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Florida Technical Schools May Soon Change To College Title

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"A career in a year!" That is the slogan trade schools across the state use to shed light on their programs. Along with the title "tech or vocation," come misconceptions about the opportunities that await a student after certification.

There are 47 technical career centers in Florida accredited by the Council on Occupational Education or COE. Since 2009 enrollment for these centers has dropped by 14%. In hopes to correct the trade school stigma, these schools are working to change their name to technical college. The Washington-Holmes Technical Center is eager to adopt the proposal as a rebranding.

If passed, current COE accredited schools would use college in the name.

This would require sign, website and catalog updates.

If awarded college credit they would convert clock hours to credit hours and certificate to degree articulation would be addressed by the Florida College System...

The Washington-Holmes Technical Center allows students to slide into their college courses more seamlessly through their hands on experience. Schools will know if the name change is a go by July 1st of this year.