed the Culinary Arts program. However, this former soldier has always set the bar as […]

Alumni Scholarship – Florida Technical College

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Updated: 10/29/2018 Get up to  $8,500* per students towards a degree of your choice ! FTC offers Alumni Scholarships to graduates of any FTC program who enroll in a diploma, associate, or bachelor degree program. Qualifying recipients will receive up to $8,500 per student for bachelor degree programs, up to $3,500 per student for associate degree programs, up to $2,000 per student for diploma programs, up to the amount of tuition and fees charged to the recipient. Subject to change. Check catalog for updates. * This amount may be prorated if incoming transfer credits were applied or the student paid […]

Florida Technical College Hosts Semifinals of Global Chef Challenge

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College Hosts Semifinals of Global Chef Challenge The winners of the early July competition will go on to represent the Americas next year at the WorldChefs Congress in Malaysia KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 15, 2017– The knives came out and it was on. Culinary teams representing Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and the United States and other countries, battled it out this weekend at Florida Technical College Kissimmee for the right to represent the Americas in the WorldChefs Congress & Expo 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in France in 1928, WACS is the largest global network of chefs, representing more […]

Florida Technical College Honors U.S. Armed Forces Student Veterans for Academic Excellence

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

A group of 26 U.S. Armed Forces veterans was recognized earlier last month at Florida Technical College Pembroke Pines for their academic excellence and their efforts to make a successful transition into the civilian labor market. The students received plaques and medals during a campus reception attended by community and business leaders. FTC was recently named one of America’s best colleges for veterans by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a national publication dedicated to helping former military personnel explore careers and post-secondary education options. “We are fully committed to our veterans and are making sure their sacrifices and needs are not forgotten,” […]

Influencer Serie – Road to Success

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Raglan Road Irish Pub Executive Chef, Heberto Segura, to Talk About the Road to Success at Florida Technical College   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact: María Isabel Sanquírico Mobile: 813-420-2922 June 5, 2017 Eleven 11 Communications ORLANDO, FLA. –Heberto Segura, Executive Chef of Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs, will have a frank conversation with Florida Technical College students about how to grow in the food business and pitfalls to avoid, in June’s Florida Technical College’s Influencer Series. The monthly event, to be held on June 8, brings students and business leaders together to share advice and ideas to […]

FTC Scholarships Available

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

FTC Scholarships Available Please note: To qualify, applicants must apply before our next start date of June 5 2017! Click your scholarship option: Hospitality Scholarships Available Culinary Arts Scholarship Baking and Pasteleria Scholarship   Scholarships Available to All Programs FTC Alumni Scholarship   Please refer to the above links for more detailed information regarding our scholarship qualifications.  

Culinary Arts or Baking & Pasteleria Programs – Hospitality Scholarship

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Get up to $5,000* per student for Culinary Arts or Baking Programs until June ! (Only applies to our June 2017 Start) FTC offers a Hospitality Scholarship for any student enrolling in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastelería Programs. Qualifying recipients will receive up to $5,000* per student, up to the amount of tuition and fees charged to the recipient.     To qualify for the Hospitality Scholarship in the first academic year, a student must meet all of the following criteria: • Begin attending Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastelería program at FTC with a start date of June […]

FTC’s “Influencer Series” Brings Puerto Rico’s Largest Restaurant Chain Owner to Campus

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Kissimmee, Fla. – May 09, 2017 – Felipe Perez Grajales, cofounder of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated restaurant chain Meson Sandwiches, visited Florida Technical College this week as the headliner of the school’s ‘’Influencer Series”. This is a monthly event that brings business and civic leaders to campus for an honest conversation about success and ethics, as well as personal and professional growth. With 37 stores in the island, Meson Sandwiches is Puerto Rico’s largest and most successful restaurant chain. It was designated as one of the “Best Fast-Food Chains in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine. The chain began […]

Breaking Stereotypes in the Beauty Industry

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Nowadays, there aren’t many –if at all- careers which are exclusively for males or females. Gone are the days when some fields were reserved for one gender or the other. The field of cosmetology is one of those that has seen a gender transformation. What used to be viewed as a female-only zone, is now 16 percent male and growing, according to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. That number is only expected to grow. Men enroll in cosmetology school for the same reasons women do: to gain skills, embark on a profitable career path and enjoy a flexible career.  […]

FTC Pembroke Pines Opens its Beauty Salon to the Community

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by Florida Technical College

5/3/2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: María Isabel Sanquírico Eleven 11 Communications Mobile: 813-420-2922 FTC Pembroke Pines Opens its Beauty Salon to the Community The in-campus salon will give students the opportunity to learn and practice their skills while providing valuable services to the community. Pembroke Pines, FL – Florida Technical College, Pembroke Pines, open its beauty salon to the public to provide professional services at affordable prices for the benefit of the community. The occasion was marked with a reception, which was attended by students, city officials and business leaders. The salon is staffed by Cosmetology and Barbering diploma program […]

FTC Continues to Invest in Central Florida

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Florida Technical College continues to invest in Central Florida, following its commitment to educational excellence in our region. This Thursday, FTC celebrated its Lakeland campus expansion and renovation with a community reception and ribbon cutting ceremony. Campus President, John Buck, said the improved facilities are a testament to the college’s dedication to make education accessible to all and commitment to sink deeper roots in this community. “FTC is committed to Central Florida because we recognize that a well-trained workforce is the key to keeping the area’s economy bustling,” Buck said. “Central Florida truly is an important economic engine to the […]

Festival Independencia Dominicana with Florida Technical College

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Join us this Sunday for a fun day at the 13th Annual Festival Independencia Dominicana! Look for Florida Technical College booth for fun activities and giveaways. We will have an HVAC simulator for interested attendees to experience what it’s like to study HVAC at Florida Technical College. Find out about other programs offered at FTC. When: Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 11:00 am. Where: Lee Vista Park 7499 T G Lee Blvd Orlando, FL 32822 General entry: $15 FREE parking Artist Line Up: Hector Acosta “El Torito”, Toño Rosario, Fefita la Grande, Joe Vera, Ruby Perez, Don Miguelo, Chiquito Band […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

 Testament
 to Perseverance FTC 2016 SM FTC New Years 2017 v1 from Eleven 11 Communications on Vimeo.   Florida Technical College commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month by making the gift of knowledge more attainable for two of its students. The college worked together with Orlando’s Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando to identify two deserving students who were recently awarded $15K each towards their education. FTC fully underwrote these two awards.
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. […]

Press Release : FTC Kissimmee opens doors of new Construction Trade and Technology Education Center

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

October 27, 2016                                                                                                Contact: Maria Isabel Sanquírico FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Mobile: 813-420-2922                                                                                     […]