About Corporate College
The Corporate College brings together an extensive curriculum of technological, business, and professional development courses that are divided into areas of specialization called institutes. Each institute incorporates the latest developments in technologies and applications that have a major commercial impact. The Corporate College institutes are committed to making every training opportunity available to the workforce community, and to providing the most economical, efficient, and effective means of meeting today's demanding training needs. The Corporate College can conduct classes at a company site, at a Polk State College campus, or at a location that is convenient for the workforce needs. Classes are scheduled on days and at times that are flexible for student convenience. Online training opportunities from national providers are also available. The Corporate College web page on Polk State's website provides contact and registration information.
The 3-D Innovation Lab
The Polk State 3-D Innovation Lab, located at the Corporate College, offers 3-D printing services to individuals and businesses. Non-credit training courses are available for community members of all ages and interests, and the lab offers services such as modeling, scanning, and 3-D printing using a variety of tools. Stocked with four commercial-grade printers, this state-of-the-art facility enables local residents, entrepreneurs, and businesses to learn about 3-D programming, as well as create and print 3-D designs. Items that previously had to be made by manufacturers can now be printed on machines. The 3-D Innovation Lab empowers Polk County residents and businesses with revolutionary technology that has the ability to produce production-ready products for prototyping, presentation, and design comparison.
Corporate College Institutes
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides manufacturers with access to state-of-the-art equipment, affordable workforce development, and training solutions for the development of specialized skills in manufacturing. The purpose is to continually incorporate the latest developments in technologies and applications, to train individuals to those standards, and to help Polk County and neighboring counties build their industries to achieve global competitiveness.
The Corporate College implements ambitious training programs designed to provide a well-trained, highly-skilled workforce to area companies. In designing these programs, the Corporate College collaborates with local manufacturers, leading training providers, and equipment manufacturers to develop and deliver the programs desired. These partnerships use industry-tested professionals as instructors to assist the Corporate College in delivering new and emerging technologies to the local workforce.
The Polk State College Child Care Training Institute provides introductory child care training required by the Florida Department of Children and Families for employment in the childcare profession.
Polk State College provides Florida's state-mandated classes for child care professionals in Polk, Hardee, and Highland Counties. These mandated courses provide the training necessary for individuals to either work in or own a child care center. The classes address both basic and specialized training, and focus on the high quality of care children deserve.
College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing - CAAM
The mission of the College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing (CAAM) is to champion innovative training programs that support a stronger economy and keep the manufacturing workforce current and viable in a demanding era of globalization and change. The Alliance provides curriculum, training, and certification resources to foster the development and sustainability of Florida manufacturing. To achieve these goals, the CAAM works with stakeholders from academia, industry, and government.
The CAAM organizes and provides a wide array of proven resources and access to high-quality, reliable training through some of Florida's most recognized, experienced training organizations in the private sector. The Alliance provides on-site training and accessible testing sites that are capable of granting in-demand certifications for employees working in the field.
The Contractor Safety Training Institute offers the Contractor Health and Safety Training Program for all contractors working in the Central Florida Phosphate Industry. This program also includes the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)-24 hour New Miner Training Course and the Annual Refresher Courses for those contractors who work on mine sites. These training opportunities meet all state and federal guidelines.
The Polk State College Insurance Institute provides pre-license courses taught by experienced leaders in the insurance industry. The Polk State Insurance Institute also has a complete online course program. Fully online courses are available for the 2-15 Life, Health, and Variable Annuities Pre-license Course, the 2-20 General Lines Pre-license Course, and the 40 Hour Conversion for Experienced Licensees Course. Additionally, the Polk State College Insurance Institute offers the 6-20/ACA - Accredited Claims Adjuster Designation Course and the 4-40/RCSR - Registered Customer Service Representative Course. The ACA designation allows students to be exempt from the Florida exam for the General Lines Adjuster License when they apply online to the State for the 6-20 License. The RCSR designation allows students to be exempt from the Florida state exam for the 4-40 Customer Service Representative License when they apply online to the State for the 4-40 License. The college reports individuals' course credits electronically to the Florida Department of Financial Services and is an approved state provider.
The IT/Computer Institute offers a broad array of hands-on IT, project management, and professional skills-training courses. Throughout the last decade, the global market has encountered an explosion of new technology, much of which has become ubiquitous in the workplace. Today's computer users must be continual learners.
The IT/Computer Institute schedules classes throughout the year in the College's state-of-the-art computer labs. All classes can be customized to fit specific training needs. Whether a business is interested in certification programs or new software application programs, IT/Computer Institute professionals can assess these needs and develop a program that uniquely serves and benefits the company.
Manufacturing Talent Development Institute
The Manufacturing Talent Development Institute (Manufacturing TDI), formerly the Banner Center for Advanced Manufacturing, is a statewide consortium that develops resources to ensure that the skills and abilities of Florida's manufacturing workforce are as modern as the microchips, metals, and medical devices they make. These resources comprise a wide spectrum of activities including industry-driven academic and training curriculum development, unified workforce preparation systems, sand educational articulation pathways and certifications that are required for manufacturing workplace competencies.
Professional Development Institute
The Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers courses that allow professionals to increase their skill set and obtain new proficiencies necessary in a competitive and global business environment. Students can choose from various programs and fields. Specifically, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers classes in the following key areas:
- Management Trainee/Leadership
- Human Resources
- Internet Marketing (Online)
- Project Management
- Business Communications
- Training for Trainers
- Sales and Negotiations
- Legal Studies
Among its many benefits, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) offers local courses, flexible class times, online and face-to-face formats, low tuition fees, experienced instructors, and relevant up-to-date trainings. The PDI is collaborating with top industry instructors who are recognized leaders within their industries. Instructors are highly experienced leaders, renowned keynote speakers, and notable authors. The Corporate College is committed to training employees with customized programs and courses that are based on the specific needs of individual organizations.
The Real Estate Institute provides participants with an overview of real estate principles, practices, and law, as well as issues relating to investment. Participants taking these courses are primarily seeking to explore possible careers in the real estate field.
Corporate College has partnered with the online trainer REcampus to offer students online options in real estate training.
The Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) has been designed to support the rapidly growing supply chain management industry in Polk County. The SCMI offers courses in Transportation/Logistics and Warehousing/Distribution; these components of supply chain management comprise a significant percentage of Polk County's economy. Courses are also offered in applied technical skills associated with supply chain management. Students who complete the Supply Chain Management Institute courses can ultimately gain certificate training, specialist certification, expert-in-field certification, articulation to college credit, or an associate's degree. These options benefit students, businesses, and the local economy. The Corporate College is implementing ambitious training programs that provide the workforce with a pool of well-trained and highly skilled individuals. In designing these programs, the Corporate College did not build its programs in-house, but rather has collaborated with leading training providers and component manufacturers to develop and deliver curriculum. These partnerships are vital to building continuously relevant workforce programs that are delivered by industry-tested professionals.