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Hollywood, Fla.-Based Los Lobos Is First Team In UPSL's Newly-Created Florida Gold Coast Conference -- The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce that Los Lobos has joined as a member team for the 2017 Spring and Fall seasons.Los Lobos, based in Hollywood, Fla., will play in the UPSL's newly-created Florida Gold Coast Conference.United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "This is beginning of big things for both Los Lobos and the UPSL as we open up the Florida Gold Coast Conference with a very strong team that has a strong foundation starting from youth all the way up to adult pro development. Our target with the Gold Coast Conference is 12-to-18 teams. Over the coming weeks we will have additional team announcements. Los Lobos is under the umbrella of Next Level Soccer Academy, which has really made a name for itself with its outstanding play at top tournaments. We are pleased to welcome Los Lobos to the United Premier Soccer League and wish them the best of success in 2017 and beyond."Los Lobos is owned by Octavio Zamudio, 26, a former youth international player. A native of Hollywood, Fla., Zamudio currently operates Next Level Soccer Academy and Los Lobos full time.Los Lobos Owner and General Manager Octavio Zamudio said, "My biggest thing is I want to bridge the gap between youth soccer and professional for these kids. I've made that my goal and it's working out very well now. We're in the UPSL now, with even greater potential than before and playing in an exploding soccer market. We're very excited to be a part of this."Officially formed in 2016 as Next Level Soccer Academy, Zamudio's under-20 team has won two trophies (2016 IMG Showcase, 2016 Wellington Showcase), and are currently top of the table in the Florida Development League."We've scrimmaged teams from other pro development leagues and we've beat them," Zamudio said. "It's taken off faster than we thought. This was in my five-year plan, to join a bigger league, but with the rapid success, joining the UPSL has just worked out perfectly."The team will play its games at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) and Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar (Fla.), complying with the UPSL's Minimum Standards. The club will soon announce its upcoming league schedule.Los Lobos is an American Soccer club based in Hollywood, Florida, and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Los Lobos will compete in the UPSL's Gold Coast Conference.Founded in 2016, Los Lobos can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).Contact:Octavio ZamudioDirect: 954-614-6226Email: nlsocceracademy@gmail.comThe UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 60 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Utah. The UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 80-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining UPSL minimum standards.UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).More information about UPSL can be found at http://www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/ upslsoccer ) and Twitter (@upslsoccer)Contact UPSL:info@upslsoccernews.comDirect: 310-415-5691Media Relations:Dennis Popedennis.pope@upslsoccernews.comDirect: 951-675-3963


News Article | October 28, 2016
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The nation’s Best Construction Management Degree Programs have been ranked by leading online higher education resource site Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). Comparing data from both online and on-campus programs at two- and four-year schools respectively, the lists determine which schools provide the best overall Construction Management training for 2016-2017. Top scoring four-year schools include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Utah Valley University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, College of Southern Nevada and Roger Williams University; top scoring two-year schools include Metropolitan Community College, Piedmont Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Edmonds Community College and Santa Fe Community College. “Construction management is a great degree for those interested in advancing their career in architecture, design or a variety of skilled trades,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “As student demand increases, the number of schools offering formal construction management degrees also rises, making our analysis of each program around the country extremely beneficial for college-bound students.” More than a dozen different school-specific metrics, from graduation rates to student-teacher ratios, are weighed against one another to determine the Best Construction Management Degree Programs in the country. Colleges must also meet a handful of standard guidelines to qualify for the AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org list; institutions are required to be accredited public or private not-for-profit entities. Each must also offer students career placement assistance or services. All schools named on the 2016-2017 Best Construction Management Degree Programs in the U.S. list are included below. Specific details on data and methodology used, as well as ranking order for each list can be found at the following link: Albany Technical College Arizona Western College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Bossier Parish Community College Cabrillo College Cape Fear Community College Central Community College Central New Mexico Community College College of the Canyons College of the Desert Community College of Allegheny County Cosumnes River College Delaware County Community College Delta College Diablo Valley College Edmonds Community College Erie Community College Frederick Community College Gwinnett Technical College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Inver Hills Community College Ivy Tech Community College Joliet Junior College Laney College Lee College Lorain County Community College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College North Hennepin Community College Northland Pioneer College Parkland College Pickens Technical College Piedmont Community College Pitt Community College Prince George's Community College Rowan-Cabarrus Community College San Diego Mesa College Santa Fe Community College Savannah Technical College Sinclair College South Suburban College Texas State Technical College - Waco The Community College of Baltimore County Trinidad State Junior College Ventura College Victor Valley College Washburn Institute of Technology Washtenaw Community College Wilkes Community College Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Brazosport College Broward College Central Washington University College of Southern Nevada CUNY New York City College of Technology Drexel University Dunwoody College of Technology Eastern Michigan University Farmingdale State College Ferris State University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida State College at Jacksonville Indian River State College John Brown University Kennesaw State University Lawrence Technological University Mississippi State University Missouri Western State University Montana State University - Northern Morgan State University Navajo Technical University North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Michigan University Northern New Mexico College Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Pensacola State College Philadelphia University Pittsburg State University Pratt Institute – Main Campus Roger Williams University Seminole State College of Florida Snow College State College of Florida-Manatee - Sarasota SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Delhi The University of Montana University of Akron Main Campus University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University of Oklahoma - Norman Campus Utah State University Utah Valley University Valencia College Weber State University Western Carolina University Youngstown State University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | November 18, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has released it’s ranking of Florida’s Best Vocational and Trade Programs for 2016-2017. The higher education resource and information site chose 38 Florida colleges for the list, highlighting both two- and four-year schools offering on-campus or online trade and vocational training. Schools scoring highest include: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Pensacola State College, Palm Beach State College, Santa Fe College and Daytona State College (four-year schools) and Hillsborough Community College, Tallahassee Community College, City College Altamonte Springs and Hollywood campuses and Charlotte Technical Center (two-year schools). “Most jobs in the U.S. do not require a Bachelor’s level education, and only 30 percent of the labor force in the U.S. has a four-year degree as of 2009,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These Florida schools are providing excellent education options for students interested in trade or vocational careers, which are projected to be some of the fastest-growing industries in the nation through 2024.” To qualify for placement on Florida’s Best Trade Schools list, the Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several minimum quality standards. Each college must be regionally accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status. All schools on the list must also offer career placement services to help maximize student success. The site analyzes each qualifying school based on more than a dozen unique factors, such as student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and more to come up with scoring. A full list of the ranking and the data points and methodology used to determine the Best Trade Schools in Florida can be found at: Broward College Chipola College City College - Fort Lauderdale College of Central Florida Daytona State College Eastern Florida State College Florida Gateway College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Gulf Coast State College Hodges University Indian River State College Johnson & Wales University - North Miami Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Lake-Sumter State College Miami Dade College Northwest Florida State College Palm Beach State College Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Polk State College Remington College - Heathrow Campus Remington College - Tampa Campus Santa Fe College Seminole State College of Florida South Florida State College St Petersburg College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota Valencia College Webber International University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


This is a 2-year pilot of an institutional transformation program. The pilot will prepare 6 full-time STEM faculty and 10 part-time adjunct STEM instructors to shift to evidence-based teaching. The 6 faculty will redesign their courses during a 6-week summer professional development institute. The new innovative approaches to teaching science courses will be disseminated to
10 adjunct faculty, also through the use of summer workshops. A particular strength of the project is its unique theory of change that includes the part-time adjunct instructors as a central element of its transformation plan. This college already provides professional development opportunities to adjunct instructors through the Adjunct Faculty Institute. Because many community colleges depend significantly on part-time adjunct instructors, this model is important to develop and investigate. The participating faculty and instructors will be supported by learning assistants. The learning assistants will be drawn from former students who have already earned their degrees and are working as tutors at the Broward Academic Success Center. The work will be guided by an advisory committee that includes external experts.

The project will be assessed to determine the impact of the course redesign effort on student success and student learning. The project will also investigate how changes in student behaviors and attitudes are related to improved learning and grades and how those relationships vary with the type of undergraduate student.


TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. PEMCO HOSTS LEAN SUMMIT FOR US AIRLINES, AEROSPACE AND FLORIDA-BASED COMPANIES Aviation maintenance, cargo conversion and engineering company, PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO), hosted its 2nd Annual PEMCO LEAN Summit last week at its Tampa International Airport headquarters. The Summit was created for companies from various sectors to share their Lean journey, including experiences, triumphs, and failures. “We believe there is value in collaborating with different companies,” shared Ben Macre, PEMCO director of continuous improvement. “Every organization has something to share in their quest to operational excellence.” Lean, a term introduced by Toyota in the late 1980s, is a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing system. Though originally applied to manufacturing concepts, “Lean applies in every business and every process. It is not a tactic or a cost reduction program, but a way of thinking and acting for an entire organization,” according to the Lean Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit education, publishing, research, and conference organization. The PEMCO LEAN Summit is not a seminar, or training session, but the beginning of an ongoing opportunity to learn and improve together. The three-day program consisted of presentations, discussions and team building lead by attendees, with the goal of creating new ideas to apply towards their own Lean programs. “I thought it was the perfect blend of learning, networking and seeing LEAN practices up close,” said a program manager from a US-based LCC. He continued, “It was very evident from the presentations and interactions I had with others at the Summit that these concepts, when applied correctly, have amazing transformational results within companies across all industries.” The Summit included almost 30 Lean champions, coordinators, and implementers from companies in various stages of their Lean journey, many of which traveled across the US to Tampa, Fla. to attend. Attendees included representatives of several US-based airlines, Broward College, Infospectrum, LAUNCH Avionics, The Mosaic Company, PSCU, Regent Aerospace, Stellar Industrial Supply, and University of South Florida professors and students. “I gained new ideas and tips on conducting successful kaizen events,” commented attendee and presenter Dr. Deborah Posner, associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “The LEAN Summit was excellent. It was well-organized, with a good variety of topics and perspectives on Lean implementation.” PSCU Senior Process Engineer Joshua Patterson stated, “Each Lean story provided a new look and approach to developing and deploying Lean methodologies in a wide range of cultures and industries.” Since introducing Lean manufacturing processes into PEMCO’s MRO operations in January of last year, the company has improved key metrics such as quality, efficiency, safety, and on-time performance. “Our Lean program has improved our overall operations and I wanted to share our story with partners and colleagues,” said PEMCO CEO Pastor Lopez. “PEMCO continues to lead the way that Lean is applied to the aviation maintenance industry. We hope the openness and transparency of the Summit encouraged everyone that attended.” PEMCO will host its 3rd Annual PEMCO LEAN Summit next year with plans for expansion. If you’d like to learn more or attend, contact Ben Macre: ben.macre@pemcoair.com. PEMCO World Air Services, an Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) company, serves customers from airlines to private operators. Having developed over 70 STCs and modified over 350 aircraft and with conversion partnerships in China, Costa Rica and Canada, PEMCO’s cargo conversion program is the global leader in narrow-body passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions. PEMCO and AMES, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATSG), offer 340,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Tampa, Fla. and 315,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Wilmington, Ohio, combined to provide a range of services to the aviation sector including heavy maintenance, line maintenance, cargo conversions, engineering services, material sales and manufacturing. Combining the maintenance experience as an Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services company with industry-leading conversion capacity, PEMCO World Air Services is a leading provider of services for Boeing and Airbus fleets. For more information, please visit PEMCOAIR.com or AIRBORNEMX.com.


News Article | November 14, 2016
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Thermal Concepts is pleased to announce that it earned three awards at the 2016 Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter’s Excellence in Construction Awards banquet. The ceremony was held at the Broward County Convention Center in October, and was attended by hundreds of the most experienced and quality-focused commercial building contractors in South Florida. ABC’s annual Excellence in Construction Awards honor projects nominated by its members, and the work is judged by an independent panel of experts based on safety, scope, quality, innovation, environmental, and merit shop criteria. Thermal Concepts received an Eagle Award for its mechanical construction of Lupin Pharmaceuticals’ new R&D facility in Coral Springs, Florida; an Eagle Award for its mechanical construction of the gigantic multi-use Brickell City Centre project in Downtown Miami; and a Pyramid Award for its mechanical renovations at Broward College’s Central Campus Chiller Plant in Davie, Florida. “Thank you to the ABC for recognizing our work on multiple projects this year. And thank you to all of the employees at Thermal Concepts that do such a great job every day delivering the high level of quality work that our clients have come to know they can expect from us,” says Larry Maurer, President of Thermal Concepts Inc. About Thermal Concepts Inc.: Thermal Concepts is an HVAC, Refrigeration and Ductwork expert specializing in Commercial and Industrial properties in South Florida. The Company was founded in 1983 by Larry Maurer, and has extensive experience providing clients with a full-spectrum of mechanical capabilities for new construction, service and retro-fit projects. For more information and career opportunities at Thermal Concepts, visit http://www.thermalconcepts.com


The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Amy R. Coleman, RN, CLNC, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Amy R. Coleman is a Legal Nurse Consultant currently serving patients in Florida. Amy holds over 36 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially psychiatric and correctional nursing. Amy R. Coleman graduated with her initial Nursing Diploma in 1965 from Broward College. An advocate for continuing education, Amy earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing in 1976 from the University of Fort Lauderdale. Furthermore, Amy is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, and holds additional certification in CPR. For her excellence, Amy was honored with a Loyal Service Award. She attributes her success to being a caring person with a passion for helping others maintain good health. Learn more about Amy R. Coleman here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134707/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Nicki Grossman, former President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Broward County Commissioner, has joined the influence marketing and advertising team at ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations. Since 1995, Nicki Grossman acted as the president of the CVB heading up Broward County's convention and tourism marketing efforts. Mrs. Grossman was elected to the Hollywood, Florida Commission in 1978 and elected to the Broward County Commission in 1982. She served on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Travel and Tourism Advisory Council, American Coastal Coalition Board of Directors, and the Florida Commission on Tourism (where she was elected 2007-2008 Chair for VISIT FLORIDA). In 2007, Nicki was inducted into the VISIT FLORIDA Tourism Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was named to the Destination Management Association Hall of Fame and will be receiving a lifetime achievement award from North Star Publishing Group, the industry’s largest news association. Mrs. Grossman was named Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News. She was also named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Tourism by Travel Agent and named one of the Top 25 Marketing Minds by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Nicki E. Grossman was born and raised in Miami Beach. She is married to Circuit Court Judge Mel Grossman and is the mother of three daughters and "nana" to eight grandchildren. At ADEPT, Nicki joins a focused team who actively market, advertise and develop strategic communications for both public and private clients. Throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, ADEPT boasts over a dozen clients including real estate developers like the developers of the Broward Convention Center Hotel Expansion, Broward College, The City of Key West, The City of Fort Lauderdale, the Connect Miami Beach Light Rail Concessionaire Team and the country’s largest indoor entertainment venue Xtreme Action Park located in Fort Lauderdale. “I am very happy to join ADEPT’s boutique team of professionals and I hope to leverage my travel and tourism experience while adding value to their existing and future client base”, indicated Grossman. “I see a wonderful opportunity to support a growing Broward County small business”, concluded Grossman. About ADEPT Strategy & Public Relations: Founded in 2013 by Dana Pollitt and Julie Ruffolo, ADEPT focuses on providing strategy and public relations consulting services to public and private clients. With offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach and Key West, ADEPT provides strategic communications, advertising, business development services, public involvement, outreach, governmental affairs, stakeholder coordination, influence marketing and branding services. For more information, visit http://www.Adept.co, email ADEPT at Info(at)Adept(dot)co or contact 954-769-1533.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best schools with online programs in the state of Florida for 2017. A total of 45 schools received honors for their online education offerings, with University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida State University, University of South Florida-Main Campus, Jacksonville University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida Keys Community College earning top spots overall. More than a dozen unique data points were evaluated to determine each school’s score. “The schools on our Best Online Schools list for Florida all meet high standards of excellence for students who want to succeed outside of a brick-and-mortar classroom,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. Colleges and universities on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included. Qualifications include being institutionally accredited and holding public or private not-for-profit status. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria that includes the student/teacher ratio, graduation rate, employment services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Florida’s Best Online Schools for 2017 include the following: Adventist University of Health Sciences Ave Maria University Barry University Bethune-Cookman University Broward College City College-Fort Lauderdale Daytona State College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Everglades University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Keys Community College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Florida State University Hobe Sound Bible College Hodges University Indian River State College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University-North Miami Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale Lynn University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Saint Leo University South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary Southeastern University St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota Stetson University Tallahassee Community College The Baptist College of Florida The University of West Florida Trinity College of Florida University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida-Main Campus Warner University Webber International University ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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On Thursday, January 19, Broward College celebrated the opening of its new Aviation Annex, a 13,500 square foot facility, which houses four classrooms, faculty offices, and shop space at North Perry Airport. The launch of a new partnership with Tropic Ocean Airways was announced during the event. By joining forces with the airline company, students and graduates will be provided with a vast amount of job opportunities within the aviation industry. “Within the last two years, our Aviation Institute has grown into a comprehensive program which offers students support from their first class to their first day on the job,” President J. David Armstrong, Jr. said. “The sky is the limit for what students can achieve, and the newly opened Annex and agreement with Tropic Ocean Airways are the latest exciting developments which will further create a well-educated and highly skilled workforce.” The College marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of Pembroke Pines City Commission and other supporters of the institution. Guests toured the new classrooms and workshops, and posed in front of the Cessna Grand Caravan flown into the event by Tropic Ocean Airways. “We are excited to offer students the opportunity to take advantage of our partnership with Broward College, serving as a stepping stone to launching their career in aviation,” said Rob Ceravolo, Tropic Ocean Airways CEO. “By extending the benefits of our partnership with Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines, students will have a clear path towards establishing themselves as well-trained aviation professionals.” During his remarks, Ceravolo introduced three graduates of the Aviation Institute who were recently hired by the company. Audrey M. Wiggins serves as the airlines operations-dispatch supervisor, Gabriel Vasquez has recently joined Tropics Maintenance Team, and Jimmy Davis is one of their seaplane captains. Tropic Ocean Airways solidified its relationship with the Aviation institute in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The two-year, non-binding agreement opens the door for potential job openings for Broward College graduates as future pilots, mechanics or as members of operations personnel. Other opportunities will include the creation of an internship program and corporate training plans, as well as future recruiting, career center involvement and curriculum development. “These initiatives are important in strengthening the connection between business and industry with education,” Russell McCaffery, Dean of Transportation Programs, Aviation Operations said. “We are grateful to have supporters like Tropic Ocean Airways, along with the addition of such a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. We’ve had a regular waitlist of 150 students over the years for our Aviation Maintenance Management program so this expansion was much needed.” According to data acquired by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the aviation industry is a multibillion-dollar sector in Broward County. In recent decades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has grown into a major transportation complex that now provides more than 139,000 direct and indirect jobs and boasts an economic impact of more than $13.2 billion, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics data reported the median annual wage for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians to be around $58,390. Graduates from Broward College aviation programs have filled these high-wage, in-demand positions in South Florida for the more than 50 years. Established in 1966, the Broward College Aviation Institute is the only public facility in Broward County dedicated to the training of aviation professionals. The Institute currently offers Associate in Science degrees in aviation administration with four areas of specializations, as well professional pilot technology and aviation maintenance management. It also has certificate programs in airport management, avionics vocational, airport airframe mechanics, aircraft power plant mechanical and commercial flight operations. In 2016, the Institute marked another milestone when the Florida State Board of Education approved a new Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences. The Broward College Aviation Institute is located on South Campus at 7200 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines, adjacent to North Perry Airport. Tours and information sessions are hosted Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, visit http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/aviation. About Tropic Ocean Airways: Tropic Ocean Airways is the Eastern United States leading seaplane travel company that offers private charter, scheduled service and cargo services throughout South Florida, the Florida Keys, Bahamas and beyond. The FAA certified air-carrier was founded by Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. Since inception, the safety measures have awarded Tropic, the ARGUS gold rating for safety, a perfect record of zero FAA violations and a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. The premier company has its own in-house maintenance team and facility, along with pilots who bring over 100+ years of combined flying experience in harsh and tropical weather conditions, who work together to deliver the highest level of first-class customer service during each flight. The factory-new seaplane and wheeled caravan aircraft can perform water-based, or runway landings and departures, making Tropic the ideal choice for travel. For more information, contact Alina Gavrushenko, Director of Marketing at 800.767.0897, extension 122, or via email at ashenko(at)flytropic(dot)com visit us: http://www.flytropic.com About Broward College: Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit http://www.broward.edu.

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