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September 15, 2019

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The car mechanic trade is dying. Can Florida's technical colleges train the technicians of the future?

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The car mechanic trade is dying. Can Florida's technical colleges train the technicians of the future?

As cars are made to be smarter and more efficient than ever before, the skills to repair them grow more complicated. There are a handful of public technical colleges in Florida, which many agree are the best and most affordable options for prospective technicians. The affordability of technical colleges versus four-year schools, and the ability to draw a decent salary without a ton of schooling, have traditionally been all the marketing necessary to get students interested in technical colleges. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Brace yourself, Florida: This is what top university, college leaders are getting paid

Recent data shows some of the highest-paid executives at universities around the country are making well into the millions after bonuses and other pay are added to their base pay. The Chronicle of Higher Education gathered data on more than 1,400 chief executives from more than 600 private colleges between the years 2008 and 2016 and close to 250 public universities and systems between 2010 and 2018. [Source: WPLG]

How is your Florida student's college keeping them safe on campus?

Last month, police at the University of Central Florida sent out an alert that created panic both on and off campus. The alert stated a call had been received about a man armed with a gun entering Tower 1, one of the dormitories on campus. Police later learned that the gun seen was a BB gun. But that got many thinking, what kind of security is in place to keep college co-eds safe on campus? [Source: WKMG]

State seeks to cut reporting time after schools learn of employees’ bad acts

The Florida Board of Education is poised to require school superintendents to act more quickly when they learn of misconduct by teachers or administrators that could put children at risk. The board is set to consider a rule this month that would reduce the time allowed to report arrests, convictions or substantial allegations of 10 felony and one misdemeanor crimes, including murder, sexual activity with minors and enticing minors. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida flight schools booming as job opportunities open for pilots

Enrollment is booming at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other flight schools as pilots at major airlines are hitting retirement age. The school's assistant dean Kenneth Byrnes tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal "there's jobs like there hasn't been in a long, long time." The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne has seen "steady growth" in its flight school over the past three years. Associate Dean Isaac Silver says a pilot shortage is driving enrollment. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Pensacola State College nursing program ranked No. 4 in Florida by national nursing site
Pensacola State College recently learned that its online RN to BSN program was ranked as one of the top five in the state for 2019 by RegisteredNursing.org. PSC earned the No. 4 ranking in the state by the nursing advocacy organization, which used four organizations as data sources to rank the eligible schools on a point system based on factors like accreditation, availability of online programs, annual tuition and fees adjusted for each county's cost of living and more.

› Miami universities buck trend, add Chinese students
Miami Business School welcomed 225 graduate students from China last week, around one-third of University of Miami’s business school total intake. Chinese graduate student enrollments doubled from last year, and the most recent figures are bucking the trend of Chinese students and their parents who choose Canada, Britain and Australia over US universities to show their displeasure with the crisis in the two countries’ relations.

› National Academy of Inventors selects five USF faculty as senior members
Five University of South Florida faculty members whose innovative work spans neurosciences to clean energy to engineering and pharmaceutical chemistry have been named by the National Academy of Inventors to its new class of Senior Members.

› Nearly 200 Florida schools still don't have an armed security officer
A Florida commission created after a deadly mass shooting in February 2018 at a high school in Parkland is expected to get an update on which schools are not complying with school-safety laws. Executive Director of the Office of Safe Schools Damien Kelly is scheduled to provide survey results of which schools have complied with state law, which requires them to have armed security officers.

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