Why a technical center?
Broward’s three technical centers are state-of-the-art, fully accredited, public institutions training the future workforce of the tri-county area. Our programs provide hands-on training by licensed certified instructors.
What programs do the technical centers offer?
Our technical centers offer a wide variety of workforce development programs in the area of Adult Education, Automotive, Building Trades, Business, Child Care, Commercial Vehicle Driving, Communication Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Fire Science, Marine, Health Science, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Medical Technology, Public Service, and Transportation Technology. Our programs are offered on a full-time or part-time schedule and we offer day, evening or Saturday classes.
Who may attend?
Enrollment is open to students who have the desire to obtain a quality education in the technical areas. Students with special needs are accommodated through our Exceptional Education Specialist. Our centers also provide opportunities for high school students in either a Magnet High School/Academy Program or as Share-time students. Non-U.S. resident students may apply as International students with the correct documentation as required by the Department of Homeland Security.
How do I enroll at a center?
Prospective students are invited to attend an orientation and information session at a center at which time they will be assessed with a basic skills exam. Test requirements vary by program. There is a $5.00 fee for testing. Students must also provide proof of Florida residency, valid picture identification and have a social security or student I.D. number. After the orientation and testing, students will meet individually with their advisor to complete the registration process and determine when they can be enrolled in their program.
Is there any career and educational advisement?
The technical centers have counselors and advisors that can help determine the best career for you.
What is the deadline for enrolling?
The centers will accept new students every nine weeks based on availability of the class. The centers follow the same calendar as the Broward County Public Schools.
How much does it cost to attend School?
Fees vary according to the hours of training for each program. The cost of programs range from $500 to $6,000. Payments are divided into a nine-week payment plan. (See a course Schedule).
Is financial aid available?
The centers work with federal grants and state trust funds. There is also financial assistance available through many agencies, scholarships, and other grant programs. Students are provided information on how to apply for financial aid and how to find other sources at the time of orientation and interviews. Students must maintain a “C” average and good attendance to remain eligible for financial aid.
What does a student’s day look like?
Students spend the majority of the day with one teacher. Part of the day is lecture and the other part of the day consists of hands-on training. Many programs have on-the-job training and/or internships. Class hours vary according to programs with full-time students usually attending five to six hours per day. Some classes are available evenings and on Saturdays.
Can I transfer to another center or college?
Our programs are competency-based. Some of the programs have a partnership with Broward Community College, and the students will be given up to 27 credits toward their Associate of Science Degree for their training at the technical centers in these specific programs. The programs are transferable to other public technical centers.
Is there job placement?
Job placement assistance is available to all registered and former students who are seeking full-time employment after training or part-time employment while attending school.
Your next step would be to attend an orientation session and take the TABE test. After the testing, you will arrange to see your advisor to begin your journey on your educational path. We look forward to working with you.