There are a number of construction-related educational opportunities in Florida, including several schools which offer certificate and associate's degree programs designed for students who want to prepare for entry-level roles in construction management, carpentry or electrical repair. Certificate programs usually provide a basic education that provides a quick route to starting out in the field, while associate's degree programs go beyond these basic skills to include general education and advanced construction courses. Some schools offer programs in a flexible format that fits the schedule of full-time workers, and some schools also have connections with local employers so that students can find work while they study. Hands-on training is incorporated in most construction-related programs.
Gulf Coast State College
The building construction technology program at Panama City's Gulf Coast State College is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in the construction industry. The program introduces topics in both residential and commercial construction as students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge that will serve them in their future careers. Students will take courses in subjects such as blueprint reading, surveying and measuring, economics, geology, and air quality. Graduates from this program can either seek immediate employment or continue their studies with a bachelor's degree, which the school offers through a partnership with Florida A&M University.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a pair of construction-related certificate and associate's degree programs. The certificate program focuses on construction electricity, while the school's associate's degree program focuses on building construction technology.
The construction electricity workforce certificate program focuses on the skills needed for basic electrical service. Students learn about fundamental concepts such as DC/AC theory, power tools, National Electric Code, and wiring practices. The building construction technology associate's degree program includes courses in construction design, building codes, construction drawings and OSHA safety rules.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Gulf Coast State College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Associate in Science in Building Construction Technology||$2,765 (in-state), $10,072 (out-of-state)*|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city|| Electricity (Construction) Workforce Certificate
AS in Building Construction Technology
|$2,830 (in-state), $9,944 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator