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Florida TRADE Program

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Valencia College, a member of the Florida TRADE consortium, has been honored by the Department of Labor with a grant to help fill highly sought after jobs in the exciting field of advanced manufacturing. Our objective is to put unemployed workers and veterans back to work in the high-tech advanced manufacturing industry. Our national certification programs will lead to paid internships and jobs with leading Central Florida manufacturing companies who are partnering with us in this program.

About the M-Path Initiative

Valencia’s “M-Path” initiative lays out a path for students to obtain nationally recognized industry certifications, college credit certificates and a related degrees in key areas of need in the state’s manufacturing sector. The M-Path program is funded by a $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education. Grant funds enable the hiring of staff and faculty, purchase of equipment and software, curriculum development, and design of Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

To learn more, visit the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center website.


Valencia’s partners from the Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council (AMAC) provide guidance to ensure that our training program meets industry standards and employer expectations. Additionally, partners give classroom presentations and have hired a number of Valencia students.



Custom Metal Designs



HESC Orlando

Lockheed Martin

Manufacturing Association of Central Florida (MACF)

Metal Essence

Mitsubishi Hitatchi Power Systems


Pro Image Solution

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To speak with a Valencia representative, contact Randy White at 407 582-8207, or Vanessa Berrios at 407-582-5032, or provide your name and email address and we will contact you.

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This program is funded in whole by a $15,000,000 TAACCCT grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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