Houstonians will have improved access to educational opportunities with Florida Career College (FCC) opening a new, second campus location at 9945 Bissonnet Street in Houston. FCC is an accredited institution that offers a range of vocational and trade programs to help students get started in a new career in as little as 10 months. The college has been serving the Houston community with its first location, known as Houston North (located at 70 FM 1960), since 2014. The new Houston Southwest campus is over 27,000 square-feet and includes classrooms, training labs, lecture halls, computer labs and a student resource center. The first cohort of students at Houston Southwest will start on March 28, 2022. FCC offers both day and evening classes.
“We have been serving greater Houston for six years with the existing FCC campus and decided to expand our footprint in response to employer demand for well-trained workers in business, health care and skilled trades. The economic impact of the pandemic really demonstrated the need for additional access to career and vocational training programs in Houston,” said Kristen Torres, Vice President of Strategic Development. “We are thrilled to be opening our beautiful new location in Southwest Houston. At FCC, we are training essential workers.”
Initial programs being offered at the new Houston Southwest campus include Business Office Administration, Health Services Administration, Medical Front Office and Billing, Dental Assistant, and Medical Assistant Technician.
“While the pandemic is certainly impacting the economy and employment in greater Houston, our programs are in the fields where there is ongoing demand,” Torres said.
Like all other FCC locations, the Houston Southwest campus will welcome new students with modified operations that include comprehensive COVID-19 prevention protocols.
“The health, safety and well-being of our students and colleagues is the top priority,” Torres said. “At the onset of the pandemic we deployed a distance education portal that has worked well to keep students on their path to graduation. Students are doing most of their coursework online, with limited time on campus in small groups, which are focused on the hands-on tasks in labs.”
“FCC is training essential workers, particularly in our health care programs, and students are seeing the types of precautionary protocols that they can expect when entering the workforce after they graduate,” Torres added.
“Florida Career College is a viable option for students who are not able to put their lives on hold for years while they attend college,” said Robert Pope, Campus President at FCC Houston Southwest. “In as few as 10 months, you can learn the skills you need to start a career. We offer hands-on training from instructors who have a wealth of experience in the industries they teach. Some programs include an externship with local employers, and FCC offers career services and job placement resources. If you are an employer looking to hire skilled workers, we invite you to talk with us about your needs.”