Another Record Year for Florida Technical College, Once Again Named School of the Year - FTC Florida Technical College

Another Record Year for Florida Technical College, Once Again Named School of the Year

The higher education institution won multiple awards presented by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges at their 2022 annual conference.

FTC Wins Multi Awards At FAPSC 2022
School of The Year, Grad of the Year, Member of the Year
Dr James Michael Burkett - Member of the Year Award
Dr James Michael Burkett – Member of the Year Award and Certification Champion

The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC) has named Florida Technical College (FTC) 2022 School of the Year for degree-granting institutions, the highest honor awarded by the organization to a degree-granting higher education institution in Florida. This is the second time in three years that FTC has been recognized by FAPSC as the School of the Year. FTC President James Michael Burkett was also honored as 2022 Member of the Year for demonstrating outstanding leadership and service contributions to the association. And described as being “driven,” “dedicated” and “resilient,” FTC Alum Ileana Perez brought home FTC’s third 2022 FAPSC award, the coveted Graduate of the Year. FTC was also recognized for employee excellence through certification for their use of the Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP). In addition to being recognized as an institution the Orlando DOA, Widalys Vale, was given an award as a “certification champion”. In addition, FTC President Dr. James Michael Burkett was named to the Executive Board of FAPSC as the Secretary. The ceremony was held during the FAPSC annual conference celebrated recently in Orlando.

FAPSC, established in 1956, provides leadership, support, and advocacy for high-quality career education in the state of Florida. Each year, FAPSC recognizes excellence in the educational sector.


Martin Levert, Holding School of The Year
Martin Levert, Holding School of The Year

Once again, FTC has proven to be an industry leader,” said Dr. James Michael

Burkett, president of FTC. “These awards are a testament to our commitment to academic excellence and to being a student-centered institution.”

While proactively responding to the changing student and workforce needs, FTC has proven to be innovative and forward thinking in their approach to education. As a testament to this, recently FTC unveiled two new commercial-grade kitchens, most recently in their South Florida campus and Kissimmee campus earlier in the year. Both facilities were designed and built to provide high-quality training to the next generation of culinary leaders across the state. The institution also recently introduced a three-year bachelor’s program to help learners make faster progress toward earning their degree, yet another example of leading in education by innovation.


Widalys Vale - Certification Champion
Widalys Vale – Certification Champion


“FTC has grown tremendously since we opened our doors 40 years ago, but our commitment to student success remains as one of our founding principles,” added Dr. Burkett. “We are honored to receive these prestigious awards from the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. These recognitions enable us to continue fulfilling our mission to establish a pipeline of talent for businesses across the state.”

During the 2020 FAPSC annual conference, FTC won the Institution of the Year Award, Graduate of the Year Award and Educator of the Year Award.

 For more information about FAPSC Awards, visit: /page/2022Awards




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) 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 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.


FAPSC currently works on behalf of all Florida’s degree-granting and non-degree-granting career schools and colleges. Licensed by the state, Florida’s career-focused schools educate and prepare over 250,000 students each year for employment in more than 200 occupational fields.  Organizationally, FAPSC is incorporated as a 501 (c) (6) non-profit corporation and guided by the laws of the State of Florida.