Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee Community College is taking its classes outside. This year the college begins construction on the new Wakulla Environmental Institute. Construction of the Institute’s Crawfordville campus should begin this Spring, but environmental classes are already offered online. And when it opens next year, the institute’s executive director Bob Ballard says classes are just a part of what it’ll offer.

Tallahassee Community College has been awarded a nearly 200 thousand dollar grant for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  TCC said the money should help fill the gap left by big universities.

Sign Asking for Ideas
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Tallahassee Community College is seeking input from the public on how it can better serve and partner with private businesses, government and nonprofits. The college held the first of three town halls on Tuesday night.

TCC administrators are trying to craft a strategic long-term plan for how to stay relevant in the Florida Panhandle community.  Among those who shared their ideas at Tuesday’s town hall in Tallahassee were business owners, directors of nonprofits and government employees.

As Florida’s economy continues to rebound from the recession, most of the new jobs being created are in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, often called “STEM”.  Much of the workforce to fill those positions is trained in the state’s community colleges, and that’s true for the rest of the nation.  President Barack Obama highlighted the need for STEM-based workforce training in his State of the Union address, and as Lynn Hatter reports, his education secretary talked about it during a trip to Florida’s capital city on Wednesday.