Greater Osceola’s qualified workforce is trained by local innovative universities and colleges.
Technical Education Center – Osceola
The three Osceola County Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) campuses are located in Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Poinciana. TECO offers certificates directly associated with expanding skill levels or preparing individuals for entry-level employment in today’s highly competitive workplace. Programs include Advanced Fire Classes, Business and Information, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Emergency Services Health Sciences, Human Services and Industrial Programs.
Valencia College Osceola Campus
1800 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744
407-299-5000 or 407-994-4191
Valencia College’s Osceola Campus is one of the college’s fastest growing campuses. Serving more than 12,000 students, the Kissimmee campus offers students the chance to earn an Associate in Arts degree – completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree for half the price of attending a state university. The campus also serves as a regional campus for the University of Central Florida, so students can graduate from Valencia and can earn five degrees at the Valencia campus, without commuting to UCF’s main campus.
In addition to an Associate in Arts, Valencia offers 11 Associate in Science programs at the Kissimmee Campus, including accounting technology, business administration, medical office administration, computer information technology, computer programming technology and emergency medical services technology.
- A.S. Accounting Technology
- A.S. Supervision and Management for Industry
- A.S. Business Administration
- A.S. Computer Information Technology
- A.S. Computer Programming
- A.S. Hospitality & Tourism Management
- A.S. Graphic & Interactive Design*
- A.S. Medical Office Administration
- A.S. Office Administration
- A.S. Criminal Justice
- A.S. Paralegal Studies*
Together with UCF, Valencia’s Osceola Campus has created the Future Teachers Academy, a special program for students interested in becoming elementary school teachers in Osceola County. After completing the program, graduates will be offered a teaching position by the School District of Osceola County.
Valencia’s Osceola Campus also offers job training for adults interested in learning construction skills, and Valencia has partnered with local construction firms to provide training on how to use heavy construction equipment, such as bulldozers and front-end loaders.
Valencia College, Poinciana Campus
3255 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Valencia’s Poinciana Campus – which will open for classes in August 2017 – will provide both college degree and career training opportunities for residents of Osceola and Polk counties. The campus is projected to serve approximately 2,500 degree-seeking students, as well an additional 1,000 students seeking job training.
Once complete, the campus will house 11 classrooms, two computer labs, a science lab and a culinary teaching kitchen for students who want to earn certificates or a degree in culinary and hospitality management.
The campus will offer students the chance to earn an Associate in Arts degree – completing the first two years of a bachelor’s degree for half the price of attending a state university. In addition, the Poinciana Campus will offer six Associate in Science programs, which are designed to train students for immediate entry into the workforce. The two-year A.S. programs available at Poinciana are: business administration, office administration, culinary management, hospitality & tourism management, computer information technology, and criminal justice technology.
The Poinciana Campus will also house a number of short-term courses for adults who want to start a new career, change jobs or improve their language skills. Classes available will include: English courses, Spanish courses and construction skills training.
Valencia College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center
1099 Shady Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Located in Kissimmee, Valencia College’s 17,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Training Center provides students with a real-world, hands-on manufacturing experience. It features classrooms with the latest in software simulation, plus practical training labs with industry-standard equipment to immerse students in their chosen specialization, from welding to CNC machining.
Valencia leaders have partnered with Central Florida manufacturers to create courses that provide state-of-the-art training for in-demand manufacturing careers.
Students can learn welding in 10 welding booths, as well as practice welding on a state-of-the-art welding simulator. Students work in a lab to learn the basics of soldering, wire harness, cabling and assembly of electronic parts. In the CNC machining lab, students learn how to design and program the machine to make a part, upload the program to the CNC machine and manufacture a part. The “mechatronics” program helps students earn 15 national certifications in a field that combines engineering and electronics – and trains students to maintain and repair a wide variety of automated systems, from assembly lines to theme park rides.
After completing short-term training programs and earning nationally-recognized industry certifications, graduates have received job offers from local manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Nautique International.
Stetson University at Celebration
Stetson University is located in DeLand, Florida, with a second campus in Gulfport, Florida. and two satellite centers, Tampa and Celebration. Stetson offers 73 academic programs in four divisional areas including master’s degree programs in business administration and continuing education course in progression development and information technology.
Stetson is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University is the newest and only public university in Florida dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It is located along I-4 near Lakeland, Florida, opened August 2014 with 554 students.
Florida Poly offers six degrees (Advanced Technology, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Science and Technology Management and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) and two Master of Science degrees (Innovation and Technology and Engineering).
The $140 million Innovation, Science and Technology Building is the centerpiece of the new campus, which has five buildings. The IST was designed by Spanish architect Dr. Santiago Calatrava, designer of several buildings for the 2000 Olympics in Athens.
The exterior walls of the first floor are lined with classrooms. Laboratories line the interior of the building. The first floor houses a Super-Computing Laboratory, a 3-D printing laboratory (with 53 3-D printers), a 250 seat auditorium and student service areas.
The interior of the second floor is an open concept digital library and student work area. The exterior walls are lined with administrative and instructor offices. The terrace on the second floor provides a venue for university activities and events.
University of Central Florida
Founded in 1963, UCF is the second largest university in the US with over 62,000 students.
The main campus of UCF sits on nearly 1,500 acres east of downtown Orlando. UCF has 12 branch campuses, including the Osceola County campus, co-located with Valencia College along East Highway 192 in Kissimmee.
Other branch campuses in close proximity to Greater Osceola are the UCF College of Health Sciences at Lake Nona (“Medical City”) and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
UCF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university offers over 200 degrees (90 bachelors, 87 masters, 31 doctoral and a professional program in Medicine) through 12 colleges. Seventy-five percent of the faculty hold doctoral degrees.
UCF is known as the “Partnership University” due to its cooperative research efforts with private industry. The Central Florida Research Park is the seventh largest research park in the nation and is home to firms like Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Boeing and Northrup Grumman. UCF is also home to well-known efforts such as the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, the Florida Solar Energy Center, the Institute for Simulation and Training and the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center.