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Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies

  • St. Petersburg College opened the Tampa Bay area’s first Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies in August, 2012. A leader in workforce education, the college worked closely with industry leaders to secure funding and to provide technical expertise, materials and equipment. The resulting facility on the Clearwater Campus is an open manufacturing factory work environment to train tomorrow’s engineering technology and manufacturing employees.

    Technology has greatly improved the manufacturing process. Now, employees need cutting-edge skills. In fact, thousands of manufacturing jobs go unfilled each year because there aren't enough qualified candidates, according to the Manufacturing Institute. By simulating skills needed in emerging technologies, the center prepares students for immediate and profitable employment in business and industry. Students also gain the education credentials they need to be promoted. Read more about careers in engineering technology and our industry partners.

    How we got here

    • The Solid Works Design Center and the Additive Manufacturing-Rapid Prototyping work cell were the first in Florida developed through collaborative business partnerships. SPC has one of the most comprehensive SolidWorks programs in the state including Finite Element Analysis and certification at the Associate and Professional levels
    • Brad Jenkins, former Associate Dean of Engineering Technology, was named 2012 Educator of the Year by the National Science Foundation High Impact Technology Exchange Conference.
    • St. Petersburg College's Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology – also the first in Florida – has been adopted by 11 other colleges in the state and serves as a national model for other states. The program, developed by the Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) National Science Foundation Center and SPC, was awarded the Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for Workforce Education in 2010.
    • A new A.S. in Biomedical Engineering Technology has been developed through Department of Labor TAACCCT funds and will begin in Fall 2016 (pending SACS accreditation approval). This program focuses on biomedical device equipment maintenance, repair, networking and design. Please contact Dr. Brian Bell for more information.
    • The Lean Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt certificates are sought after by manufacturers, financial workers, healthcare workers, insurance workers and others from around the Tampa Bay area.

    SPC's Engineering Technology program provides education and training for industry-recognized certifications, including the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council’s (MSSC) Production Technician Certification, Rapid Prototyping and Design Certification, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt, SolidWorks and the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design certificate.