Frequently Asked Questions

You’re not a typical student.  We’re not a typical college! Discover the difference a technical career education can make. 

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Why should you attend a Technical College?

We know your priority is to get job in the career field of your choice.  Broward’s Technical Colleges are dedicated to providing you with the training you need to get a high-wage high-skill job in one of the many growth industries in South Florida or the nation.  Fast Track your career with one of our many Career in a Year programs.

Broward’s three technical colleges, Atlantic, McFatter and Sheridan are state-of-the-art, fully accredited, public institutions training the future workforce of the tri-county area.  Our programs provide hands-on training by licensed certified instructors.

Will you help me find a job?

Job placement information is available to all registered and former students who are seeking full-time employment after training, or part-time employment while attending school. Students are provided with information on resume writing, interviewing skills and job search resources.

Is financial aid available?

The colleges work with federal grants and state trust funds.  Financial assistance is available through many agencies, scholarships, and other grant programs.  You are provided with information on how to apply for financial aid and how to find other sources of funding before you register for program.  Our goal is to have you graduate with little or no debt.

How much does it cost to attend a Technical College?

Tuition for Florida residents (12 months or more of documented Florida residency) ranges from $500 to $6,000 depending upon the length of the program (see a course Schedule for the school of your choice). Tuition is paid every 9 or 18 week enrollment period depending upon program entry date. Fees vary according to the hours of training for each program.

What programs do the technical colleges offer?

Our technical colleges offer a wide variety of career and technical programs in the areas of Automotive, Building Trades, Business, Child Care, Commercial Vehicle Driving, Communication Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Fire Science, Marine Technology, Health Science, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Medical Technology, Public Service, and Transportation Technology.

Students who need academic support can enroll in one of our Adult General Education Classes; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL),  Adult Basic Education or GED® Preparation. Our programs are offered on a full-time or part-time schedule and we offer day, evening, online or Saturday classes.

Can I enroll in a Technical College?

Enrollment is open to students who have the desire to obtain a quality education in the technical areas.  Students with special needs are accommodated through our Exceptional Education Specialists.  Our colleges also provide opportunities for high school students in either a Magnet High School/Academy Program or as Career Dual enrolled students.  Non-U.S. resident students may apply as International students with the correct documentation as required by the Department of Homeland Security.

Will you help me decide which program is best for me?

Because you are not the typical student, the technical colleges have counselors and advisors who can help determine the best fit for you!

What will my day on campus look like?

You spend the majority of the day with one teacher.  Part of your day will be in the classroom working on theory.  The other part of your day will be the “hands-on” part of your training.  Many programs have on-the-job training and/or internships.  Class hours vary according to program, with full-time students usually attending five to six hours per day.  Some programs are available evenings and on Saturdays and many programs are offered online.

Can I transfer to another college?

When you meet all eligibility requirements to become a program graduate you may also have the opportunity to be awarded college credits by Broward College and other Florida colleges/community colleges toward an A.S. or A.A.S. Degree. For specific information, contact the program counselor.

What’s my next step?

Your next step is to attend an orientation session and take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) tests unless you meet exemption criteria (see a counselor for exemption details).  After the testing, you will arrange to see your counselor/advisor to begin your journey on your career path.  We look forward to being part of your success!