Manufacturing program at Valencia College booming during pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. — Now that more businesses are getting back to work, the problem some of them face is finding employees to hire.

Officials say there’s a huge demand for careers in manufacturing and health care.

One area of interest at Valencia College is booming: An accelerated training program that’s been around for three years.

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The 18-week training program in manufacturing is helping students reach for the stars. The students learn mechanical systems, electrical systems, programmable logic controllers, inventory control systems and more.

Carolyn McMorran, assistant vice president for continuing education, said there is a high demand for graduates of this program who, upon completion, will become industrial maintenance technicians.

Students land jobs at distribution centers such as Walmart, Amazon and Walgreens. Salaries range from $15 an hour to more than $30.

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Manufacturing is just one of the many programs in this accelerated training program. Other areas in the accelerated program include construction, health care, IT and distribution.

You don’t have to be a high school graduate. Most students qualify for scholarships and are given a 24-hour Lynx pass to help with transportation.

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Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.