(Orlando, FL.) April 5, 2022 – The NBA team, Orlando Magic, honored Florida Technical College President Dr. James Michael Burkett, among its 2022 “Game Changers”, who are leading the next generation of leaders in the Central Florida region. Dr. Burkett was recognized for his influential role and transformative work elevating the college’s social responsibility impact within the community.
“At FTC, we are diversity catalysts. We strive to create a positive impact in our community by ensuring our campus is a reflection of the state of Florida,” stated Dr. James Michael Burkett, President of Florida Technical College. “That means hiring more professionals from a minority background to executive positions, partnering with key organizations that promote the well-being of underrepresented communities, and creating more scholarships to eliminate some of the barriers minorities face in terms of career advancement.”
Dr. Burkett is responsible for launching FTC Cares, a project driven by three core strategies: Expand pathways for student success academically and professionally, Harness the power of partnerships to “Go Farther” and Make a Strong Impact” and “Pay it Forward”, an opportunity for students from underserved populations to give back to Florida’s low-income communities.
Looking to the future, the executive will focus on responding to the needs of the marketplace and expanding FTC programs accordingly throughout the state, strengthening the pipeline of talented skilled workers that will thrive in the region, and continuing building on FTC Cares foundation for success.
“FTC Cares foundation has helped us develop strategies to create and sustain a positive change. FTC is at forefront of transforming individuals, institutions, and our state by providing easy access to higher education to students from every background, regardless of their financial status, and by embedding equity, inclusion, and diversity into our college’s everyday life.” added the executive.
The recognition was held at the Amway Arena during the official kickoff of Orlando Magic’s Teacher Appreciation Month Celebration on April 1st.
About FTC: Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields, NUC University – Florida Technical College is an academic unit of NUC University (NUC), which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NUC – FTC offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in a range of professions, including Healthcare, Construction Trades, Hospitality, Beauty, Information Technology, and Business. NUC – FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, DeLand, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay, and Tampa. Program availability varies by campus.