TAMPA— May 4, 2016— Workers with skills in transportation and logistics are in high demand in Florida, with more than 50,000 jobs expected in these fields through 2020. To meet the demand, Hillsborough Community College has been building out a regional Advanced Transportation Technology Center (ATTC), a program that will now be completed through a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co.—the largest-ever corporate contribution to the College.
HCC is adding four new training programs in Diesel Technologies, Alternative Fuels Systems (CNG & LP), Aviation/Avionics, and an Automated People Mover/Light Rail Systems training program. The new programs will complement existing programs in Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Advanced Welding Technology and Bus Transit Technology.
The ATTC project also received $2.75 million in funding during the 2016 Legislative Session and has previously received two awards totaling $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The Hillsborough County Commission also provided a $75,000 grant for equipment at the ATTC to help support the college’s role as a founding partner of the newly formed Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County.
It is the second major investment JPMorgan Chase has made towards the development of the ATTC, the first being a $250,000 grant to expand the welding program. The firm is investing in workforce development in the Greater Tampa Bay area as part of its unprecedented New Skills at Work global initiative designed to close the skills gap between high-demand job opportunities, and workers with advanced skills ready to compete for those jobs.
“We want to help more local talent to be ready to compete for the jobs that are shaping up our city’s infrastructure: our ports, our transportation systems, and our ability to be ready to continue to compete globally are creating tremendous opportunity for economic mobility, starting with good paying careers,” said Mike Dosal, market leader for JPMorgan Chase in Tampa and region manager for Chase Commercial Banking.
“Hillsborough Community College is at the cutting edge of training the workforce of tomorrow, “ said Congresswoman Kathy Castor. “This is another important step in ensuring that we’re not just moving the needle but that we’re establishing a pathway forward for the modern jobs in transportation and infrastructure.” –
“There are two wins in this – our students and the community,” said Dr. Atwater, HCC president. “We pride ourselves in providing students with an opportunity to grow through state-of-the art training. The more employable the workforce, the better this community will be.”
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Hillsborough Community College serves more than 45,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin, and Ybor City. HCC is accredited to offer associate degrees and certificates by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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