Lively Technical Center is a public institution for both adults as well as high school students that offers advanced technical and vocational training aimed at meeting the changing demands of today’s domestic workforce. The school traces its roots all the way back to 1937 when it opened with merely two teachers as a vocational school, whereas now its enrollment levels reach well into the thousands. The school is located in Tallahassee, Florida and is principally intended to serve the local counties of Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon though it draws students from all across northern Florida and in some cases from farther afield.
It is a school with three separate campuses, one main campus and two smaller facilities at the Tallahassee Regional Airport and the Leon Detention Center. In the school’s own words, its mission is to help educate “today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.”
Lively Technical Center is principally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education’s Accrediting Commission, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Furthermore, the school’s many varied programs (which extend up to the level of the associate degree) receive accreditation from the following bodies, among others: the Florida Board of Cosmetology, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Florida State Board of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the Educational Standards Corporation.
Lively Technical Center is notable for the vast offering of programs, which is considerably broader than is the case with institutions of a similar size and nature. A total of over 50 different programs are available, among which the most popular (by number of degrees/diplomas conferred) are Real Estate and Construction Management, Nursing and Emergency Medicine, Medical Support and Technology, Beauty and Cosmetology, and Mechanics and Repair.
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Lively Technical Center is an institution which enrolls both adults as well as high school students, and the admission requirements are different depending on which category the applicant falls under.
Adult applicants must prove that they possess the sufficient level to advance in the technical or vocational program that they’re interested in. This is primarily done through the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), though in certain cases Lively Technical Center will accept other means for demonstrating proficiency. These include possession of an associate degree and successful completion of or exemption from the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST). Students who do not pass the TABE are given the chance to repeat it though in a more extensive version. Following such testing, successful adult applicants will have a meeting with an employee on the Student Services Staff, take an orientation class and proceed to registration.
High school applicants may enroll with Lively Technical Center as part of the dual-enrollment plan, under which they study part time at the Lively Technical Center campus in a workforce education program and part time at their home school. Not any high school applicant will be accepted, but rather the student must demonstrate good attendance levels, a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and furthermore take the TABE.
Financial Aid is available for students at Lively Technical Center: the school has an agreement with the US Department of Education to provide qualified students with Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants. A limited array of scholarships is furthermore available. Lastly, the school participates in the locally based Workforce Plus program which offers various worker training options and limited financial assistance in the form of child care and transportation assistance, as well as helping place students in well-paying jobs.
The student body at Lively Technical Center is quite varied, mixing very young students with others that have gained considerable life experience out in the real world, bringing a dynamic mix that enhances the educational level of the programs offered. The school usually has enrollment rates of approximately one thousand students with mild fluctuations from one year to another; of these, approximately half are full time students. Most are engaged in programs lasting less than 2 years, with the majority in one year or less programs.
About a third of the student body is under age (representing the high school student contingent), and among the adult students the 20-30 age group is the most represented. Almost all are Florida residents. Finally, there is no on-campus housing available at Lively Technical Center.