SFCC Forms Corporate and Community Education Department
On May 1, South Florida Community College’s Corporate and Continuing Education and Community Education departments merged to form the Corporate and Community Education Department. The new department will be located in Building T, along with the Community Education classes formerly held in Building H.
“We are excited about the merge,” said Lorrie Key, coordinator, Corporate and Continuing Education. “It will allow us to offer new classes based on community need and help us determine which classes fit best in each program while keeping them in the same department.”
In the past, Key has had employers sign up for Corporate Education training when what they really needed were basic skills classes run by Community Education. “Previously, I would have to get in contact with Lauren Redick to find out if the classes they needed were available. Now I will have direct access to all classes.”
While the majority of Community Education and Driver’s Education classes will remain under Redick, community education specialist, who joins Key; Rene Smalley, staff assistant, corporate and continuing education; and Deborah Gutierrez, program specialist, in their offices in Building T, Key will oversee the Artists Group (TAG), Lifetime Learners, the Heartland Senior Games, and the Summer Enrichment Camp, now called Camp Discovery. Camp Discovery will focus on career exploration, and campers will participate in different activities and field trips that bolster their understanding about these careers.
Key expects the merger to add more flexibility to the department’s programs and classes – the department will hold classes on SFCC’s campus as in the past and expand binging instructors to those who are not able to travel to the campuses. She has begun visiting retirement homes in the area to find out what types of classes they would benefit from.
“Because both Corporate and Continuing Education and Community Education are now both solely self-supported, we decided the merger would be beneficial to both programs,” said Kevin Brown, dean, applied sciences and technologies. “Neither department is funded by FTE anymore, so the revenue each makes is the only means of funding. The merger will help the college continue providing the same services and allow the college to continue to fulfill its mission of educating the community.”