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NWFSC Launches New Workforce Programs

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is pleased to introduce three new workforce programs designed to meet both regional and state demands. Starting this fall, we will be enrolling students in Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, and a cutting-edge Information Technology program with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence (AI). These programs have been developed in direct response to the needs of our industry partners
"We are thrilled to lead in workforce education and training across Northwest Florida," stated Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Northwest Florida State College. "These programs offer a swift pathway to high-paying, skilled careers. I am immensely proud of our faculty for their innovation and their willingness to think entrepreneurially to make this possible."
The two health science programs serve as gateways into medical and nursing professions, providing graduates not only with a completion certificate from Northwest Florida State College but also with multiple industry certifications. Starting salaries for the Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant programs average approximately $45,000 annually. In the region, there are nearly 1,000 job openings for Nursing Assistants, with an expected growth rate of 9.9% by 2030.
The new Artificial Intelligence (AI) certificate program addresses the growing need for professionals skilled in information technology (IT) and cybersecurity, as well as for those in non-IT fields increasingly influenced by AI. Developed through a collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, the University of Florida, and local school districts, the program enables students to learn about foundational AI applications and to consider the ethical implications of their design and use.
"Students can not only expect an immediate job offer upon completion of these programs, but if they wish to pursue a degree, these certificates serve as an excellent starting point for even higher wage potential," said Dr. Henry Mack, Vice President of Academic Affairs. "While a university degree continues to hold great value, we recognize that these workforce programs are equally competitive and, in some cases, offer a higher return on investment for students."
Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) stands as the foremost educational institution in the region. It boasts two campuses, five education centers, and a range of online and dual enrollment options. Guided by a vision to transform lives through exemplary, relevant programs and educational experiences, NWFSC is dedicated to meeting the workforce demands of our ever-changing economy.
Both state and federal financial aid are available for students who are interested in these programs. The College is now accepting applications.

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