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 Department headquarters, located at 8 N. Stewart Ave. in Kissimmee. The scholarship honors the civil service legacy of Sgt. Howard and Officer Baxter, who were killed last year in the line of duty. “Sgt. Berrio embodies the values of service to the community and to our country that we want to promote and perpetuate with this scholarship,” said FTC President Dr. James Burkett. “Like his fallen colleagues, he’s also shown selflessness and valor throughout his public service career. We welcome him to the FTC family with open arms. It will be an honor for our school to be part of his academic and professional development.” Berrio grew up in the Bronx in the 1980s and 1990s. The neighborhood, he said, was violence and drug ridden. He credits his mother with keeping him grounded and making sure he focused on his education. “My mother taught me that we are all responsible for our own destiny,” Berrio said. “We can’t use the circumstances around us as an excuse not to develop our individual talents. Throughout my law enforcement career and my military service in the U.S. Marine Corps, that has been my guiding principle and I have strived to share it with others.” Berrio will pursue a bachelor’s degree to be better equipped to compete for a management position in law enforcement, he said. Chief Jeffrey O’Dell, of the Kissimmee Police Department, said that Berrio has a bright future in leadership with the agency. “Sgt. Berrio has a very diverse law enforcement background, having worked in patrol, criminal investigations, and internal affairs and currently in our traffic enforcement unit,” O’Dell said. “I look forward to observing his development into an outstanding police commander.” Berrio would start attending classes tentatively in the next start of March 5th. FTC is an academic unit of National University College (NUC), a higher learning institution headquartered in Puerto Rico which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*. NUC and all its academics units have a combined total of 28 campuses in Puerto Rico and Florida, reaching 20,000 students. *National University College (NUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000. NUC’s National University College – IBC Institute (NUC-IBC), National University College – POPAC Institute (NUC-POPAC), Florida Technical College (FTC), The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (The DAVE School), and LaSalle Computer Learning Center (LCLC) are included in this accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. February 2018
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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 future ahead that will allow us to serve your educational needs even better than before! We are committed to providing our students with the best education we can offer. Sincerely Yours, Dr. James Michael Burkett
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 Director, Gabriel Garces. “That is a definition that applies squarely to these two officers. They paid the ultimate price to keep our community and families safe. FTC wants to make sure that something positive comes from this tragedy so that the officers’ legacy may live on and they may continue touching lives.” The Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter Memorial Scholarship will cover in full the Bachelor’s Degree program in Criminal Justice with Emphasis in Homeland Security, available residentially or online at the Kissimmee campus. Howard, 36, and Baxter, 27, where shot last August while performing a routine check into three suspicious people near the intersection of Cypress and Palmway streets in Kissimmee. At some point during the check, one of the subjects opened fire. Baxter died almost immediately while Howard succumbed to his injuries the next day. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet all the following criteria: Be an active Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) in Florida Have completed a State of Florida law enforcement academy program Submit a letter of recommendation from the Chief of Police or Sheriff from their respective agency. Write an essay of no less than 150 words detailing their contributions to the community and how a degree would help further their career. Applications and accompanying materials will be evaluated by a board comprised by representatives of Florida Technical College, Kissimmee Police Department and the families of the fallen officers. Scholarship applications are available at FTC Kissimmee campus Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department by January 15, 2018. The recipient of the Memorial Scholarship will be determined by January 31, 2018. Honoring Fallen Kissimmee Officers Through a Full Scholarship for Students About Florida Technical College: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, web design, criminal justice, culinary arts, and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, DeLand, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay. Program availability varies by campus. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. For graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
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 Rico and Latin American countries. “With the devastation in Puerto Rico right now, we anticipate that in the next few months or years you’re going to get a lot of people leaving the island, and they will be looking for new skills,” said Robert Cruz, who oversees the program as the lead electrical instructor. Cruz pointed out that the opportunities are greater today than they were 25 years ago when he started his career. He became a union electrician in New Jersey and has a master’s degree in education from William Paterson University. But electricians don’t have to earn academic degrees to be highly successful in their field, he remarked. In FTC’s program, students attend four to five hours a day, depending on the coursework they are completing, four days a week. They learn basic wiring, pipe bending, motor controls, and other skills. Graduates have found full-time jobs as electrical helpers. They are working on everything from fire and security systems to power substations. According to Cruz, there simply are not enough electrical workers to go around. “You can’t drive two miles in Orlando or Kissimmee without seeing some kind of construction,” he said. “Employers are looking for qualified personnel, and that demand can’t be filled without adding new workers to the job force. Many job sites are short-handed.” In the annual State of the Industry survey Klein Tools released in April 2017, nearly 7 of every 10 electricians who responded indicated they are concerned about the skills gap in the U.S. labor market. Nearly 95 percent said they think more should be done to promote skilled trades as a career option for young people. The results were from a survey of 600 electricians, including 40 percent union members and 60 percent nonunion workers. More results are available at www.kleintools.com/2017survey1. A Florida Trend magazine article published online in November titled, “Bridging Talent Gap, Growing Opportunities in Florida Through Apprenticeships”, reported that statewide, there are more than 232,000 jobs available. Some positions are going unfilled because of the skills gap, according to the magazine.* The Spanish-language electrical program will be offered at the FTC’s Kissimmee and Pembroke Pines campuses, where 75 to 80 percent of the students coming through the program speak Spanish as their first language. Cruz hired a Spanish-speaking instructor and arranged for textbooks and other classroom materials to be translated from English. The electrical program is also offered in English in three FTC campuses: Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and DeLand. Each class can have up to 25 students. Cruz pointed out that many of the applicants are just coming out of high schools, but others are looking for a career change or a way to increase their earning potential. “It’s a life-changing experience,” Cruz said. *Dennard, M. (2017, November 27). Bridging talent gap, growing opportunities in Florida through apprenticeships. Florida Tred. Retrieved from http://www.floridatrend.com/print/article/23484 Program Availability varies by campus. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended our programs available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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 new Medical Assistant and Medical Billing programs in a blended modality, with both online classes and on-campus instruction. “This is ideal for busy people because it affords them plenty of flexibility to tend to their families, jobs, and other obligations as they pursue their career goals,” said Leiby Adames Boom, acting Vice President of Academic Affairs. Registration is now open for these programs, which enable students to access coursework from a laptop or mobile device whenever is convenient, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. At the same time, students will have the best of the two worlds by being able to come to campus for labs and hands-on training, as well as to interact with instructors and fellow students. Jocelyn Tizio, 21, is one of the students taking advantage of the blended program. Tizio wanted to get a college diploma but because she works full-time in retail, her goal seemed unreachable. “I don’t have the luxury of not working,” said Tizio, who is pursuing a diploma in medical billing and coding at FTC Kissimmee campus. “That pretty much killed my chances of pursuing a diploma at most colleges. Being able to fire up my laptop when I have a break, at any time of the day or night, was my saving grace.” “Tizio expects to graduate in December. She represents the type of busy student that inspired the creation of these programs”, said FTC President James Burkett, PhD. “This is a great opportunity for people with busy lives, jobs, and families to pursue a stable and promising career path,” Burkett said. “The blended approach reduces the need for childcare and transportation costs, while increasing their availability to work while in school. It is truly a versatile and flexible approach for working adults that maintains the benefits of face-to-face instruction while allowing students to better manage their lives.” The Medical Assistant Technician Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to obtain entry-level employment as medical assistant technicians. It offers them the opportunity to learn online, in the classroom, and in a supervised clinical practice. Students also learn how to prepare patients for various technical examinations, such as EKGs and phlebotomies. The Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Diploma Program prepares students to obtain entry-level positions in the medical billing and coding area through a combination of both clinical and administrative training. Both programs are available in the blended, online/on-campus, format at the following campuses: Cutler Bay, DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, and Pembroke Pines. Program Availability varies by campus. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended our programs available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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 available at the Kissimmee campus. “Our goal is to help them make a transition and learn new skills to prepare them for a career in Florida,” Burkett said. “In doing research on employment opportunities we found that there is a critical shortage of culinary workers, especially in Central Florida. Being a Spanish speaker is not a limitation for finding employment in this industry. These things combined led us to develop a program to meet the needs of those transitioning to Florida.” Chef Abdiel Laboy, one of the FTC instructors who will be teaching the 13-month program, said the initiative has no down sides. “We can help people resolve their need for employment while meeting a critical need that employers have throughout the state,” Laboy said. “It’s truly a win-win situation.” Currently, no other colleges in Central Florida have a Spanish-language culinary arts program, Laboy said. The Culinary Arts Diploma program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary federation Education Foundation. It covers the creative and business aspects of the culinary profession with subjects like nutrition and sanitation, international cuisine, culinary techniques, facility and menu planning, and food and beverage cost control. The first 11 months will be a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on labs in a modern, commercial grade kitchen, as well as training and development at Zazón Café, a restaurant ran by students and instructors adjacent to the school. The program concludes with a 2-month externship. Chef Laboy quipped that Spanish is the official language of many of Florida’s commercial kitchens. “It is Latinos who put the sazón (seasoning) into what is being prepared in many of America’s restaurants,” he said. “We speak English too, but we like to communicate in Spanish when we are in the kitchen, perhaps because we feel it conveys our passion for food better.” Florida Technical College Kissimmee campus, is also a Regional Chef Training Facility for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1248. FTC is one of only five schools in the United States to currently hold the coveted designation, which will enable students and food preparation professionals to learn from nationally and internationally recognized chefs. At the same time, the campus is the headquarter of The American Culinary Federation Central Florida Chapter.
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 month to the Kissimmee campus for frank conversations with students. The events are held at Zazón Café, a college-owned restaurant run by culinary arts students and instructors. “The possibilities of a career in the culinary industry are endless,” said Reyes who got started in the business as a busboy in a restaurant in Puerto Rico. “From sales and marketing, to recipe and product development, to distribution logistics and management, these are all areas in which companies use the skills of individuals with culinary arts degrees.” Virguez, added that food companies, such as like Sysco prefer people with a culinary background in those positions because of what she calls the “relatable factor”. “After the economy crashed in 2007 Sysco hired realtors in sales positions,” Virguez said. “The rationale was that they know how to sell. What a person with a culinary background brings to the table, which a realtor may not have, is the ability to relate to the customer through the knowledge of food. Sure, being able to sell is good, but being able to help the customer select the products that would best fit his or her needs and satisfy customers based on food knowledge is even better.” Both food industry pros shared valuable advice with FTC students on how to be relevant and successful in their industries and successful. Chef Reyes stressed the importance of reading to stay current on trends and changes in an ever-evolving industry. Virguez encouraged students to document their culinary creations with pictures and recipes and organize them in a portfolio, which then can bring with them to interviews to impress potential employers. She also advised that salaries should always be negotiated to ensure that pay is commensurable to the market pay range. With six campuses statewide, including four campuses in Central Florida – Kissimmee, Orlando, Deland and Lakeland – Florida Technical College offers diploma, associate and bachelor degree programs in various fields as well as in the culinary arts. For information about upcoming Influencer Series events and speakers, follow FTC on Facebook at FloridaTechnicalCollegeFTC. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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 a career in the electrical field in less than a year. “What makes this program so successful are the experienced instructors and the fact that our classes are small, allowing for more individualized training,” said lead instructor Roberto Cruz, who oversees the program. “Our students learn from people who have been working as electricians for 20 years or more and use the same tools and equipment that they will encounter in the workplace.” This program encompasses the fundamental skills of the electrical trade, such as its history, safety, tools, understanding circuits, reading codes, installation, bending conduits, and testing equipment. It also offers classroom work and lab training in advanced skills of the electrical trade, such as load calculations, health care facilities, emergency and specialty systems, and crew leadership. For additional information on the program’s offerings, go to www.ftccollege.edu. The construction industry in Florida continues to be an important economic engine that adds thousands of jobs to the economy. Between June 2016 and June 2017, 32,400 jobs were created in all areas of construction, including electrical, according the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department’s report. This growth represents a 6.9 percent increase from the previous year. “This sustained growth is one of the main reasons to expand the program,” said FTC President Dr. James Burkett. “We’re developing a work force that will meet the demands of the labor market. The jobs are out there. We want our students to seize that opportunity.” For additional information on Florida Technical College’s Electrical Program, call 321-684-4024 or visit www.FTCcollege.edu. Programs vary by location About Florida Technical College: Founded in 1982, FTC provides private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts, and cosmetology. Program availability varies by location. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay. Important information about educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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 week. Challenge yourself. It’s a great way to learn about food and about yourself, and to grow.” On July 20, 2017, Viola was the special guest of FTC’s Influencer Series, a monthly event open to all students and the public at large that features business and civic leaders from Central Florida as keynote speakers. She started her cooking career in a rather unconventional way. Ten years ago, while working as a copywriter and a documentary producer, she was diagnosed with severe allergies to a long list of foods. Viola set out to study culinary arts and nutrition for her own survival. What she discovered in the process left her stunned. “We think that the amount of calories in a dish or whether there´s fat in it is very important,” explained the chef. “But the list of ingredients in that dish or product is even more important. If you cannot pronounce half of the ingredients when you start reading the label, put that product back on the shelf. That could be the reason you can’t lose weight or why you have health problems that you can’t explain. ” Chef Peter Vossenberg, FTC´s Director of Hospitality Programs, said that Viola represents the versatility of a culinary arts degree. She is an executive chef with Tupperware, where she develops recipes that can be prepared with Tupperware products. Viola is also a successful entrepreneur. Additionally, her company, This Honest Food, educates and empowers people to eat and live healthier. “A degree in culinary arts has hundreds of applications,” Vossenberg said. “We teach our students to think out of the box, dare to innovate, and do new and different things with the skills they are acquiring. Chef Viola is a testament to the fact that there are many possibilities.” With six campuses statewide, including four campuses in Central Florida, Kissimmee, Deland, Orlando and Lakeland, Florida Technical College offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in various fields, as well as culinary arts. For information about upcoming Influencer Series speakers, follow FTC on Facebook
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 high as possible for himself and is currently pursuing a Barbering diploma as well. “The GI Bill has been a wonderful tool to help me retrain and join the civilian workforce,” Torres said. “I hope to have my own business once I conclude this program. I am confident that with my experience in the military and the skills I’ve learned at FTC, I can make this goal a reality.” Created after World War II to help veterans re-enter civilian life, the GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit aims is to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. Torres is taking advantage of his GI Bill benefits by attending FTC. The school has dedicated staff that understands the different benefit packages for military personnel and their special needs within their community. “We are like a family,” Torres said of his veteran friends. “We share a common experience that has bonded us for life. We all want our military family members to succeed and will do anything to facilitate it. Learning new skills at FTC is one way to achieve that.” The GI Bill is not a single program, but rather a series of programs designed to meet the specific needs of different types of veterans. At FTC, an admission specialist can help identify what program suits you best. FTC has multiple campuses in Central and South Florida and offers Associates and Bachelor’s degrees as well as trade diploma programs. If you are interested in checking out what FTC offers, schedule a tour and a knowledgeable admission specialist. Program availability varies by campus. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended our programs are available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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 a discounted tuition amount. Additionally, a student may not be awarded for more than one scholarship during the program i.e TomorroWorks and Alumni Scholarship . August 2017.Restrictions Apply. ELIGIBILITY To qualify for the Alumni Scholarship in the first academic year, a student must meet all of the following criteria: Have graduated from any FTC program Begin attending a diploma,associate, or bachelor degree program at FTC with a start date of April 30th, 2018 Must remain continuously enrolled in that diploma, associate, or bachelor degree program for the entire academic year, and Be current on all financial obligations to FTC. To qualify for the Alumni Scholarship in any subsequent academic years, a student must also meet all of the following criteria: Achieve satisfactory academic progress in the applicable diploma, associate, or bachelor degree program. SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATION PROCEDURE FTC will determine whether a student qualifies for the Alumni Scholarship at the end of each academic year.A qualifies student will receive the Alumni Scholarship in the form of a retroactive disbursement not to exceed the amount of tuition and fees that was financed by debt and charged to the student for the applicable diploma, associate, or bachelor degree program, after first applying any other institutional scholarships, grants,or other awards to the student’s account. FTC will not issue refunds to a student as a result of receiving an Alumni Scholarship. Rather, the Alumni Scholarship will be proportionately reduced to avoid a resulting credit balance. APPLICATIONS PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE Applications for this scholarship are available at the Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department prior to the end of the first academic year. Awards will be based on applying and meeting all qualifying criteria. Call Today : 855-410-8388 Operation Hours: Monday-Friday: 9AM to 8PM
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 than 10 million professionals worldwide. The competition to select the representation of the Americas was held in three different categories: Global Chefs, Global Pastry Chefs and the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge for chefs 25 and under. The winners are: Global Chef category: Chef Robert Pineda, Colombia Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge for chefs 25 and under: Shayne McCrady, line and sauté cook at The Gatesworth, in St. Louis, MO Global Pastry Chef: Cher Harris, CEPC, executive pastry chef, Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA “We are ecstatic to host such an important culinary event at FTC’s kitchens,” said Chef Peter Vossenberg, Director of Hospitality Programs at Florida Technical College. “It’s a fantastic experience for our students, many of which volunteered to assist during the competition and had the chance to interact and learn from some of the most talented individuals in this industry at global level.” Florida Technical College Kissimmee campus, is also a Regional Chef Training Facility for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1248. FTC is one of only five schools in the United States to currently hold the coveted designation, which will enable students and food preparation professionals to learn from nationally and internationally recognized chefs. At the same time, the campus is the headquarter of The American Culinary Federation Central Florida Chapter Orlando Chef Reimund Pitz, a certified world master who is a Chaîne official, said FTC´s partnerships with the professional culinary groups will enable the school to access top talent for the benefit of its students. “The school is now in a position to tap some truly dedicated professionals and master chefs to come here and hold seminars and training events for its students,” Pitz said. “These partnerships will enrich FTC’s culinary program and take it to the next level.” For additional information about Florida Technical College Culinary Arts and Baking and Pasteleria Diploma Programs call 888-906-5730 or visit www.FTCcollege.edu . About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields.
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,” said Muriel Gutierrez, FTC Pembroke Pines Executive Director. “We admire their tireless efforts to learn new skills and sharpen their knowledge so that they may rejoin civilian life as productive citizens. Adapting to life outside of the military can be challenging for veterans returning from active service. Yet the group we honored has persevered and managed to maintain high GPAs.” Whereas military service is challenging, demanding, and dangerous, returning to civilian life also presents difficulties for the men and women who have served in the military. A Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans found that while more than 72% of veterans stated that readjusting to civilian life was easy , 27% said re-entering was difficult; this ratio increases to 44% among veterans who served after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Army veteran Christopher Doss, 35, was one of the students recognized at the event. He was honorably discharged in 2013 after five years of service. Coming back into civilian society, Doss had to deal with many difficult situations, including homelessness. Yet, he attended classes daily, never veering away from the course toward a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Networking, Web Design and Programming. “I lived in my car at times as I struggled to re-enter civilian life,” Doss said. “But even at the most difficult moments I never lost sight of my education goal because I knew it would be my anchor. FTC faculty and staff helped me get my life back on track and for that I am grateful. They really go the extra mile to help veterans succeed in school and in life.” According to The Pew study found that graduating from college makes it more likely for veterans to have an easier time readjusting to life after the military than personnel who are still enlisted and those who have only obtained a high school diploma. Because FTC understands the life-changing importance a college degree can be, it strives to provide students with the opportunity to succeed by offering them on-campus services such as academic advising, career services, and special events. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
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 foster professional and individual growth. Segura got his start in the business working in the kitchen of a South Florida steak house while pursuing a degree in arts and psychology, which he soon changed to culinary arts. He has since worked in Boca Raton, Las Vegas, New York, St. Maarten and Anguilla with positions ranging from chef and culinary consultant to restaurant developer. He has traveled to Europe and trained with prominent Irish Master Chef Kevin Dundon at the Dunbrody Country House in Wexford, Ireland. “I am passionate about learning,” Segura said. “To stay relevant and competitive in this business, you can’t stop learning and innovating once you get a diploma. I look forward to discussing that with FTC students and to answering all of their questions about how to succeed in this exciting industry.” Restaurants are an intrinsic part of Florida’s vibrant hospitality industry and are an important economic engine that generates $40 billion in sales every year, according to the National Restaurant Association. Restaurants are also a major source of employment in our state, where almost one million jobs are directly linked to the food industry. Many of those jobs are right here in Central Florida, which boasts 5,400 food-serving establishments, making the region a great place to get into the food industry. “There is demand for well-trained and educated food workers in our region and across the state,” stated Gabriel Garces, FTC Kissimmee Executive Director. “We strive to provide students with the best culinary education they can possibly get so they may have the best shot at success in this field. That includes learning about food and the industry in a classroom setting, practicing in an industrial grade kitchen, and entering food and cooking competitions to stay at the top of the game when under pressure.” In addition, FTC’s culinary arts students have a venue for training and development at the school’s Zazón Café. Here, students gain valuable experience in a real restaurant setting. Zazón Café is all about fresh, flavorful ingredients and mouth-watering American and Latin American fare. Chefs and students combine tradition and experience with creativity to offer a unique, exciting culinary experience. Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Baking and Pasteleria diploma programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission, the largest and most important professional organization of chefs and cooks in the nation. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts, and cosmetology. It was founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Program Availability varies by campus location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended our program available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html
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.
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 5, 2017, • Submit a 250-word essay answering the question: If you could provide a culinary service to a community non-profit organization, who would you pick and why? • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0, • Must remain continuously enrolled in that diploma program for the entire academic year. • Be current on all financial obligations to FTC. To qualify for the Hospitality Scholarship in any subsequent academic years, a student must also meet all of the following criteria: • Achieve satisfactory academic progress in the applicable diploma program. * This amount may be prorated if incoming transfer credits were applied or the student paid a discounted tuition amount. Additionally, a student may not be awarded for more than one scholarship during the program; i.e. Hospitality Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship. Save The Dates : Hospitality Scholarship Event Date: Friday May 26, 2017 Time: 10 am to 4 pm Date: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 Time: 1 pm to 7 pm Address: 3831 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, Fl 34741 Phone:407.483.5700 Come and learn how you could qualify for a scholarship of up to $5,000 per student, spots are limited, please RVSP NOW! Disclaimer FTC will determine whether a student qualifies for the Hospitality Scholarship at the end of each academic year. A qualified student will receive the Hospitality Scholarship in the form of a retroactive disbursement not to exceed the amount of tuition and fees that was financed by debt and charged to the student for the applicable associate or bachelor degree program, after first applying any other institutional scholarships, grants, or other awards to the student’s account. FTC will not issue refunds to a student as a result of receiving a Hospitality Scholarship. Rather, the Hospitality Scholarship will be proportionately reduced to avoid a resulting credit balance. Applications for this scholarship are available at the Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department prior to the end of the first academic year. Awards will be based on applying and meeting all qualifying criteria. Please contact the Financial Aid Department for further information. Subject to change. Check catalog for updates.
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 with one single store in the island’s northwestern coast, launched by Pérez Grajales’ father, in which all of his children worked from a very early age. The chain’s success is a story worth sharing with the students, FTC Kissimmee Executive Director Gabriel Garcés said, because it has a good dose of reality. “We want to motivate our students to stay focused on their goals, as well as to instill in them an accurate perception of how success is really attained,” Garcés said. “Meson didn’t become what they are overnight. There were ups and downs, but mostly there was focus, dedication and a determination not to fail. That’s an important life lesson.” Meson began its expansion into the mainland U.S. in 2015 with its first store in Orlando. To date, it has three restaurants in the area and two in the making. “To be an entrepreneur, you must love what you do and love it a lot,” said Perez about the long hours and personal sacrifices his family made while developing the business. “Don’t waste time looking around to see what others are doing. Look ahead and inward. See what you can improve and don’t stop innovating.” Joel Borges, a Baking & Pasteleria student who attended the event, said that he was leaving it inspired to pursue his goal of owning a cake business. “My Amaretto cake is the best,” said Borges, who expects to graduate in the fall. “It just melts in your mouth. What if I can take that and turn it into how I support my family? That would be the dream. I’m confident than with the education I’m getting and hard work I can get there.” FTC’s Culinary Arts and Baking & Pasteleria programs are hands-on. Students learn by practicing dishes and techniques in a commercial grade kitchen. The programs also teach skills to manage food service businesses such as cost control, menu creation and facility operations. FTC’s Culinary Arts and Baking & Pasteleria are offered only at the Kissimmee campus. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
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. Having the skills needed to work in the industry of cosmetology is imperative to stay up to date on the latest industry trends. Students who graduate from a cosmetology program will have the knowledge necessary to work for themselves in their own establishment, if they so please, or go with an established salon, after obtaining the required state license. Another reason why men join cosmetology schools is to step foot into future career, one that allows you to stand out and make a name for themselves. Cosmetology school is a trade program that prepares students in as little as 12 months for careers in hair styling, salon ownership, makeup, skin care, and barbering. At Florida Technical College, cosmetology school is made easy. The program is offered in three campuses: Deland, Kissimmee and Pembroke Pines. If you want a beauty industry career, now is a great time to prepare for it. Why hold on to that dead-end job that you have no passion for? Contact FTC today to find out more about cosmetology school and how to enroll. You’ll be on your way to a better future. FTC’s Cosmetology school will provide you with hands-on experience to immediately insert yourself in the job market after obtaining your cosmetology state-required license. Whatever your motivation is, FTC can help you achieve your goal. Program availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at http://www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html. For more information or to find out about the cosmetology school enrollment contact us now! By Nicole Britton Hansen, FTC Pembroke Pines Business Lead Source: Facts & Figures
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 students, who will be supervised at all times by a licensed professional on site with 30 work stations. Salon hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. , Monday through Thursday. “Students will provide families, low income individuals, the elderly, and anyone who comes through our doors with services for their haircare needs at a affordable price,” said Muriel Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Pembroke Pines campus. “Additionally, we will be working with several nonprofits, like Job Corps of South Florida, giving free services to their clients. It’s a great experience for our students, but also immensely gratifying for them as members of this community.” Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis said that FTC’s initiative shows its commitment and dedication to the city and its residents. “We are 175,000 strong and growing,” Ortis said. “Ours is a very diverse, beautiful community. Some predict that in a couple of years we will be bigger than Fort Lauderdale. It’s very gratifying to see partners like FTC and their students growing with our city and giving back this way. FTC has our undivided support.” Students in the Barbering Diploma program learn men’s hair styling and hair coloring techniques. Face shaving, and beard and mustache care, is also part of the curriculum. Students in cosmetology are trained on face makeup, hair cutting and coloring techniques, and salon design and management. Each FTC cosmetology and barbering student gets a complete beauty kit with the supplies and tools needed for the course, including five mannequin heads for those in cosmetology. A brand-new, in campus beauty salon, complete with chairs and technology, is the stage where students will practice their skills. In addition to Barbering and Cosmetology, Florida Technical College, Pembroke Pines, offers a variety of Bachelor, Associate and Diploma Programs in areas like Criminal Justice. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html.
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 state and we are proud to be doing our part to keep it that way.” The expansion adds nearly 1800-square-foot to the campus, which is home to more than 300 students pursuing two and four year degrees, as well as diploma programs, in areas like criminal justice, business and marketing, and allied health care. Florida Technical College has three more campuses in Central Florida and two others in South Florida.
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 and more! For more information, contact Tony Lima Productions at 407-709-2500 To see this event on Facebook, click here.
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
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
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
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
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. “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
October 27, 2016 Contact: Maria Isabel Sanquírico FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mobile: 813-420-2922 FTC Kissimmee Opens Doors of New Construction Trade and Technology Education Center Kissimmee, FL – Florida Technical College Kissimmee Campus officially opened its new Construction Trade and Technology Education Center. The facilities are a modern training ground for a myriad of construction disciplines, including welding, electrical and HVAC. The construction industry is currently generating almost as many jobs in Central Florida as the hospitality industry. During the last year alone, more than 12,000 jobs related to the construction sector have been created in the region, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “We strive to create programs that respond to the needs in our community’s labor force,” said FTC President and CEO, David Ruggieri. “We’re developing the work force that will step up to the plate and continue to build and improve Central Florida’s skyline. The jobs are out there. Construction is neck to neck with the hospitality industry. We want for our students to be able to seize on that opportunity.” Ruggieri added that today’s construction sites are more high-tech and sophisticated than before and to be successful, workers need to be knowledgeable about much more than brick and mortar. “We’ve paid careful attention to equipping our Center with the best there is when it comes to tools, machinery and virtual reality simulators,” Ruggieri said. “We can’t overlook the fact that 21st century workers need to be technology savvy in order to be successful.” FTC Kissimmee Campus Executive Director Gabriel Garcés explained that learning at the school’s new center will be hands on and interactive. “Students will learn by doing,” Garcés said. “They will develop skills as they go, in a real-life learning environment. 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 now open for classes starting the fourth week of November. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology. FTC’s campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, DeLand, Kissimmee, Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.