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.
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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.