Valencia College had a dilemma.
When it got a $2.5 million federal grant under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative in 2014 to expand training and education in high-tech manufacturing, it was missing a key component: A manufacturing training center.
Wanting to get started on training the future workforce due to more than 5,000 manufacturing job openings in Florida, with nearly 2,000 in Central Florida, Valencia College needed a facility quickly — without having to jump through the hoops of getting a building site approved and landing state construction funds
A ribbon cutting and open house for the The Carrousel Therapy Center was held on May 18, 2014.
The Center is a 14,200 square foot state of the art facility that offers unique interdisciplinary and centralized therapy and behavioral health services in Central Florida.
Osceola County’s first trauma center is now open, an addition local officials say will save lives.
Osceola County already has seen one transition in its consumer power base from agriculture to tourism. The next seismic shift could be to becoming a manufacturing base.
The proposed Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center under construction just east of Kissimmee will lead much of the new push in the technology-manufacturing field. But many other Central Florida firms have products to be built, and they need skilled workers to make their visions happen as well.