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Florida’s technical colleges are an effective model of leveraging state funding and accreditation policy to elevate the role of ATCs in postsecondary attainment. This profile highlights these policies and recent efforts to elevate awareness of technical colleges among learners through the expansion of short-term credentialing programs.
There are more area technical centers (ATCs) in the United States than there are community colleges. Despite their prevalence, ATCs are not well understood and, as a result, are often overlooked in wider discussions and decisions regarding postsecondary education and workforce development. These under-utilized public institutions can and should be better leveraged to help more learners equitably access and attain postsecondary education and related credentials of value. Doing so will help close skill and equity gaps and ensure that more Americans have the skills, competencies and credentials they need for future career success and economic prosperity. This report examines these under-studied and under-utilized public assets.