Commonly Asked Questions
Manufacturing in Central Florida is extremely diverse and critical to our local economy. There are currently more than 5,000 job openings for skilled workers, according to the Manufacturers Association of Florida. But because there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the positions, the state’s 17,000 manufacturers—who make everything from electronics to medical devices—often spend months looking for qualified candidates to fill open positions.
Manufacturing is one of the industries that will be affected by the consistent retirements of Baby Boomer employees. As the experienced and talented workforce leaves, there must be employees with skills to take their place. There could not be a better time to begin a career in advanced manufacturing.
Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing Center is located at 1099 Shady Lane, Kissimmee, FL. If you take the Turnpike to the 192 exit, the center is directly across U.S. Route 192 about a ¼ of a mile on the left.
A variety of short-term training programs are offered at the Advanced Manufacturing Center. All of these programs provide students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on training needed to earn a national or international industry manufacturing certification.
Valencia offers Advanced Manufacturing programs at our West Campus at 1800 South Kirkman Road. When hands-on segments are required for training, they are provided at the Osceola County location and/or one of Valencia’s advanced manufacturing partners’ Orange County locations that can assist with the hands-on training requirements.
Valencia offers Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Drafting and Design Technology. Students who earn short-term industry certifications may earn credit toward the A.S. degree program and continue their education. After earning an A.S. degree, options exist to continue to a four-year degree.
Valencia is working with CareerSource Central Florida and other community partners to match career opportunities with those who need them most. Individuals who meet the outlined eligibility requirements may qualify for financial assistance for enrollment in one of Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing programs. Students may also apply for a fixed or variable Sallie Mae Smart Loan® to apply toward tuition and fees. Our Advanced Manufacturing program advisors are on hand to assist you. Contact a program advisor or call 407-582-8227 to learn more.
Yes. Our team works with local manufacturers to understand their hiring needs. Once you complete your program of study, you will receive assistance in creating a resume and profile. Our partner employers who are seeking individuals with your certification or specialization will be notified that you are certified. Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing staff also coordinate employment fairs with employers as needed.
There are multiple ways an employer can get involved with Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing programs. Support from our local manufacturers is critical to our success. Employers can provide support of our programming by participating on various committees, helping to design hands-on curriculum, and providing access to specialty tools and equipment. Employers can also assist our students with practice interviews and if a good match exists, hire our students. To discuss how your organization can play a role in our program, please contact the program director at 407-582-5262.
Valencia is seeking high-quality instructors for its Advanced Manufacturing programs in the areas of welding, assembly, CNC, quality, Six Sigma and lean manufacturing. You must have extensive industry experience in one of these disciplines or be considered a subject matter expert. If you are interested in an instructor position, please contact our program director at 407-582-5262.
|Program Advisor||Chris LeGoullon||407-582-8227|
|Program Manager||Randy White||407-582-8207|
|Administrative Assistant||Keisha Sweeney||407-582-8245|