As of today, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) assumed administrative and operational control of First Coast Technical College (FCTC). The charter status of FCTC was terminated on June 15, 2016, by mutual agreement between the Governing Board of FCTC and the SJCSD.
The SJCSD will continue operation of the school as a technical center with a focus on career education. The district intends to maintain all sustainable educational programs and further develop and/or expand offerings to meet the needs of both adult and high school students in the tri-county area.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner shared with the FCTC faculty and staff this morning that he is looking forward to bringing FCTC back as one of our district schools. “I could not be more excited for the opportunity to serve our community in the area of post-secondary education,” he stated.
Dr. Joyner announced today a new organizational structure with a leadership team from the SJCSD. Cathy Mittelstadt, associate superintendent for student support services, will serve as the interim principal, Chris Force, director of career and technical programs will lead the instructional programs, and Patrick Snodgrass, director of purchasing, will oversee the operations and facilities departments. This new leadership team will be working with FCTC students and staff members over the next few months.
The college will continue in its mission to provide career, technical, and adult education to meet the changing needs of students, businesses and the workforce. Summer classes are ongoing and registration for the fall semester is open. Enrollment information can be found on the FCTC website at http://fctc.edu/. In the words of Ms. Mittelstadt, “This day launches a new tomorrow working together.”
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