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

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

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. 

What Comes after Welding School? Job Outcomes and More…

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

As you get ready to graduate from your welding school program, you are probably thinking about a new career in this exciting field. You have a lot of options from working in construction to pipe welding and even ship building. First, you need to prepare yourself to be hired by working on your resume, interview skills, and on passing the National Construction Career Test in welding. The education you get from a welding training program will set you off on an exciting and lucrative new career path. Welders work with their hands, creating new things every day on the job. It is rewarding and interesting with room for advancement and growth. There are plenty of opportunities for welders right now and by getting a job in this field you can look forward to earning more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 400,000 positions for welders in the country and these workers earned a median salary of over $38,000 per year. Welding school is what will put you in a position to join the ranks of these skilled workers. If you are preparing to graduate from your diploma program, now is the time to think about what your options are. Start thinking about what kind of career you want, where you would like to work, and how you will achieve your career goals.     Career Opportunities after Welding School As a welder you will find that you have a lot of different opportunities for your future job. Welders may all do approximately the same work, but they do it in different settings, working with different materials, and in all kinds of industries. The main industry that relies on welders and employs the most workers in this field is manufacturing. The manufacturing industry relies on welders to make metal products, machinery, vehicles, and other types of equipment. The construction industry also needs skilled workers who have been through welding school. Professionals in this field work on joining girders, beams, pipes, in both commercial and residential properties. Welders are needed to build and do maintenance work in power plants and oil and gas refineries. Welding trade school can also lead you in a direction you never expected. Welders are needed in the shipbuilding industry, for instance. You could be a part of building new ships and repairing existing ships. You may also work in the aerospace industry working on air craft. Imagine working underwater. Underwater welders are particularly skilled workers and are in demand for jobs building and repairing bridges and other structures.   Advancing Your Welding Career  Fresh from welding school, being new in the industry, you are likely to start out in an entry-level position, but there is plenty of room for growth. Welding training through your initial diploma program is just the beginning. You will continue to learn on the job and you can even advance to better positions by learning new, more specific welding skills. For example, once you have mastered basic welding, you may want to train as a underwater welder. This would involve learning how to dive and learning the specialized skills for doing welding work under water. You might also just want to advance your skills and your experience enough to be able to become a self-employed or freelance welder. This can give you the chance to move around, to take jobs you like and avoid others, and to earn as much or as little as you want.   Professional organizations like the American Welding Society can help you advance your career beyond basic welding training. Through groups like this you can earn extra certifications, take professional development courses, and learn specialized skills such as using robotics, teaching welding courses, or welding inspection.     Your Next Steps after Welding School Once you have given some thought to what kind of career and future you want in welding, you need to start preparing to get that first job. It’s time to think about finding open positions, how to apply, creating a great resume that showcases your skills, and learning how to have a good interview that impresses prospective employers. Start with your welding trade school’s career services department. Here you will find the resources you need to get started on pursuing your career post-graduation. The best place to start is with job placement. Professionals in career services can give you a leg up on finding the open positions. They can help you find specific types of jobs. If you know exactly what kind of position you want, let these career helpers from your welding school find it for you.   Crafting the Perfect Resume Next, start to work on your resume. This is the one thing that has to represent who you are and what you have to offer employers. Again, career services can help you, but only you can provide the necessary information. Include past and current jobs, even if they are not related to welding. These experiences tell an employer that you have what it takes to hold down a job and be a good employee, no matter what kind of work. Your resume should also be specific about what you learned in welding school. List the courses you took, so a future employer knows exactly what you can do and what your skill set is. Another great thing to include in your resume is proof that you can do the work needed for welding. You can do this by including pictures of some of your projects from welding classes. Pick a few that showcase specific skills you learned.   Interviewing Skills A resume represents you on paper, but to land a job you also have to represent yourself and your skills in person. A lot of people feel nervous about interviewing, and you may too, but the way to overcome that is to practice. Do mock interviews with friends or family to get better at being interviewed. It’s a skill, and the only way to be good […]

Why Welding Training? The Trade School Boom Continues

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Manufacturing and construction are booming and that means careers for skilled tradesmen and women are increasing as well. This is matched by an uptick in enrollment in schools that offer certificates, diplomas and degrees in career-oriented programs, like Florida Technical College and its welding training program. More young people—and adults making career changes—are choosing trade and career colleges over traditional universities. So why should you choose welding training to launch your new career? Companies in the manufacturing and construction industries need all kinds of skilled workers, including welders. And, choosing a trade program over a four-year degree gives you plenty of advantages. You can get a career instead of a job and you can get it sooner; trade programs help you get into careers that are lucrative; and trade school is flexible and convenient so you can learn at your pace and on your schedule. Welding Training Leads to a Career Sooner One of the top reasons that people are choosing a trade like welding is that it leads to a real career much sooner than a four-year university program can. Even after finishing a four-year degree too many students find that their career options are limited, that the education they received was interesting, but not practical for employers. In less than a year of studying and training in hands-on classrooms, you can be finished with your coursework and ready to be hired. You won’t have to worry that your education will be wasted. Welders and other skilled trade workers will always be in demand. If you have a family to support and you don’t have the luxury of taking four years to get an education, trade school must makes sense. Become a Welder, Earn a Great Income The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary for a worker in the welding profession is $38,150 and the median hourly rate is $18.34. These numbers only represent the middle earners. As a trained professional you have the opportunity to work toward even higher earnings as you gain experience. Welders are also often in enough demand that working overtime to earn more is usually an option. If you choose a more traditional school instead, you not only will have to wait years to finally start earning, you won’t be guaranteed a good income. Skilled welders are always needed, so they can always command competitive wages. As a welder you can make earning a good living more than just a possibility. It’s practically guaranteed. Trade School Lets You Work at Your Pace, on Your Schedule Another reason that more students are choosing trades is that the training is much more compatible with the kinds of lives real adults live these days. Maybe you have a family and kids who need your time. Maybe you need to keep earning at your current job while you get your welding training done, so you can afford your rent and other bills. Whatever is going on in your life, trade school as compared to a traditional four-year university, allows you to take courses on your schedule and finish your training at your pace. Most students at FTC can finish the welding training program in nine months, but if your life is complicated and you need more time, you can have it. Take as long as you need to get your education, or get it done quickly. The choice is up to you. Enjoy the Comfort of Job Security Welding as a career is growing every year. As construction continues to expand, especially here in Florida, skilled welders are needed. Because only skilled and trained individuals can do this job, your welding training puts you at an advantage over other job seekers. Living paycheck to paycheck and never knowing whether you will be needed from one month to the next is no way to live. As a skilled worker you can finally enjoy better job security, yet another reason many people are turning to trades like welding. Technical and trade skills will always be needed and with the right training, you’ll be a step ahead of everyone else. Trade schools are getting more popular as people begin to realize the many benefits of ditching traditional education: earning sooner, earning more, getting good job security, and just having a job that is meaningful and rewarding. If these benefits sound good to you, get your welding training started at Florida Technical College. Get more information about the Welding Diploma Program and learn how you could be off to a new career in just nine months.

How Welding Classes Can Land You a Rewarding New Career

Posted on May 16th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

Did you know that the median annual salary for a welder is $38,150? And that’s just the middle. Those workers with the right skills and experience can make much more. Imagine having a career that allows you to create things, to build things, and to earn a good, stable salary at the same time. You can have this lucrative career and start earning real money, and it all starts with welding classes. Welding is not just any job; it requires training and a certain level of technical skills. An employer won’t hire you just because you are ambitious and willing to learn. You have to prove that you have the skills and knowledge to do the job. You can do that and get your new career off the ground by starting with the coursework in Florida Technical College’s Welding Diploma Program. Welders Earn Real Money There are many aspects of the job of a professional welder that are rewarding, but it’s hard to beat the practicality of earning a good living. If you have been working for minimum wage, or barely more, scraping to get by, you can turn that around and have a career that allows you to stop worrying about money. A good income is an actual reward that you end up getting from taking welding classes. As a skilled and trained welder you will earn a real salary that allows you freedoms you may never have thought possible. Many welders also have the option to earn more by working overtime. The more experience you get on the job, the greater opportunities you will have to start earning more as you are given more responsibilities. As a Welder, You Will Be an In-Demand Skilled Worker Welding involves a lot of technical skills. It isn’t just anyone who can walk into a facility and be hired as a welder on the spot. You have to have an education, a certain amount of technical knowledge, and hands-on experience to prove that you have what it takes to do the job and do it well. Once you learn to be a welder, you will have the skills that employers need and getting hired will be easy. As a skilled welder, you will find that you are in demand for jobs, but also that you have earned the respect of others. You won’t be just another unskilled worker; you will be a skilled worker, someone who worked hard to get an education and to take the steps necessary to learn and train. Respect from friends, and more importantly family is a great reward you can get simply from starting out with welding classes. Create New Things Every Day Another great thing about working in this career is that you get to create, build, and work with your hands. Welding is technical, but it is also creative. You will find that your work is a lot more interesting and meaningful and that it feels good to create something with your hands, an object or part that is useful and needed. As a welder you may be making and repairing items for construction, manufacturing, industrial machinery, or even ships. The possibilities are vast, but the most important thing is that you will be a part of a system that creates new things and contributes to the economy of your local area and state. Have More Time to Enjoy Life What reward could be better than being able to enjoy your life and the things and people that matter to you? If you have been struggling to make ends meet by working in dead-end jobs, your life becomes all about making money and trying to make sure you can get the bills paid and put food on the table for your family. Imagine taking that weight off your shoulders. As a welder, you can. With a more lucrative career as a welder, you will probably find that you have more free time. Unlike a low-pay job, you don’t have to get a second job. You don’t have to work 90 hours a week just to make ends meet. You’ll find that you have time to do the things you love, to spend time with your family, and to just relax and enjoy life. A career in welding can be rewarding in so many ways, from interesting work and a great income to having the freedom to enjoy life, and it can all be yours. You only need to enroll in welding classes to get started. In FTC’s welding classes you’ll learn skills from basic to advanced that will help you pass any certification tests and impress prospective employers. To find out more about the diploma program and how it can help you launch your welding career, contact FTC today.