Tallahassee Community College

10/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2019 09:17

TCC Partners with Business to Offer Industry

October 16, 2019

Tallahassee Community College is partnering with industry to bring additional apprenticeship opportunities to Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla counties and beyond. It's an effort to address the growing need of apprenticeships offerings on a state and national level in growth industries such as information technology, healthcare, manufacturing and welding.

Apprenticeships are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. Employers throughout the state of Florida and the United States have identified apprenticeships as the primary tool for addressing their workforce needs. The registered apprenticeship programs enable employers to develop and apply industry standards to training programs for registered apprentices that can increase productivity and improve the quality of the workforce. Apprentices who complete registered apprenticeship programs are accepted by the industry as journey workers. By providing on-the-job training, related classroom instruction, and guaranteed wage structures, employers who sponsor apprentices provide incentives to attract and retain more highly qualified employees and improve productivity.

'Tallahassee Community College is proud to be in a position to foster key relationships with industry to meet their workforce needs,' said Kimberly A. Moore, Vice-President for Workforce Innovation and TCC2WORK. 'We believe that by aligning our institution with businesses we meet our commitment to our students served as well as to the employers that will hire them in the future.'

'Many thanks to everyone at TCC for opening up their doors to training America's future electricians,' said Richard Rieger, Independent Electrical Contractors. 'There is a dire need for this program not only in this area but throughout Florida, and we look forward to training electrical apprentices for many years to come.'

The TCC District Board of Trustees through a unanimous vote, approved the institution's partnership with the Jacksonville Plumbers and Pipefitters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (JATT) and the Independent Electrical Contractors. The apprenticeship programs will be delivered on the main campus of TCC at the Kim B. Williams Advanced Manufacturing and Training Center. The programs will include electrical, plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning and pipefitting.

'Our partnership with Tallahassee Community College will help continue to grow our skilled workforce in the North Central Region,' said Kirk Barras, Training Director, Jacksonville Plumbers and Pipefitters. 'We now have access to modern facilities and next year, a brand-new welding facility. This will help us in our recruiting efforts in the Panhandle area. We look forward to a rewarding, continued successful partnership with Tallahassee Community College in this venture.'

For more information, contact Kim Moore at (850) 201-8760 or [email protected].