About the 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 solutions for meeting today’s demanding training needs. The Corporate College can conduct classes at a company site, a Polk State College campus, or any convenient location. Classes are scheduled on days and times that are flexible for student convenience. Online training opportunities from national providers are also available. More information about training options is located on the Corporate College webpage, which is available through the Polk State College homepage. The Corporate College’s innovative training and coursework options have received ISO 9001 Certification, a 2019 Bellwether Award, and the 2017 National Council for Continuing Education Training (NCCET) Exemplary Program Award.
Corporate College Institutes
Advanced Manufacturing Institute
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides manufacturers with access to state-of-the-art equipment and affordable workforce training solutions for the development of specialized skills in manufacturing. The purpose is to continually incorporate the latest innovations in technologies and applications, and to train individuals to those standards, helping Polk 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 Institute offers a broad array of computer application training courses. Classes are scheduled throughout the year and are held remotely and in the College’s state-of-the-art computer labs. All classes can be customized to fit specific training needs and delivery modes. Whether a business is interested in certification programs or new software applications, IT/Computer Institute professionals can assess these needs and develop a program that uniquely serves and benefits the company. In addition, classes can be customized and conducted at an employer’s worksite, or within a hybrid or online environment when flexibility is required.
Professional Development Institute
The Professional Development Institute offers courses that allow professionals to increase their skillsets and proficiencies for the competitive and global business environment. An individual can choose from various programs and fields. Specifically, the Professional Development Institute offers classes in:
- Management Training and Leadership
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Business Communications
- Training for Trainers
- Business Assessment Services Using SmartPlan 360
- Sales and Negotiations
- Lean Processes
- Smart Plan 360
- Leadership Development in Public Service
- Leadership Development in Public Administration
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Consultancy Services
Among its many benefits, the Professional Development Institute offers local courses; flexible class times; online, hybrid, and face-to-face instructional formats; low-cost tuition; experienced instructors; and relevant training options. The Professional Development Institute collaborates with top industry professionals who are recognized leaders within their industries, renowned keynote speakers, and notable authors. The Corporate College is committed to providing customized programs and courses that are based on the specific needs of individual organizations and evolving leaders.
Child Care Training Institute
The Polk State College Child Care Training Institute provides 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, certification exams, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and in-service training for childcare professionals in Polk, Hardee, and Highland counties. These mandated courses, as well as customized professional development provide the training necessary for individuals to either work in or own a childcare center. The classes address both basic and specialized training, and the focus is 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 to 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 can grant 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 16-Hour Program (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 24-Hour New Miner Training Course (MSHA), and the Annual Refresher Course. In addition, the Contractor Safety Institute offers the Mosaic Site-Specific Training Program for Mosaic’s Florida and Louisiana facilities, as well as a wide range of PowerSafe Generation classes at the Corporate College’s state-of-the-art Computer Training Lab.
The Insurance Institute serves the insurance industry by providing effective educational experiences while fulfilling the statutory requirements of the Florida Department of Financial Services for pre-licensing. The Insurance Institute offers fully online designation, pre-licensing, and certification courses for insurance taught by certified instructors with valuable and extensive industry experience. These courses are designed to assist an individual who is interested in entering the insurance profession. The Insurance Institute also offers custom programs for specific training needs. The cost of training at the Institute is competitive with, and often lower than, the cost of other workforce training institutions and organizations.
Real Estate Institute
The Real Estate Institute provides an overview of real estate principles, practices, and law, as well as issues related to investment, enabling an individual to explore possible careers in the real estate field. The Corporate College has partnered with the vendor OLT (Online Training institute, Inc.) to offer online options in real estate training.
Supply Chain and Logistics Program
The purpose of the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) ® Program is to recognize individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of front-line material handling (entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of specialized assessments. The goal of the CLT Program is to prepare individuals for front-line handling and supply chain logistics jobs in fulfillment centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and factories. This training program includes stackable certifications for today’s employees and in-demand skills needed for long-term career paths in over 5.8 million supply chain logistics jobs.
The CLT Program consists of two parts: Foundational-Level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) ® training and assessment and Mid-Level Technical CLT training and assessment (CLT). The CLT and CLA designations articulate to credit in the following college-level courses: CGS 1100 - Computer Applications for Business , SCM 1010 - Introduction to Supply Chain Management , TRA 2010 - Transportation and Distribution . This articulated credit can be applied toward a Polk State Associate in Science in Supply Chain Management degree if desired.
Construction Institute training considers the range and complexity of today’s construction projects and gives students the skills and abilities necessary to succeed, regardless of the type of project or construction. Construction workers today can find themselves dealing with building materials and construction situations beyond the traditional wood frame and masonry structures. Knowledge of steel; pre-stressed, pre-cast, tilt-up, and prefabricated components; and composite materials is critical, as is a deep understanding of new construction methods, technologies, and regulatory requirements. Polk State College provides today’s workers with industry training to be productive and competitive in today’s construction market.
Manual Machining Certification Program
This certification program validates that an individual has the skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete process planning, basic manual milling and machining applications, and machine set-ups; manage operations; inspect equipment; and follow safety standards. The course is aligned to the curriculum required for four National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates. The program’s competencies include: Industrial Safety, Blueprint Interpretation, Cutting Tool Assembly, Cutting Tool Selection, Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerances, Precision Measurements, Introduction to Metrology, Material Identification and Tool Selection, Tolerance Inspection, Machine Maintenance, Machining Applications, and Material Preparations.
CNC Operator Certification Program
This certification program provides an individual with the skills and abilities to obtain an entry-level position in a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining environment. This course is aligned with the curriculum required for four National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials. Upon completion of the program, the student receives the Certified CNC Operator designation.
CNC Programming Certification Program
This certification program validates that an individual has the skills and abilities to successfully setup and operate a CNC milling and turning center, as well as 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. Upon completion of the program, the student receives the Certified CNC Programmer designation. An individual wishing to enroll in this program must have already completed the CNC Operator Certification Program.
Industrial Maintenance Technician Program
The Industrial Maintenance Technician (IMT) Program provides each participant with the opportunity to obtain entry-level mechatronics skills in a variety of industrial areas, allowing for fluency, adaptability, and versatility in the field. The IMT Program includes skillsets necessary for work in a multitude of settings such as distribution warehouses, automobile assembly plants, food and beverage manufacturers, petroleum refineries, and power generation facilities. This program leads to numerous national certifications.
Essentials of Manufacturing Program: OSHA 10, CPT, and PMMI Mechanical 1 Training
This program is ideal for individuals with limited to no prior knowledge of manufacturing who hope to seek a career in this high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand industry.
The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) Program is to allow individuals to demonstrate mastery of the foundational competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry to front-line-supervisor level through successful completion of certification assessments. The goal of the CPT Program is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of production technicians to bolster company productivity and competitiveness. The CPT Program consists of four individual certificate assessments: Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness. Completion of the CPT Program provides fifteen college credits articulated to the Polk State Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree.
The second part of the CPT Program provides Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Mechanical Components I Certification, which covers the principles and applications of the most common mechanical-drive components used in packaging machinery and systems. This program covers simple mechanical-power transmission devices such as shafts, belts, chains, cams, and gears, and provides emphasis on the application and troubleshooting of systems. An understanding of simple mechanical components provides the background necessary to explore the more complex systems of components used on all types of packaging equipment. This certificate is aimed at entry-level technicians who may be involved in the assembly, testing, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.