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Valencia College to take over Colt’s failed manufacturing site


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Valencia College today approved leasing this 16,500-square foot facility originally slated for use by Colt Manufacturing.
Now the facility will be the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. This is what a welding training area would look like.

Students will be able to get an associated in manufacturing engineering technology, as well as technical certificates.

Some of the technical certifications will be for Computer Numerical Control, or CNC.
The state of Florida spent $750,000 to outfit the facility for Colt Manufacturing.
Colt was promising $2.5 million in capital investments, and 63 high-wage jobs.
Osceola County earlier this year terminated the lease.
It doesn't look like much from the outside.
But soon there will be a Valencia sign out front, not a Colt Manufacturing one.

Valencia College today approved an advanced manufacturing laboratory in Osceola County. It takes over a site originally built for Colt Manufacturing.

Florida spent $750,000 renovating the Osceola County building, to make way for Colt Manufacturing’s $2.5 million investment and 63 high-wage jobs. But Colt never came.

“Meanwhile a facility had been completely outfitted as a wonderful manufacturing technology center,” Valencia College President Sandy Shugart said. “We’re able to take it as-is and turn it into something that grows manufacturing in the community despite Colt’s decision not to come.”

With the help of a $2.5 million federal grant and partners like Lockheed Martin, the facility will become the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. Students will be able to get an associated in manufacturing engineering technology, as well as technical certificates.

The new facility will be open for the fall semester. Valencia will target veterans, women, minorities and workers who need to be retrained.

“We have deep relationships with a number of employers now who are very dependent on producing a high quality first world workforce in manufacturing, and we’ll be their supplier,” Shugart said.

Students will be able to get an associated in manufacturing engineering technology, as well as technical certificates.
The new facility will be open for the fall semester.

“We have deep relationships with a number of employers now who are very dependent on producing a high quality first world workforce in manufacturing, and we’ll be their supplier,” Shugart said.


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