WATCH: Eastern Florida State Wins Chancellor’s Award for High-Tech Apprenticeship Program
By Space Coast Daily // November 8, 2019
received recognition for key role in forming the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program
ABOVE VIDEO: Eastern Florida State College has won a prestigious Chancellor’s Award for an apprenticeship program helping aerospace companies at Kennedy Space Center and other high-tech firms gain skilled employees.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College has won a prestigious Chancellor’s Award for an apprenticeship program helping aerospace companies at Kennedy Space Center and other high-tech firms gain skilled employees.
The college earned the Chancellor’s Award for Promising Practices for what the award called EFSC’s innovative approach to help students succeed in college and in their careers.
The award was presented Wednesday evening in Palm Harbor during a ceremony celebrating high achievement in the 28-member Florida College System that includes Eastern Florida.
“The honor reflects our commitment to working closely with industry to train students to launch the next generation of spaceflight and spur the growth of other high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies,” said college President Dr. Jim Richey.
“It’s about helping chart the future of Florida’s workforce, which was shown earlier this year when Gov. Ron DeSantis’ praised the program as a model for the state.”
The college received the recognition for its key role in forming the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program to meet the demand for cutting-edge skills.
Under the two-year program, student apprentices attend EFSC classes two days a week on the Cocoa Campus and work three days a week on the manufacturing floors of these participating companies: OneWeb Satellites, RUAG Space, Rocket Crafters, Knights Armament, Matrix Composites, Discovery Aviation, and Precision Shapes.
By mixing classroom learning with on-the-job training, students graduate with apprenticeship certifications and an Associate in Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
Among the participants who kicked-off the program this year is Kate Borelli, a student apprentice who helps build satellite panels at RUAG Space.
“It’s really amazing to know that I have a job after all of this and get to start my career so early,” she said.
“I always wanted to be part (of the space program.) “When I saw an opportunity, I jumped.”