Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jake Prokop Appointed as Director of the Pinellas Technical College

Congratulations to Jake Prokop. He was appointed as Director of the Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus, and began serving in this capacity on July 1, 2016.

The college has a full-time instructional of 44 and over 90 part-time instructors.  The administrative team consists of the director and two assistant directors at each campus.  PTC provides a variety of technical training, certificate programs, with over 60 programs in over 40 career fields across both campuses, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.

Some of the programs at the Clearwater campus include: Automotive Service, Welding, Marine Service, Nursing, Administrative Assisting, Machining, Early Child Care, Computer Repair, Network Support Services, Electricity, HVAC, Cosmetology, Commercial Foods, and others. To ensure student success, the college also provides ancillary services such as a testing center, adult basic education, and industry services division (customized training and short courses).  In addition, the college has a full service Student Services Center, which provides financial aid and counseling services.

The Clearwater campus has over 1000 students enrolled in full-time, part-time, traditional (face to face), online, and hybrid delivery programs.  The college also provides multiple registered apprenticeship programs.  Since 1964 the Clearwater campus has been an icon in Pinellas County for technical training.  Today, PTC continues this tradition by focusing on the college's vision of being the community’s number one choice for technical training.

Jake Prokop is a doctoral candidate in career and workforce education at USF. He is currently working on his dissertation research seeking to determine whether participation in engineering career academies in middle school makes a difference on academic performance compared to participation on academic tracks.

Kudos on the appointment as Director of the Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus!