Polk State College

Introduction

Welcome to Polk State College

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

We are the perfect place to soar. We are Polk.

Polk State College Mission

Polk State College, a quality driven institution, transforms lives through the power of education by providing access to affordable associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and workforce employment programs, delivered by diverse, qualified faculty and staff.

Polk State College Vision

Promote excellence and student success through innovation, value and engagement.

Polk State College Core Values

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Leadership

Admission & Aid

Polk State College maintains an "Open-Door" policy and may admit any high school graduate with a qualifying diploma or GED certificate holder. Students may enter Polk State during any term, and the College also offers a variety of innovative, flexible alternatives to traditional scheduling, including online, weekend, accelerated, shift-friendly and mini-semester options. We offer students a variety of options for financing and paying for college including grants, loans, and scholarships.

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Programs

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Associate of Arts

Associate of Science in Business Operational Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 2 more

Business Operational Management – This program is designed for graduates of Ridge Career Center and Traviss Career Center who have completed a program of 900 clock hours or more. [+]

Business Operational Management – This program is designed for graduates of Ridge Career Center and Traviss Career Center who have completed a program of 900 clock hours or more. The program prepares graduates to move into supervisory or management roles in their chosen technical field. Eligible students are awarded 15 credits toward the technical skills portion of the degree. Estimated potential earnings are $22,000 to $40,000. [-]

Associate of Science

Associate of Science in Accounting Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 2 more

Accounting Technology – There is a steady demand for skilled accounting professionals in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Entry-level positions are available in receivables, payables, payroll, and auditing in all types of organizations. [+]

Accounting Technology – There is a steady demand for skilled accounting professionals in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Entry-level positions are available in receivables, payables, payroll, and auditing in all types of organizations. The program is also of value to the small business owner. Estimated potential earnings are $25,000 to $31,000. Continue your Education in Polk State’s Bachelor of Applied Science. Graduates from the above programs can continue their education in Polk State College’s Bachelor of Applied Science. The degree provides individuals the opportunity to build upon foundational skills attained through their associate degree programs by completing upper-division course work in management and leadership practices. The purpose of this program is to prepare graduates for careers in government, non-profit accounting, public accounting firms, and private industry. The program is also of value to the small business owner. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Associate of Science in Aerospace Administration

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The purpose of the Aerospace Administration Program is to prepare those seeking employment in the aviation, airline, and/or airport fields with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful. [+]

Overview Today’s aerospace environment is incredibly complex. Like the most complex of machines, the global aerospace system is a series of interlocking gears and cogs that must be kept operating at the highest possible level of safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, year after year. Every unexpected event causes a ripple that affects the system as a whole. People generally think about pilots when considering the aerospace environment, failing to account for the millions of men and women around the world who help keep the numerous aircraft in the sky. For every two pilots on an airline flight deck, there are about 100 people who support that particular flight operation–and the commercial airlines are only a part of a much larger aerospace environment! The Aerospace Administration degree program at Polk State College prepares students with this big-picture conceptual approach to the aerospace industry. Students receive a well-rounded education, not only in operational theory, but also in operational practice, using past, present, and potential-event case studies in the aerospace business field. Students enjoy both classroom and field work opportunities in this program, culminating in various administrative internship possibilities that can act to kick start an exciting, rewarding career in aerospace administration. Structure Like all commercial (and many private) aviation operators in today’s aerospace environment, the Aerospace Program at Polk State College embraces the concept of a Safety Management System (SMS) as a quality management approach to controlling risk. Therefore, all curricula and aviation activities follow the guidance put forth in the Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular 120-92, “Introduction to Safety Management Systems for Air Operators,” and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Document 9859, “Safety Management Manual (SMM).” The policies and procedures in these documents provide the organizational framework to support a sound safety culture, both for pilot training and for professional pilot operations in the National Airspace System. Students train under the same operational requirements that apply to the companies they will one day work for. After graduation from this program, individuals are not just ready for new careers in aviation—they are aviation professionals. Training Methodology The Polk State College Aerospace Program is fundamentally different than the traditional aviation training model. Because the entire program is based on the SMS concept, the courses, assignments, projects, and field work all have immense relevance to the workplace environment. The program further enhances this relevance by combining the curricula for Aerospace Administration and Professional Pilot Science in the core aerospace coursework. By conducting courses in this manner, students are trained in both aspects of aviation (operations and administration) to understand the systemic nature of the aerospace industry. This approach also allows students to participate in group-learning opportunities that greatly expand the overall scope and background in aviation operations. MANAGING THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM The purpose of the Aerospace Administration Program is to prepare those seeking employment in the aviation, airline, and/or airport fields with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful. Graduates of this program may seek employment opportunities in the federal, state, and local government aviation fields, while others may find opportunities in airline fields including entry-level jobs in customer service, operations, and air cargo, as well as entry- to mid-level management positions. Graduates may also apply for positions in supporting aviation entities, such as suppliers and service providers for airlines and government aviation agencies. The Associate of Science in Aerospace Administration degree program requires a total of 60 credits. The program consists of 18 credits of General Education courses and an aviation business core of 33 credits. Then, each student chooses up to nine credits of electives to specialize and further direct his or her study of aerospace administration. These elective credits can also be used for aerospace industry internships, which greatly expand the student’s skills in the aerospace niche of the market. Administration Careers Airline Management Airport Management Airport Planner Flight Operations Flight Dispatch Aerospace Marketing Customer Support [-]

Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Business Administration – With an associate’s degree in Business Administration, graduates are eligible for a variety of entry-level to middle-management positions at various organizations. [+]

Business Administration – With an associate’s degree in Business Administration, graduates are eligible for a variety of entry-level to middle-management positions at various organizations. These may include wholesale and retail stores, service organizations, financial agencies, banks, large businesses, and government agencies. Students select one of the following specializations: Management, Insurance, Healthcare Administration, and Marketing. Salaries vary from $22,000 to $40,000 based upon the area of specialization and the industry. Continue your Education in Polk State’s Bachelor of Applied Science. Graduates from the above programs can continue their education in Polk State College’s Bachelor of Applied Science. The degree provides individuals the opportunity to build upon foundational skills attained through their associate degree programs by completing upper-division course work in management and leadership practices. The Associate in Science in Business Administration degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in business occupations with emphasis on specializations in entrepreneurship, healthcare administration, management, insurance, and marketing. This program provides a broad study of business administration principles with a focus on those skills required to find employment in the chosen specialty. [-]

Associate of Science in Computer Systems and Business Analysis

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 4 more

Whether you focus on Computer Systems or Business Analysis or another area that interests you, Polk State College’s comprehensive Computer Systems and Business Analysis program can help put you on the right path to pursue your educational and career goals. [+]

Whether you focus on Computer Systems or Business Analysis or another area that interests you, Polk State College’s comprehensive Computer Systems and Business Analysis program can help put you on the right path to pursue your educational and career goals. Our faculty members are experienced teachers and professionals in their fields who help ensure that the education you receive is engaging, practical, and focused on the skills that are most important in the IT job market. Business Intelligence, Computer Programming, and System Analysis are three of the fastest growing occupations in Florida and nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks each in its “Top 5” list of fastest growing positions. A recent survey by the Information Technology Association of America estimated that 10 percent of the information technology jobs nationwide are unfilled. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a graduate with an associate degree in the computer field is $37,440. Degrees and Certificates Emphasizing business intelligence tools and information mining, this program prepares graduates to work as liaisons among company stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information systems. Students analyze business issues and date challenges and then apply decision-support and business-intelligence solutions for improving work processes for better business decision making. Students gain skills in the areas of business, application programming, database and system design, and web-based technologies. The program teaches students to analyze problems using logic and analysis tools, to convert code into computer language, and to build and maintain business intelligence information systems. The phenomenal growth of the personal computer means there is a great demand for people who understand how to operate a computer to accomplish various tasks. Experts predict that this field will have tremendous growth as new technology and computer applications are developed. The AS or AAS degree can be earned in two years. Students who are employed can take classes part time while they gain valuable experience on the job. Many of the classes are offered at night, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule. The Associate in Science in Computer Systems and Business Analysis degree program emphasizes business intelligence tools and information mining to prepare graduates to work as liaisons among company stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate changes to business processes, policies, and information systems. Through this program of study, students analyze business issues and data challenges, and then apply decision-support and business-intelligence solutions for improving work processes for better business decision making. Students gain skills in the areas of business, application programming, database and system design, and web-based technologies. The program allows students to analyze problems using logic and analysis tools, code applications into computer language, and build and maintain business-intelligence information systems. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven + 2 more

riminal justice careers are usually involved in upholding the law in cases that require enforcement of strict justice systems. It involves proper implementation of legalities through the number of people who practice it. The Criminal Justice system includes three main agencies. These include law enforcement, adjudication and corrections. [+]

Start Your Education Toward a Career in Criminal Justice Criminal justice careers are usually involved in upholding the law in cases that require enforcement of strict justice systems. It involves proper implementation of legalities through the number of people who practice it. The Criminal Justice system includes three main agencies. These include law enforcement, adjudication and corrections. These agencies function as a unit in order to enforce strict justice systems on a fair and just society. Depending on your area of interest, you can surely find the perfect career match for you. Criminal justice careers range greatly and include professions that span from law enforcement and corrections officer, probation and parole, crime scene technicians, crime pattern analyst, and evidence technicians. Despite the different work environments, the demand for criminal justice professionals is expected to rise throughout the next decade. Polk State College is your one stop shop for your Criminal Justice education. We offer an Associate in Science degree, Bachelor of Science degree, as well as the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety. Courses are offered in both traditional and non-traditional formats to meet the needs of working adults. The Criminal Justice Technology associate degree is designed to prepare students with cross-functional skills necessary for entry into the Criminal Justice profession. The program curriculum focuses on organizations and administration within the Criminal Justice system and includes the fields of corrections, criminal law, juvenile justice, and criminal investigation. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills necessary for entry into the Criminal Justice profession. This degree prepares students to work in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, private/industry security, and other criminal justice fields. It also provides an educational path for officers who have passed recognized certification examinations in law enforcement, corrections, and probation/parole. This degree is also beneficial to employees in law enforcement seeking incentive benefits or career enhancement. Note: Regardless of any degree earned, in order to be a sworn law enforcement or corrections officer, students must successfully complete (1) a state-certified training academy such as Polk State College’s Institute of Public Safety and (2) pass the state examination. Attention: Sworn Law Enforcement or Corrections Officers A student who has passed the Florida Criminal Justice Law Enforcement or Correctional Standards state certification examination is eligible to receive articulated credits toward this degree. In order to receive these credits, the student should see an advisor or refer to this website under the “Sworn Law Enforcement” or “Sworn Correctional Officers” links for details. The student will need to present proof of successfully passing the state examination to an advisor prior to graduation to be awarded these credits. All articulated credits will be awarded in the semester prior to graduation. Courses for this degree are offered in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats, including online, hybrid, and evening options to correlate with fluctuating law enforcement schedules as well as the needs of other working adult. Careers in Criminal Justice By obtaining a degree from Polk State College in Criminal Justice, you can start a career as a: Law Enforcement Officer Corrections Officer Dispatcher Crime Analyst Property/Evidence Clerk Public Safety Aide Service Officer Customer Service Representative Crime Scene Technician Data Analyst Private Investigator Latent Print Examiner Probation/Parole Officer Private Industry Security Officer The field of Criminal Justice is increasing due to technological advances used by criminals therefore, the possibilities within the field are endless! [-]

Associate of Science in Digital Media Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland + 2 more

The Digital Media Technology Program at Polk State College provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in web technologies, graphic design, and audiovisual communication. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. [+]

The Digital Media Technology Program at Polk State College provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in web technologies, graphic design, and audiovisual communication. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. Skills Students in the program learn digital media skills and techniques necessary for success. The courses offered represent a comprehensive curriculum that explores artistry, creativity, theories of good design, universal principles, balance, symmetry, lighting, composition, and visual and aesthetic appeal. Students learn communication formats, effective messaging, audiovisual communication, storytelling, interactivity, usability, interface design, marketing concerns, and business principles. Targeted projects and extensive training allows students to increase expertise and improve technical skills for web development, video production, and graphic design. The course curriculum trains participants to work effectively within a team, cope under pressure, communicate well, improve soft skills, and use creative problem solving to exceed the needs of clients or any organization that hires them. Program Options The program offers a 27-credit-hour core and three specializations in Web Production, Graphic Design, and Video Production. Each specialization offers 18-credit hours of course work designed to produce highly-skilled graduates equipped with the necessary expertise to employ multimedia technologies to create desired products and experiences. Additionally, students enroll in 18 credit hours of general education courses including Mathematics, English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science and Health. Working adults or professionals who wish to gain specific expertise in one or two semesters should explore the certificate options in Digital Media. Students who score below the required levels on state-mandated placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics must enroll in and complete the appropriate college preparatory courses before they enroll in some required program courses. Employment Options Employment options for graduates of the AS program include: Multimedia artists / managers Graphic designers, animation, web design, photography Audio/visual production managers Advertising, print, and publishing opportunities Software publishing, computer systems, and related services [-]

Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education and Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland + 3 more

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management Program allows teacher candidates to earn two Polk State professional certificates and satisfy eligibility requirements to apply for two State of Florida credentials. [+]

The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management Program allows teacher candidates to earn two Polk State professional certificates and satisfy eligibility requirements to apply for two State of Florida credentials. Teacher candidates may choose to continue their education beyond the certificate/credential level by earning the Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Management. This program consists of 60 credit hours. Of those, 18 hours are general electives, 39 hours are program core courses, and three hours are electives. The program curriculum focuses on providing teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to deliver safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate education for infants to preschool-age children. The Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education and Management is a two-year, 60 credit hour program for students who want to prepare for various early childhood careers, such as Early Childhood Infant/Toddler/Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (in private, public, or faith-based centers, schools, and homes), Trainer, Mentor, Owner, Director, Caseworker, Family Support Specialist, and Home Visitor. Of those, 60 credit hours, 17-18 hours are general education courses; the remainder are comprised of program-technical courses. Examples of required courses for Polk State’s Early Childhood degree programs include: Introduction to Diversity for Educators Introduction to the Teaching Profession Introduction to Working with Children with Special Needs Strategies for Working with Children with Special Needs Introduction to Principles of Math and Science for the Young Child Child Growth and Development Early Childhood Curriculum Facilitating Development Early Learning Practicum Overview of Childcare Management Observing Children Professionalism for Childcare Educators [-]

Associate of Science in Electrical Distribution Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland + 2 more

The Electrical Distribution Technology Program is for students seeking careers in the field of electric utility distribution. It prepares students for employment as utility electrical line workers, or for related work in private industry-owned and industry-operated electrical distribution systems. Workers in this industry are employed by public power, cooperative, or municipal utilities, or privately owned systems such as the mining industry or electrical distribution contractors. [+]

The Electrical Distribution Technology Program is for students seeking careers in the field of electric utility distribution. It prepares students for employment as utility electrical line workers, or for related work in private industry-owned and industry-operated electrical distribution systems. Workers in this industry are employed by public power, cooperative, or municipal utilities, or privately owned systems such as the mining industry or electrical distribution contractors. The program is broad in scope, employing industry-recognized levels of training progression and performance objectives. This program requires students to be employed with an electrical utility company that has an articulation agreement with Polk State College. Students receive articulated credits for the Engineering Technology: Power (ETP) courses listed below during the semester in which they graduate. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of Developmental Education requirements in reading and writing. Students must also meet Developmental Education requirements in mathematics in order to graduate. Note: Credits articulated from the apprenticeship program cannot be applied toward a baccalaureate degree at Polk State College. Students should visit an advisor for further information. [-]

Associate of Science in Engineering Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 3 more

Discover exciting high-skill, high-wage careers in modern manufacturing! If you get satisfaction from making something, get excited about using new technology, or if you just like to know how things work, an engineering technology or manufacturing career may be perfect for you. It’s a career that combines your imagination and skills with the hottest technologies to make better things for our world. [+]

Discover exciting high-skill, high-wage careers in modern manufacturing! If you get satisfaction from making something, get excited about using new technology, or if you just like to know how things work, an engineering technology or manufacturing career may be perfect for you. It’s a career that combines your imagination and skills with the hottest technologies to make better things for our world. Polk State College offers a two-year Engineering Technology Associate in Science degree program that prepares students for employment or provides additional training in advanced manufacturing and high technology industries. Polk State currently offers the Advanced Manufacturing specialization, and starting January 2017 offers Mechanical Design & Fabrication as an additional specialization part of the ET degree program. Because manufacturing is so diverse, there are unlimited opportunities for people of all personalities to build a challenging and rewarding career. With approximately 16,500 manufacturers right here in Florida, you’re sure to find a company that suits you. Also with an average annual wage of $52,378, manufacturing jobs pay up to 20% more than the average annual wage in Florida. The Engineering Technology Associate in Science degree program is fully transferable to four-year degree granting institutions. In the 2014 fall semester, Polk State College has shifted the Engineering Technology Associate of Science program to an Open Entry, Early Exit (OEEE) format. The self-paced hybrid format will offer a direct‐assessment and hybrid competency‐based program combining theory development with hands‐on open lab assignments. In January 2017, a second specialization in Mechanical Design and Fabrication will be added to the Engineering Technology. The specialization will focus on SolidWorks and CNC Computer Numerical Control machining. The OEEE program format is a direct response to industry needs and represents a strong partnership between the two‐year Engineering Technology AS degree program, employers, secondary and four‐year academic institutions, and regional and state workforce investment entities in Mid‐Florida. This reform has been supported by the National Science Foundation, under the following grant DUE #1204954 – Project Title: Open-Entry/Early-Exit Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Instructional design and delivery: The delivery of the OEEE Engineering Technology program has four key components: Small learning modules (1‐credit hour) for course theory delivered online. Hands‐on, competency‐based labs and assessments. Flexibility (self-paced scheduling, blended learning opportunities, accelerated learning, and advancement based on competency validation). Continuous Open Entry, Early Exit registration that allows the student to enroll in as many 1 credit-hour courses any time, complete at their pace, and receive grades upon demonstration of competency. Registration can occur any point within a term. The window to complete remains open for five (5) weeks – even across traditional semester breaks. OEEE Competency-Based Program Advantages Flexibility. Students attend classes at their convenience and are not penalized for missing a class. Skill Development. Format develops discipline, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Students become self-reliant and less dependent on formal instruction. Open Enrollment. Each program course is always open and will never be canceled due to low enrollment. Self-paced. Students can work ahead at an accelerated pace. Courses can be completed and new courses started before the semester ends. Students can graduate in less than two years, which is the typical time frame for completing the program. [-]

Associate of Science in Fire Science Technology

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The Associate in Science degree in Fire Science Technology is designed to allow fire service or fire protection professionals to enhance their technical competencies and prepare for career advancement. The program emphasizes scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control, effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies, and preparation of students for leadership and managerial positions. [+]

The Associate in Science degree in Fire Science Technology is designed to allow fire service or fire protection professionals to enhance their technical competencies and prepare for career advancement. The program emphasizes scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control, effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies, and preparation of students for leadership and managerial positions. *Note: If a student is not currently a firefighter and would like to become one, he or she must complete a state certified Fire Academy such as the one at Ridge Career Center. The Fire Academy is a separate program from the Associate degree in Fire Science. The Fire Science Technology Associate Degree: This degree is designed to allow fire service or fire protection professionals to enhance their technical competencies and prepare for career advancements. The program emphasizes scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control; effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies; and preparation of students for leadership, emergency risk management, and managerial positions. The program is normally designed for students who have completed Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Certifications; however there is an option available for non-certified firefighters. Job Opportunities and Potential Salary: This degree places a strong emphasis on the individual pursuing a career in a fire department. Most modern fire departments mandate degrees in supervisory positions. Some of these positions exceed salaries of $50,000. Also, there are some opportunities for employment in risk-safety management; fire investigations; safety inspections; insurance divisions; and the State Fire Marshal’s office, which places higher emphasis on Investigation and law enforcement. Accreditation and Program Overview: Polk State College and all of its academic programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students may earn 24 to 36 articulated fire credits (FFP courses) from different combinations of Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training Certifications. A group of these FFP courses comprise the Fire Officer, Inspector, and Investigator’s Certificates (http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/BFST/default.htm); these combinations can then be articulated into college credit; these are outlined in Table A or B on the reverse side. The FFP courses that prepare students for these certificates are normally offered at any vocational fire school. The local fire academy is at Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven; and has a longstanding working relationship with Polk State College. [-]

Associate of Science in Network Systems Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 3 more

The Associates in Science in Network Systems Technology (NST) prepares students for careers in computers and network support. The program uses a combination of hands-on and state-of-the-art simulators to provide training in a wide range of skills valued by the IT industry. [+]

The Associates in Science in Network Systems Technology (NST) prepares students for careers in computers and network support. The program uses a combination of hands-on and state-of-the-art simulators to provide training in a wide range of skills valued by the IT industry. Students with different levels of experience and knowledge work together to create a learning environment conducive to mastering the latest networking technologies. Courses within the program prepare students for industry certification exams in a wide range of products. Polk State College is an authorized Cisco Networking Academy, Microsoft IT Academy, CompTIA Authorized Academy, VMware IT Academy, LPI Academy and a member of the EMC Academic Alliance. Skills The NST program provides the skills necessary to plan, design, implement, and administer Local and Wide Area Networks. Students gain skills in multiple desktop operating systems, network management, network troubleshooting, network operating systems, project management, security, server virtualization and network routing and switching. Program Options The program begins by teaching a centralized core of 16 hours that includes microcomputer repair, entry-level network security, and foundations in network fundamentals. Students then select courses from one of four network specializations to major in. These include: Network Infrastructure Design Network Infrastructure Administration Network Server Administration Network Virtualization and Cloud Technologies The program then allows students to customize their degrees by filling a group of electives from any course within the NST program. [-]

Associate of Science in Professional Pilot Science

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The Associate of Science degree in Professional Pilot Science readies graduates for careers as professional pilots and/or flight instructors. The program prepares students to earn the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Single and Multi-Engine Land class ratings, as well as an Instrument Rating. [+]

LET’S GO FLYING! The Associate of Science degree in Professional Pilot Science readies graduates for careers as professional pilots and/or flight instructors. The program prepares students to earn the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Single and Multi-Engine Land class ratings, as well as an Instrument Rating. This program also prepares students for additional optional certificates qualifying them to become Certified Flight Instructors (Airplane), Certified Instrument Flight Instructors, and/or Certified Multi-Engine Flight Instructors. This associate’s degree requires a total of 64 credits. The program consists of 18 credits of General Education courses and an aviation core of 39 credits. Seven credits of elective courses complete the program. These elective credits can be used for aerospace industry internships, additional professional development courses, or to obtain flight instructor certification. The Professional Pilot Science Program prepares graduates for careers as professional pilots and flight instructors. The program curriculum prepares students to earn a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate, Single and Multi-Engine Land, with an Instrument Rating. This program also prepares students for additional optional certificates in Certified Flight Instructor Airplane, Certified Instrument Flight Instructor, and Certified Multi-Engine Flight Instructor. The Associate of Science degree in Professional Pilot Science requires a total of 64 credits. The program consists of 18 credits of General Education courses and an aviation core of 39 credits. Seven credits of elective courses complete the program. For more information about flight training requirements and costs, students should visit the Aerospace website. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Associate of Science in Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland + 2 more

Welcome to the Supply Chain Management Program at Polk State College! We appreciate your interest in this dynamic, exciting field. A degree in Supply Chain Management prepares you to be part of something big. [+]

Be Part of Something Big! Welcome to the Supply Chain Management Program at Polk State College! We appreciate your interest in this dynamic, exciting field. A degree in Supply Chain Management prepares you to be part of something big. Supply Chain Management encompasses all functions related to the movement and storage of materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. This includes purchasing, inventory management, production planning and scheduling, distribution management, and quality management. The Supply Chain Management program at Polk State College incorporates the newest technology and state-of-the-art equipment in preparing students to work in this exciting career field. Supply chain management graduates work in diverse areas such as strategic sourcing and supply management, project management, purchasing and inventory management, production planning and scheduling, logistics and distribution management, and quality management. The Supply Chain Management Program is designed to prepare students with cross-functional skills necessary for the integration of the business processes. The curriculum provides a study of planning and acquisition, as well as the flow and distribution of goods and services. Program courses focus on related business and accounting practices such as standard policies and operating procedures, negotiation techniques, planning, organization, logistics concepts, purchasing, and inventory control theory. Emphasis is placed on the development of business and managerial skills necessary for the efficient and effective performance of all operations within a company's supply chain. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Bookkeeping Operations

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 2 more

This certificate program covers the fundamentals of bookkeeping for those who wish to pursue a career in accounts receivable and accounts payable departments, payroll units, income tax firms, and financial services organizations. [+]

This certificate program covers the fundamentals of bookkeeping for those who wish to pursue a career in accounts receivable and accounts payable departments, payroll units, income tax firms, and financial services organizations. This program is also suitable for entrepreneurs who want to manage their own books. The program provides a study of the theory of double-entry bookkeeping, the practice of journals and ledgers, the preparation of payroll documents, the use of computerized accounting, and the reconciliation of banking statements. Coursework included in this certificate program can be applied toward the AS in Accounting Technology degree program. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Certificate in Child Care Center Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 2 more

The Child Care Center Management Certificate Program consists of coursework in leadership and administrative skills, educational programming, and financial issues associated with managing a quality child care program. This certificate program provides college-level instruction to prepare students for the managerial and administrative aspects of child care facilities. Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Preschool Certificate, and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program. [+]

The Child Care Center Management Certificate Program consists of coursework in leadership and administrative skills, educational programming, and financial issues associated with managing a quality child care program. This certificate program provides college-level instruction to prepare students for the managerial and administrative aspects of child care facilities. Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Preschool Certificate, and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program. This program includes coursework toward the completion of the state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) with the completion of CHD 1380 Facilitating Development, CHD 2320 Early Childhood Curriculum, and CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development. To earn the FCCPC, students also complete CHD 1440 Early Learning Practicum. The approved course for the foundation of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Director's Credential is CHD 2801 Overview of Child Care Management. After completing this course, students must submit an application to DCF and meet additional requirements to earn the DCF Director Credential. Students who obtain the DCF Director Credential are eligible to apply for director positions at child care facilities, or function as the directors of their own child care facilities. [-]

Certificate in CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Program

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 2 more

The Curriculum Management System (CMS) Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Program provides job-related training at the entry level to candidates for law enforcement officer positions. [+]

The Curriculum Management System (CMS) Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Program provides job-related training at the entry level to candidates for law enforcement officer positions. The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, in accordance with Florida Statutes. This program requires enrolling individuals to be physically and mentally strong, fair-minded, and constantly alert. Upon completion of the program, the student must pass the Florida State Officer Certification Exam before receiving provisional certification. This certification is required for employment as a law enforcement officer in local, county, and state law enforcement agencies. Candidates for this program must submit an application to the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety Office. [-]

Certificate in Correctional Officer Crossover Training to Florida CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 2 more

The Correctional Officer Crossover Training to Florida CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program provides a curriculum of study for individuals currently employed as correctional officers in local and state agencies, who want to obtain job-related training at the entry level for a position in law enforcement. [+]

The Correctional Officer Crossover Training to Florida CMS Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program provides a curriculum of study for individuals currently employed as correctional officers in local and state agencies, who want to obtain job-related training at the entry level for a position in law enforcement. The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, in accordance with Florida Statutes. This program requires enrolling individuals to be physically and mentally strong, fair-minded, and constantly alert. Upon completion of the program, the student must pass the Florida State Officer Certification Exam before receiving provisional certification. This certification is required for employment as a law enforcement officer in local, county and state law enforcement agencies. This program is offered in partnership with Florida State Department of Corrections and local sheriff's offices. Candidates for this program must submit an application to the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety office. [-]

Certificate in Engineering Technology Support Specialist

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The Engineering Technology Support Specialist Certificate prepares individuals for initial employment as engineering support specialists or engineering technicians in various specialized areas. Additionally, it provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. This certificate program is the core of the Engineering Process Technology degree program. Credits earned toward this certificate can also be applied to the Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree. [+]

The Engineering Technology Support Specialist Certificate prepares individuals for initial employment as engineering support specialists or engineering technicians in various specialized areas. Additionally, it provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. This certificate program is the core of the Engineering Process Technology degree program. Credits earned toward this certificate can also be applied to the Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree. This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses acquisition of information and skills, as well as demonstration of the following elements of the Engineering Technology Program: production materials and processes, quality, computer-aided drafting, electronics, mechanics, instrumentation, and safety. The program technical skills standards align with those of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). The MSSC defines the information, skills, and abilities required of today's frontline manufacturing workers. The curriculum provided within the certificate core courses prepares students for the MSSC Certified Production Technician examination. Instead of teaching the courses through traditional lectures and laboratory sessions at scheduled times, all of the material is formatted into self-study modules, called "units," that contain both theory and hands-on components. Units provide information on significant applied engineering competencies, components, circuits, mechanisms, and equipment that are widely used in manufacturing facilities. Several units make up one course. The Engineering Technology lab and classroom facilities at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center in Bartow consist of high-quality laboratory equipment for numerous hands-on activities that develop the skills required to construct, operate, analyze, and program a wide range of circuits and equipment used in this field. Each student is assigned to a specific instructor. The instructor monitors the student's progress, grades exams, and determines the final letter grade for each course completed. The assigned instructor also assists the student in selecting appropriate courses to progress through the program. Classes are scheduled during the fall, spring, and summer terms. [-]

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 2 more

The Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is a 12-credit-hour program in which students assess the fundamental skills necessary to start and operate their own businesses, collaborate with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurial ventures, or work in an entrepreneurial capacity for an established organization. [+]

The Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is a 12-credit-hour program in which students assess the fundamental skills necessary to start and operate their own businesses, collaborate with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurial ventures, or work in an entrepreneurial capacity for an established organization. After completion of this program, a student may obtain employment by launching a business venture, working for any business in any industry, and/or proceed toward completion of an Associate in Science in Business Administration and/or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. [-]

Certificate in Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program

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The Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program provides job-related training at the entry level to candidates for correctional officer and detention deputy positions. The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, in accordance with Florida Statutes. This program requires enrolling individuals to be physically and mentally strong, fair-minded, and constantly alert. [+]

The Florida CMS Correctional Basic Recruit Training Program provides job-related training at the entry level to candidates for correctional officer and detention deputy positions. The curriculum is prescribed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, in accordance with Florida Statutes. This program requires enrolling individuals to be physically and mentally strong, fair-minded, and constantly alert. Upon completion of the program, the student must pass the State Officer Certification Exam before receiving provisional certification. This certification is required for employment as a correctional officer in either county or state correctional institutions. This program is offered in partnership with Florida State Department of Corrections and local sheriff's offices. Candidates for this program must submit an application to the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety Office. [-]

Certificate in Graphic Design

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The Graphic Design Certificate program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in graphic design. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. [+]

The Graphic Design Certificate program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in graphic design. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. The curriculum required for the Graphic Design Certificate may be completed in one or two semesters and is composed of five three-credit hour courses. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Certificate in Logistics and Transportation Specialist

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow + 2 more

The Logistics and Transportation Specialist Certificate Program prepares students for initial employment in Supply Chain Management and affords supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this field. [+]

The Logistics and Transportation Specialist Certificate Program prepares students for initial employment in Supply Chain Management and affords supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this field. The program provides students with cross-functional skills in planning, acquisition, flow, and distribution of goods and services. The courses in this program contain coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards, relevant technical knowledge, and the skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career cluster. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics. [-]

Certificate in Microcomputer Repair and Installation

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he Microcomputer Repair and Installation Certificate Program provides the student with entry-level computer service technician skills. [+]

The Microcomputer Repair and Installation Certificate Program provides the student with entry-level computer service technician skills. The curriculum provides a study of the skills and techniques needed to take the CompTIA A+ certification exams and the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification test. The College's Comp TIA A+ Certificate Program is sponsored and supported by Comp TIA (Computing Technology Industry Association, Inc.), and the CCENT Certificate Program is sponsored by Cisco. There are no prerequisite courses required for entry into the program. [-]

Certificate in Preschool Management

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The Preschool Certificate Program provides college-level coursework in child development, the preschool curriculum, the classroom environment, adult-child interaction, parent relationships, and other areas of child development associated with preschool children. [+]

The Preschool Certificate Program provides college-level coursework in child development, the preschool curriculum, the classroom environment, adult-child interaction, parent relationships, and other areas of child development associated with preschool children. The curriculum provides a study of the skills and information necessary for students to design a developmentally appropriate environment and curriculum for preschool children. Program courses may be applied toward the Child Care Management Certificate and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program. This program includes the coursework required for the state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) with the completion of CHD 1380 Facilitating Development, CHD 2320 Early Childhood Curriculum, CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development, and CHD 1440 Early Learning Practicum. Students completing the Preschool Certificate Program have their records submitted by the Polk State College Early Childhood Education Program to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to receive the FCCPC. Those students who receive the DCF-issued FCCPC are qualified to seek employment in a variety of Early Childhood job opportunities, including voluntary pre-kindergarten instruction. [-]

Certificate in Video Production

Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 USA Lakeland Winter Haven Bartow Lake Wales + 3 more

The Video Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in audiovisual communications. [+]

The Video Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in audiovisual communications. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. The curriculum required for the Video Production Certificate may be completed in one or two semesters and is composed of four three-credit courses. [-]

Certificate in Web Production

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The Web Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in web technologies. [+]

The Web Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in web technologies. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively. The curriculum required for the Web Production Certificate may be completed in one or two semesters and is composed of five three-credit hour courses. Certain courses in this program require placement at the college level or satisfaction of developmental education requirements in reading, writing, and math. [-]

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