Synopsis of Proposal for 5-year Startup Funding
(Florida Jobs Growth Grant Applied for – Not yet funded)
The Immokalee Technical College (iTECH), operated by Collier County Public Schools, in partnership with the Glades County Board of County Commissioners, and with the support of Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee County Schools, is requesting $5.435 million dollars to improve, equip and staff the Glades County Commission Training Center located at 1030 Industrial Drive, Moore Haven, FL. which will establish a Glades County branch campus of the Immokalee Technical College providing much needed post-secondary certified training for the surrounding region.
The initial offerings at iTECH Technical College Glades (iTECH Glades) will include 10 locally targeted occupations from the 4 surrounding Workforce Regions. All program offerings will lead to a Post-Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Certificates in addition to preparing graduates for state and national credentials. 7 out of the 10 targeted training programs will be completed in a year or less, allowing iTECH Glades to produce skilled workers to enter to local workforce very quickly. The remaining three high-skilled high-wage training programs will continue to support the need for regional Workforce Targeted Occupations in the areas of Diesel Technicians, HVAC Technicians, and Licensed Practical Nurses.
This multi-county collaborative venture will give iTECH Glades the ability to serve a population that has historically seen limited access to post-secondary training by providing transferable and sustainable technical skills necessary to excel in the regional workforce. iTECH Glades will become the first public technical college to be operated by a school board outside of its county borders in this exciting regional approach for workforce training. We believe that iTECH and Collier County Public Schools has a proven track record of providing successful post-secondary workforce training and has the capacity and expertise to fill the need for technical training for the southern central area of Florida while promoting economic development for this rural area.
Commercial Class A Vehicle Driving
Commercial Class B Vehicle Driving
Diesel Systems Technician
Air-Conditioning Refrigeration Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing
Certified Nursing Assistant
Culinary Arts & Hospitality