Gulf Coast State College Hosts Advanced Technology Center Open House
Panama City, FL – Gulf Coast State College is hosting an Open House for the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) on Friday, October 11, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. in the ATC.
The ATC Open House showcases all of the academic programs and entrepreneurial opportunities that are available in this new, history-making facility. Attendees will have a chance to speak with faculty and staff about the programs and equipment inside the ATC. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to have this game-changing facility completed and opened for students,” said Dr. Jim Kerley, GCSC President. “We believe this facility will help attract new high-tech, high paying jobs to our area and are pleased to share the finished product with our region. We extend a special invitation for everybody to join us as we celebrate the top ATC in the country.”
The 93,500 square foot facility promotes innovative partnerships across key sectors of business, industry, government and education within a “future-forward” framework. It functions as a talent pipeline with training and programs directly targeting the local skills gap, leading to lucrative careers in advanced technologies.
“The ATC will be vital to statewide efforts to produce the caliber of talent desired by today’s and tomorrow’s growth industries. The center also reflects our goal of encouraging research and development and STEM education to ensure that Florida can remain a strong competitor for high value-added jobs.”
Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc.
The Advanced Technology Center is an 93,500
square foot facility dedicated to driving and accelerating
regional economic growth by fostering partnerships across
business, industry, government and education.
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TRANSFORMING TECHNOLOGY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The GCSC ATC is a transformative facility embracing a philosophy
grounded in innovative partnerships cross the key sectors of business,
industry, government and education within a "future-forward" framework.
This premier facility will be the tipping point of the region, harnessing
the intellectual capital of the brightest minds in business and academia to
create a truly synergistic system grounded in innovation and the formation of
knowledge and technology clusters.
A NATIONAL MODEL of BEST PRACTICES
The ATC will serve as a national model for best practices in connecting
education to business and industry through fl exible and accessible education
programs across K-12 and articulating into postsecondary education.
The GCSC ATC dissolves the barriers between regional and community
assets, serving as a proactive and sustained center for unprecedented
CHAMPIONING CAREER and TECHNICAL EDUCATION
The ATC offers a brighter and clearer future for the host of students
currently underserved in career and technical education, creating a new sector of the
American workforce capable of taking applied technology to
endeavors in record time.
REVITALIZING our ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
The foundation of the ATC lies in an entrepreneurial spirit which
continually adapts to the changes in the regional and global economy, enabling
the formation and expansion of jobs leading to an increased quality of life
throughout the area. Positioned within a state college, the ATC will accelerate the idea-to-market
continuum through the college's many existing relationships with workforce
and economic development entities.
If you have any questions about the role of the ATC in local and regional economic development, or current and projected educational programs and services, please don;t hesitate to contact the college personnel below. This is our community, our college, and our Advanced Technology Center and we welcome your inquiries.
CONTACT the staff below if you have any questions about the ATC.
Stephen W. Dunnivant, Ed. D. Dean, Advanced Technology Center