Prospective students and interested employers will soon have the chance to learn just what the new Suncoast Technical Education Center will offer when they attend the inaugural open house, set for Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Nature Coast Technical High School. The event sponsors are the Hernando County School District and the Hernando County Office of Business Development, which have collaborated to launch the first classes at an institution founded to expand educational and economic development opportunities on the Nature Coast. With primary funding from the Florida Legislature and supplemented by the school district and private business groups, including Hernando Progress and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Suncoast Tech has a mission to provide workers with marketable skills that are aligned with employer needs.
“Those who take advantage of the accessible, affordable training programs at Suncoast Tech will be able to acquire new skills and upgrade existing ones that are in demand in this region,” said Michael McHugh, director of the Hernando County Office of Business Development. “We are at the threshold of a long- sought-after goal that will help employ more residents of Hernando County, as well as neighboring Pasco and Citrus counties.
“We are delighted to spearhead the effort to further the education of adults in our region and to reinforce our commitment to the business community and the long-term economic viability of Hernando County,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Romano.
Registration for the first classes at Suncoast Tech are being accepted through Aug. 19. Classes begin on Aug. 26 and continue through Dec. 19 for these professions:
•Home Health Aide
•Culinary Arts and Commercial Foods •Cosmetology
Ideal Suncoast Tech students include working adults who are 16 and older and may be unemployed, under-employed or seeking a change of career. While in class on the campus of Nature Coast Technical High School, eligible participants are offered free care for children ages 4-10, Monday-Thursday. In addition, financial aid is available for select courses. Additional courses, more technical in nature, will be offered for the next semester that begins in January 2014. They include, but may not be limited to:
•Precision Machining/Manufacturing •HVAC/Refrigeration
More information about course descriptions and registration, or about the open house on Aug. 8, is available at www.SunTechEd.com, or by calling the school at (352) 797-7091