“We now have the opportunity for our drafting students to have hands-on experience with this latest technology, allowing them to be even more prepared for the workplace,” stated Tanya Taylor, drafting instructor.
“We were fortunate enough to receive a grant allowing the purchase of two of these printers,” said Taylor. “We actually had enough funding for three of these machines, but the consumables, or raw materials, are somewhat pricey, so we wanted to carve out enough budget for the operation of the printers.”
“Florida Panhandle Technical College will now be able to provide a more qualified draftsman to the workplace, capable of making the transition from CAD, or computer plans, to real world application,” continued Taylor. “When we have a graduate enter the workforce, he or she is going to be expected to understand and use this new technology. If we do not have the ability to do hands-on training at this level our graduates are simply not going to get placement in that workforce.”
FPTC Director Martha Compton is quick to point out that this equipment is just part of many recent and new innovations at the school which offers cutting-edge technological training.
“Our local school board supports us and our budget,” said Compton. “Without that support and funding we would not enjoy as high a placement rate in the workforce as we do with our degree and certificate graduates.”
“This technical college is a large part of the fabric of this community, and ultimately this region,” stated Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor. “We aim to give our graduates the tools necessary to obtain well-paid jobs, and more importantly, give our business partners well-trained employees, raising the standards of the entire area.”
FPTC currently offers programs as diverse as Hemodialysis, Licensed Practical Nursing, Welding, Pharmacy Tech, Automotive, Patient Care Technology, Networking, Cosmetology, CyberSecurity, Electrical, Law Enforcement and Corrections, and Heavy Equipment Operator.
Newest programs offered at the college include EMT, Fire Fighter 1 and a Drone Program, along with several others, some offering open enrollment or dual-enrollment for high school students (which is totally free to the student) and some to start soon.
For more information about Florida Panhandle Technical College and over 40 certification and degree programs offered, visit the Student Center on Hoyt Street in Chipley or online at www.FPTC.edu.