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 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 and training solutions. The Corporate College can conduct classes at a company site, a Polk State College campus, or a location that is convenient for our industry partners. Classes are scheduled on days and times that are flexible for student convenience. Online training opportunities from national providers are also available. For more information, see the Corporate College web page located on Polk State College's home page.
Corporate College Institutes
Advanced Manufacturing Institute
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 innovative 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 IT/Computer Division 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 Division 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 Division professionals can assess these needs and develop a program that uniquely serves and benefits the company. In addition, classes can be customized and conducted on an employer's work site when flexibility is required.
Professional Development Institute
The Professional Development Division offers courses that allow professionals to increase their skill sets and obtain new proficiencies necessary in a competitive and global business environment. Students can choose from various programs and fields. Specifically, the Professional Development Division offers classes in the following key areas:
- Management Trainee/Leadership
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Business Communications
- Training for Trainers
- Sales and Negotiations
- Legal Studies
- Workplace Lean
- Leadership in Public Safety
Among its many benefits, the Professional Development Division offers local courses, flexible class times, online and face-to-face formats, low-cost tuition, experienced instructors, and relevant training options. The Professional Development Division collaborates with top industry professionals 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.
Child Care Training Institute
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 training and certification exams for childcare 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. Current CAAM partners include: St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Pasco-Hernando State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Daytona State College, and Palm Beach State College.
Contractor Safety Training Institute
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 includes the Florida Phosphate Producers Basic 16hr Program (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration 24-hour New Miner Training Course (MSHA) and the Annual Refresher Course for both. In addition, the Contractor Safety Institute offers the Mosaic Site Specific Training Program for both their Florida and Louisiana facilities and a wide range of the PowerSafe Generation classes at our Computer Based Training Lab.
The Polk State College Insurance Institute provides a complete online program of Pre-license courses approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services (FLDFS) that fulfills the education requirements for licensure. Courses available are the 2-15 Health and Life including Annuities and Variable Contracts Course, the 2-20 General Lines Course, the 20-44 Personal Lines Agent Course and the 440-220 Conversion Course for Experienced Licensees. Additionally, the Polk State College Insurance Institute offers two Florida Designation courses, the 6-20/ACA: Accredited Claims Adjuster and the 4-40 RCSR: Registered Customer Service Representative Course. Successfully passing either of the Designation courses will waive the State Exam. These courses are designed to assist individuals interested in entering the insurance profession.
Real Estate Institute
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.
The Corporate College has partnered with the online trainer REcampus to offer students online options in real estate training.
Supply Chain Management Institute
The logistics and supply chain field includes a variety of employees within business distribution and management including forklift operators, warehouse managers, operation analysts, purchasing specialists, and all of the individuals necessary to maintain effective and efficient flow of materials and products. Polk State's Supply Chain and Logistics Institute specializes in training individuals to positively impact a company's bottom line and allow for expansion opportunities.
The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCLI) offers courses in Transportation/Logistics, Warehousing/Distribution, and Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration, and is a RETA (Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association) training center; these components of supply chain management comprise a significant percentage of Polk County's economy. An individual who completes courses through the Supply Chain and Logistics Institute can ultimately gain certificate training, specialist certification, expert-in-field certification, articulation to college credit, or a Polk State Associate in Science (AS) degree in Supply Chain Management. These options benefit students, businesses, and the local economy.
Infrastructure / Construction Program
The Construction Programs are designed to provide the student with an understanding and the skills needed for a career in the area of construction. The various courses offered are designed to provide training in many different disciplines involved with construction. These courses range from Carpentry to Construction Management. Most classes are taught as a combination of classroom and lab activities, providing the students both the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career. The students can earn nationally recognized certifications to prepare them in this fast-growing career field.
This certification program validates that an individual has the skills and knowledge to successfully complete process planning, basic manual milling machining applications, machine set ups, operations, inspection techniques and safety standards. This course is aligned to 4 National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates. Course competencies to include: Industrial safety, Blueprint Interpretation, Cutting Tool Assembly, Cutting Tool Selection, Geometrical Dimensioning & Tolerances, Precision Measurements, Introduction to Metrology, Materials Identification and tool selection, Tolerance Inspection, Machine Maintenance, Machining Applications, Material Preparations
This certification program provides students with the knowledge and skills to obtain an entry-level position in a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining environment. This course is aligned with four National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials. Students will be certified CNC Operators upon completion of this track.
This certification program validates that an individual has the skills and knowledge to successfully setup and operate a CNC milling and turning center, program machining code, maintain quality and safety standards, keep accountability records, and maintain equipment and supplies as expected. This course is aligned with two additional NIMS credentials. Students will be certified CNC Programmers upon completion of this track. Prerequisite: CNC operator
Industrial Maintenance Technician program
The Industrial Maintenance Technician (IMT) program is a 720-hour advanced offering, delivered over a 30-week period that allows for OJT or internship activity while participants are enrolled. The program provides participants with the opportunity to earn skills in a variety of industrial areas, allowing for fluency, adaptability, and versatility in the field. The program teaches the skills necessary for work in a multitude of industries such as distribution warehouses, automobile assembly plants, food and beverage manufacturers, petroleum refineries, and power generation facilities and leads to numerous national certifications.