Seminole State College Of Florida Celebrates Career And Technical Education Month  

SANFORD – Seminole State College students and faculty in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs join others across the nation during February to celebrate CTE Month and highlight its value. Additionally, the united goal is to raise awareness of the role that CTE has in readying learners for college and career achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs in Florida.

Seminole State students can access 90 CTE college credit and career certificates and apprenticeship programs including automotive repair, business and office skills, computing and networking, construction, design, engineering technology, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, marketing, public safety, video production and more.

The College will start a new college credit certificate in Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors for Manufacturing and an Apprenticeship in Building Controls in Fall 2024. Many certificates can be taken in 12 months and are upwardly compatible with Seminole State’s 28 Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees.

“By partnering with our local school district, industry partners, and the State of Florida’s Get There Florida workforce education initiative, we provide pathways for high school graduates and working adults who want to learn the latest skills and technologies from experienced, licensed professionals and gain rewarding, practical careers. Many of our credentials are also stackable, so students can gain employment while continuing their education. This gives our students an advantage over students from technical colleges in the region which do not offer college degrees,” said Seminole State’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Loretta Ovueraye.

As high school teachers and counselors prepare CTE students for their future careers as skilled professionals, students also engage in hands-on learning with real-life applications. These approaches to teaching and learning are linked to greater understanding, comprehension, and retention.

CTE is a modern approach to higher education and training, and it can accelerate personal and professional success. With few or no barriers to enrollment and many career pathways to choose from, CTE offers a way for students to gain skills and earn certifications in some of Florida’s most critical and desirable industries. CTE programs can set individuals on the right path in less time with less cost.

According to the Florida Department of Education, Florida is on the path to becoming a top 10 global economy by 2030. With hundreds of thousands of open jobs in Florida, educators must align market needs with talent supply and implement the right training for mid to high-wage, high-demand jobs. In doing so, educators improve students’ chances for a more prosperous future.

To find out more about CTE programs at Seminole State College the public is invited to attend the following free events in February:

Altamonte Springs Campus Open House – 850 S State Rd 434, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 – Feb. 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – The College will be showcasing its healthcare careers and labs plus ESOL, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs.

Virtual Nursing Information Session – Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Nursing Information Sessions – Seminole State College

Sanford/Lake Mary Campus EMS Information Sessions – 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773 – Center for Public Safety, Room 134 – Feb. 13, 20 and 27 from 4 -5 p.m. – EMS Information Sessions – Seminole State College

Heathrow Campus Computer-Aided Design Technologies Information Session – 1055 AAA Dr., Heathrow, FL 32746 – Room 227 – Feb. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Heathrow Campus Interior Design Trade Show – 1055 AAA Dr., Heathrow, FL 32746 – Feb. 28 from 1-4 p.m. – Interior Design Program – Visit with 30+ vendors representing interior/architectural finishes, textile, and furniture companies.