EFSC Aerospace program

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recognized Eastern Florida State College's apprenticeship programs and signed workforce development bills at the college in 2019.

BREVARD COUNTY — In an age where space exploration is booming, it is once again an exciting time to be a college student in Brevard County.

With a growing demand for graduates in a technological field, local businesses with a leg in the space industry are hiring more and more students, right here in the county.

Eastern Florida State College will host an information session to highlight its Aerospace Technology Program from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at its Cocoa Campus in Building 14, Room 129, 1519 Clearlake Road.

According to a press release, Aerospace Technology Program graduates earn an Associate in Science Degree and graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the aerospace and aeronautics industry.

“NASA and the commercial space companies at Kennedy Space Center are launching the next generation of human space flight,” said John Glisch, associate vice president, communications at EFSC.

“This year, NASA expects to start launching astronaut crews again from the cape to the International Space Station for the first time since the shuttle program ended in 2011,” he added.

Founded in 1960, EFSC played a critical role in training workers for NASA as the ‘Space Race’ kicked off a countrywide dream to travel to the moon. From the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects to the shuttle program, EFSC students have found themselves involved with these historic moments.

“This is a generational opportunity for students here in Brevard County and at Eastern Florida State College,” Mr. Glisch said. “It’s a unique time to be a student, and a unique opportunity for students to get the education and training they need to become part of the great adventure that is space exploration.”

Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, OneWeb, Blue Origin and United Space Alliance are just some of the major companies in the process of hiring workers and graduates, Mr. Glisch said.

Graduates of the Aerospace Technology Program, for example, will be able to qualify for applied technology jobs such as testing, fabrication, assembly, repair and manufacturing.

EFSC has an apprenticeship program with companies such as Lockheed Martin and OneWeb, and students often find themselves in a full-time position by the time they graduate, according to Mr. Glisch.

He added that Lockheed Martin, which is building the Orion spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center, has hired 34 of the 36 students participating in the apprenticeship with EFSC.

“These companies are growing and they have a very strong demand for highly skilled employees, which makes our programs essential for them to get those people in their ranks to work on human space craft, new rockets, new satellites, and really just a wide range of other space technologies,” Mr. Glisch said.

Last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis visited the college to sign some bills on workforce development. Governor DeSantis commended the school on its apprenticeship and aerospace programs, even claiming it as a model for the state of Florida, according to Mr. Glisch.

For more information about the Aerospace information sessions, contact Philip Sweeney at sweeneyp@easternflorida.edu or (321) 433-5771.

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