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Sheridan Technical College was among the three Broward technical colleges that together earned the most industry certifications in Florida.
“At Sheridan, we had about 300 students who received industry certifications,” Bob Boegli, director of Sheridan Technical College, which is in Hollywood. “We received $1,000 for each student who received an industry certification. We are committed to having students complete and pass industry certifications that provide a credential that our graduates can show to an employer.”
These certifications are recognized at the state and national level and show that a graduate has mastered skills that prove he or she is qualified to work in a field. For example, nurses must pass a state examination. Auto mechanics have to pass a certification test. And those who want careers in information technology must complete examinations. ‘This is not just a local teacher saying someone is a good student. It provides a better indicator of quality,” said Boegli.
The other schools are Atlantic Technical College and McFatter Technical College. Students at these colleges earned industry certifications on 48 tested areas. For this reason, the colleges received $644,562 from the Florida Department of Education Performance Incentive Funding. This money will be used to continue updating technology and equipment.
“This top ranking affirms that Broward County Public Schools have created programs committed to delivering high quality instruction,” said Superintendent Robert Runcie. “Our technical colleges are doing whatever it takes to assure our students receive the highest quality education, and that they are on the right path to succeed in college and career.”