Recent workforce and labor studies indicate that two out of three jobs created between now and 2030 will require education and training beyond a high school diploma, but not necessarily a four-year college degree, so gaining a professional or industry certificate or license is a smart career move. Technical colleges operate under the governance of the Florida Dept. of Education Division of Workforce Development and by the local school district. Tuition is competitively low, and financial assistance is available. The colleges provide job placement assistance. The programs offer a mix of in-class, online, and hands-on experiences, and many of them can be completed within a year.
Florida Public Technical College/Center System “Career in a Year”
Cape Coral Technical College offers 16 programs in the categories of agriculture, business, health, hospitality, and technology.
Fort Myers Technical College offers more than 20 programs in a variety of occupational clusters, from construction to law enforcement to cosmetology. More than 150 business leaders serve on program advisory committees.
The Southwest Florida Public Service Academy, an extension of Fort Myers Technical College, is comprised of two separate public safety academies: The Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy and The Southwest Florida Fire Academy
iTech offers 17 programs, in addition to courses designed for English language learners and literacy and for obtaining a GED. Campus storefronts include: a cyber café and full restaurant, practicing medical office, automotive service center, childcare center, and cosmetology center.
Lorenzo Walker Technical College offers 23 programs, in addition to courses designed for English language learners and literacy and for obtaining a GED. Its state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot facility opened in 2009, and its catalog of offerings frequently expands to meet industry needs.