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Second tuition-free CDL program launches at Florida college

FleetForce Truck Driving School opened its newest training facility in Venice, Florida. Students enrolling in the CDL school can attend tuition-free through a pre-hire program — a collaboration between FleetForce, Florida Trucking Association and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Trucking companies that are FTA members pay the tuition costs up front, with an agreement to hire the student once they complete the course and receive their CDL.  The Venice location is on the campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and is the second program launched in collaboration with the college. This is the company’s fourth location in Florida, with multiple new sites scheduled to open around the state over the next year.

The Future of Construction: Precast Concrete Education

As summer dwindles and back-to-school season creeps in, we want to remind you of the precast concrete educational and training courses and resources for students and industry professionals looking to grow their industry knowledge.  Precast concrete is shaping the future of building construction, from apartments and hospitals to parking garages and beyond. This cutting-edge building material is unmatched in its versatility, affordability, efficiency, and opportunities. Careers in precast concrete construction are bountiful. The jobs are full-time and year-round. Our business partners offer generous compensation packages, often including competitive pay, healthcare benefits, 401(k) retirement savings, paid vacation and holidays, tuition reimbursement, boot allowances, continuing education and professional memberships, and more. And, while experience is important and required for some roles, it isn’t always necessary—which is why more teachers and counselors are building their knowledge of the industry to share with best-fit students in their district.

ASNT launches first annual UT Competition | Electronics360

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) is introducing a new ultrasonic testing (UT) competition at ASNT 2022: The Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The ASNT UT Competition will assess general UT skills for two sets of competitors, and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each flight.
The conference takes place from October 3, 2022, to November 3, 2022, and the UT Competition will take place on Tuesday, November 1. The competition is divided into two divisions:
Flight 1, designed for novice inspectors, and
Flight 2, intended for more advanced technicians.
Each flight is limited to 24 competitors.
Flight 1 is open to current or recently graduated NDT trade school, technical school, college or university
Source: ASNT

New Jersey College Adds Cannabis Programs to Meet Demand

Hudson County Community College is striving to support cannabis career pathways and meet industry needs through its recently developed cannabis programs.
May 20, 2022 Andriana Ruscitto
State by State: New Jersey Dispensary News News
With adult-use cannabis sales recently coming online in New Jersey, one community college is already working to implement specialized programs in cannabis business to help to provide equal opportunities for students looking to enter the industry.
© Courtesy of HCCC
Hudson County Community College (HCCC), located in Jersey City, New Jersey, is heavily focused on meeting the needs of the community it serves, says Chris Reber, Ph.D., president of HCCC. 
Reber says HCCC has been watching the growth of cannabis initiatives in New Jersey for quite some time. The college knew it wanted to play a role in this new, emerging industry, which can provide an array of job opportunities for students.

College degree doesn’t mean more money: America’s career coach

Alternatives to four-year college degrees like trade and technology schools continue to rise in popularity as enrollment declines and young adults figure out that they can make more money without the hefty price tag of higher education.
America’s career coach and “From Paycheck to Purpose” author Ken Coleman told FOX Business host Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria” that a recent Georgetown study found that the number of people that are making more money from attending trade school than their four-year degree counterparts is growing.

International Flight Training School In Italy Welcomes First Two German Air Force Pilots

The new International Flight Training School (IFTS) is a joint venture between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo. Currently located at the 61° Stormo (Wing) at Galatina Air Base, in southeastern Italy but about to relocate to Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, (where a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2020 to mark the beginning of the construction works of a modern flight training campus), the initiative is an example of strategic partnership between the military and the industry, set to become an international  benchmark for military pilots’ training. There’s a growing demand for training by partner nations most of those are simply not equipped with “domestic” solutions to prepare their pilots for 4th and 5th generation aircraft.

Midwest Motorcycle Mechanic School Launches | Rider Magazine

Midwest Motorcycle Mechanic School, a joint effort between Windy City Motorcycle Company and McHenry County College, launched with its inaugural class on January 10, 2022.
The School offers a 12-week class taught by Certified Master Mechanics at a state of the art facility in Woodstock, Illinois. With 360 hours of instruction blending hands on training, classroom sessions, and job shadow opportunities, successful completion of the course will prepare the students to start their career in this in-demand and growing field.
“I highly recommend this class to anyone looking towards motorcycle mechanics as a career,” said Randy, a member of the inaugural Midwest Motorcycle Mechanic School class. “Great instructors. Modern motorcycles to learn on. You’ll be turning wrenches on the second day.”

United Airlines’ flight school in Goodyear could help pilot shortage

There’s a final safety check and the engine roars to life. It’s a short taxi to the runway and then there’s a moment. It’s right at take-off. “You are in the zone,” said Abby Awosanya. “Getting the airspeed rolling and starting to go really fast and then you lift up, you feel like you’re floating. You’re flying.”
Awosanya is training to become a commercial pilot. It was always the dream, but it wasn’t always the career path. Awosanya got a degree in psychology and was doing clinical research. Still, she couldn’t shake her love of flying. “It was something that has been on the back of my mind my entire life,” she said. “But I could never express it to anyone because at the time, kind of felt like an idea that was so out there and unachievable and unattainable.”