Florida Panhandle Technical College looking to the future

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida Panhandle Technical College in downtown Chipley offers several skilled job certifications.

"We have welding. We have public safety with corrections and law enforcement," Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor said. "We have an LPN program, nursing, hematology, CNA. We have those programs. We also have some of the secretarial programs that we offer that's also out there."

School district officials are looking to the future, but right now they're focused on the status of existing facilities.

"The storm was not nice to us," Taylor said. "We did not have major super damage out there, but at the same time when you're dealing with 50-year-old buildings, 55-year-old buildings, we have got to address that."

Superintendent Taylor said they want to make sure Florida Panhandle Technical College is serving the community.

While nothing is set in stone, officials are looking at new programs, as well as expanding current offerings like welding, drafting, 3D printing, and the drone program.

Officials say their goal is to make Florida Panhandle Technical College irresistible to the community, as well as to high school students who can take certification classes by dual enrolling.