To provide career, technical, and adult education to meet the changing needs of students, businesses, and the workforce.
The vision of the First Coast Technical College is:
- The Business Community comes to us for assistance—First Thought, First Call.
- Every student receives a degree, credential or certificate to position them for success in their career.
- First Coast Technical College is the school of choice.
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The First Coast Technical College we know today has gone through several stages of growth, development and change since it was first authorized in 1965 as the St. Augustine Technical Center.
The vision of the St. Johns County School Board and the Florida Department of Education was to establish an area vocational-technical center in St. Augustine which would serve the tri-county area of Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties. In 1967, the centers first director was named and preliminary planning for the construction of a modern facility was undertaken.
Flagler Hospital was the site of St. Johns County’s first vocational program which was Practical Nursing. This program graduated its first class in 1968. From that beginning the St. Augustine Technical Center added programs and served students until in 1999, the St. Augustine Technical Center became Florida’s first post-secondary charter school, changing its name to First Coast Technical Institute.
As the needs of the students and community change, so also did the school. In 2007 First Coast Technical Institute officially became First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and operated as a charter school under the authority of Florida Statutes 1002.33 and 1002.34, with the St. Johns County School District as the Charter Sponsor, but with a governing board of directors made up of members from St. Johns, Clay and Putnam Counties.
That chapter of the school’s history ended on June 30, 2016 when the charter was terminated and the FCTC Board closed the school. On July 1, 2016, the St. Johns County School District began operation of FCTC as a St. Johns County School, which in many ways returned the school to the original vision of a highly successful District operated vocational center.