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Research the certificate programs offered at Winter Park Tech in Winter Park, FL. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Winter Park Tech

Winter Park Tech (WPT) is a public career and technical training school that is located in Central Florida near the Winter Park business district. WPT's main campus and its Avalon branch campus in East Orlando are a part of the Orange County Public Schools career and technical education system. As a recognized leader in Florida career and technical training, the school provides state-of-the-art equipment and work/service partnerships with over 300 business and industry leaders to remain current with industry standards.

Winter Park Tech has helped adult learners develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in future job environments since its founding in 2005. The school provides skill-centered instruction and hands-on experience to teach marketable skills. Upon completion of academic studies and technical training, students may use the WPT career center for counseling, internet job searches, resume building and job interview practice.

Winter Park Tech has received recognition for academic achievements and technical skills excellence. In 2010, a group of academic program students were formally admitted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. WPT students also received top-rank awards in the 2011 Florida SkillsUSA region-3 competitions. Students placed first, second and third in competition skills such as nail care, advertising design and computer repair. The school received the highest involvement award given by the Winter Park community in 2011, as well.

Academics

Winter Park Tech offers 22 career-training programs, including one-year certificate programs in areas such as facial treatment specialist/facialist and nail technician specialist/manicurist. In WPT's one-year-to-less-than-two-year certificate programs, health info/medical records technology/technician and pharmacy tech assistant are additional popular majors. The adult education program, GED prep classes, short-term classes, online courses and health-related continuing education unit (CEU) classes help students work around busy schedules by providing flexible options. Students at WPT also benefit from small classes that offer additional time with an instructor if needed.

Earning college credit at WPT is another option for students. The school has an agreement with Valencia Community College and many other Florida community colleges that allows credits from select WPT programs to transfer to participating Florida community colleges. Students who choose this option can save money by attending WPT first.

Admissions

Winter Park Tech has an open admissions policy. Any applicant can be accepted. Students must be at least 16 years old to attend, and students whose age is between 16 and 18 must withdraw from high school before applying. Students beginning the admissions process must first decide on a program to enter, then meet with a counselor and talk with an instructor. The final requirement is the completion of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Students with an associate's degree or higher do not have to take the TABE.

Enrollment in WPT's career and technical center takes place twice each year. For 2012-2013, the enrollment dates are August 20, October 29, January 22 and April 1. Dual-enrollment is available for high school students, where high school classes and WPT classes can be taken for credit at the same time. While there are no application due dates for WPT, there are four registration and payment deadlines in 2012-2013: August 15, October 24, January 17 and May 27.

In fall 2011, 52% of all undergraduates attended WPT as full-time students. Part-time student attendance was 48%. Also in fall 2011, 70% of all undergraduates were female, 41% of undergraduate students were white, 31% were Hispanic/Latino and 21% of undergraduate students were Black or African American.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In addition to WPT's hourly fee tuition requirements, students can expect expenses for lab and supply fees, as well as industry certifications. An example of this would be an administrative assistant technical program that has 1,050 program hours (from the school's online tuition and fees documents). Additional expenses for the administrative assistant program include supply fees ($100.00), books ($201.56) and industry certifications ($150.00). Technical programs, such as 3-D animation technology and advanced automotive technology, have a higher amount of program hours and expenses.

When seeking financial aid, Winter Park Tech students are eligible to apply for Florida's Bright Future Scholarships. In addition to scholarships and Pell grants, students are assisted by vocational rehabilitation services, the One Stop Career Center and additional third-party agencies. Students who receive financial aid must maintain sufficient progress in 60% of their academic coursework to remain eligible for assistance.

WINTER PARK TECH QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 2-year **
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate, one but less than two years certificate, two but less than four years certificate **
Religious Affiliation None **
Academic Calendar Semesters *
School Setting Large suburb **
Student Body In fall 2011: 397 undergraduates **
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs 16 technical training career certificate programs centered around career clusters; and continuous academic classes for adult basic education, academic remediation, GED preparation, adult high school credit, and Adult English Literacy/ESOL *
Student-Faculty Ratio 8 to 1 **
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) From 2010-2011: Less than one year certificate: Blood Bank Technology Specialist (79)
One but less than two years certificate: Medical/Clinical Assistant (22) **
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 70% in three years (for students who started in 2008) **
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Most classes are open enrollment, 100% admitted *
Entering Class Size 376 in fall 2010 **
First-Year Retention Rates In 2010-2011, 78% of full-time students and 72% of part-time students **
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2012-2013) Adult general education, in-state - $30/term or $45 half-year, out-of-state - $120/term or $180 half-year;
Career certificate, in-state - $2.80/hour, out-of-state - $11.19/hour;
Continuing education - $8.00/hour,
Personal interest, $6.00/hour *
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of students receiving it) From 2010-2011: grant or scholarship aid (38%), Pell grants (30%) **
Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 73% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011 **

Sources: *Winter Park Tech (WPT), **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Winter Park Tech, 901 Webster Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
  • Phone: (407) 622-2906
  • Website: www.wpt.ocps.net

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