First Coast Technical College has a long tradition of focusing on vocational-technical training, dating back to 1967 when the first director was named for the school designed to serve St. Johns, Clay and Putnam counties at what was then St. Augustine Technical Center. The focus was on the practical, on training that fit in with business needs and that would mean graduates would be able to find jobs. The first course was in practical nursing and Flagler Hospital was the first site.
In 1999, the name changed to First Coast Technical Institute as the school became Florida’s first secondary charter school, and in 2007 the institution became First Coast Technical College.
College offerings range from a school of culinary arts to medical offerings, from pest control operations to digital design, cosmetology to automotive services technology.
“What makes FCTC special is the fact that our students can achieve a career in a year with no debt. We train students quickly for in-demand careers and they are able to start their new professions without the debt that so many of their cohorts may incur at other schools,” said Jill Miller, FCTC spokeswoman.