In Pinellas County, St. Petersburg College is a great plan for students who wish to pursue Career and Technical Education. We offer free college credits to begin your AS degree, impactful learning experiences bridging college to career, and industry certification costs paid in many of our programs. All at nearly half-the cost of state-universities. Each February we celebrate CTE Month® in support of The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).
At SPC, 104 of our programs prepare students to enter high-wage, high-demand fields that fall within the Florida Department of Education’s CTE Career Clusters®.
The impact of CTE education STEMs into many of our Career and Academic Communities:
- Engineering, Manufacturing, and Building Arts
- Health Sciences and Veterinary Nursing
- Public Safety, Public Policy and Legal Studies
There is great support for CTE, both federally and within our state. Governor DeSantis recently issued an executive order announcing his administration’s intent to make Florida “number-one in Workforce Education by 2030.” The newly reauthorized Carl D. Perkins V Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), a federally funded grant, will continue to enhance our CTE programs for years to come.
Our commitment to CTE opportunities for students through use of Perkins funds is all around:
- Connecting with Pinellas County School students who may qualify for free college credits after completing CTE courses in high school
- Staffing our New Initiative Program that provides instructional support to our health students
- Awarding free industry certification exam attempts to eligible students in several CTE programs
- Providing state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on learning, like 3-D printers in Engineering Technology, a SynDaver Surgical Canine soon-to-be in use by Veterinary Nursing students, and a new fleet of police cars for our Cadets
In order to foster community, SPC stays connected with our Pinellas County Schools. Together, we ensure strong career pathways for our future students. Many PCS students begin CTE programs early on their academic path. Some even earn industry certifications that build into “stackable credentials” as they advance their knowledge and skill – sometimes as early as middle school. That is why SPC promotes over 44 articulation agreements for recent PCS graduates to claim their free college credit from prior CTE coursework (and certifications) when they join us. Claiming their credits lessens their cost of attending St. Petersburg College, and makes their time to graduation shorter because they will not need to take certain courses within their degree program.
Students highly engaged in CTE programs during secondary school, are more likely to have a post-secondary school plan. The state collective, Advance CTE, reports that just two-percent of CTE students say they “don’t know” what they will do after high school.
CTE is also commonly known as Workforce Education, because it leads to jobs. In these fields, students can begin their careers after completing short term training, or earning an Associate in Science degree. CTE programs at SPC include career preparation milestones, and internships. Our degrees and certificates are great options for Career Changers, like student German Hall. He left his former industry of Sports Medicine to pursue Cybersecurity. German found our free certification opportunities to be just what he needed to switch career paths. German quoted, “If you have entry-level knowledge, consider CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification to differentiate yourself.” After earning his CompTIA Security+ certification, he landed a position in a busy Security Operations Center (SOC) in Las Vegas. He moved across country to begin his new career, and accepted a higher salary than his former position – all before graduation. Our convenient online courses have allowed him to continue his studies with us.
At St. Petersburg College, our Career and Technical Education programs prepare students to enter a variety of in-demand fields. Embedded free certifications and on-the-job work experiences put them at the forefront of their industry. These opportunities are available to our students year round. Learn more about us, or take your next step and enroll during National CTE Month. #CTEmonth #careerSPC #GetCertifiedSPC