The mission of the First Coast Technical College is 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:
(1) The Business Community comes to us for assistance—First Thought, First Call.
(2) Every student receives a degree, credential or certificate to position them for success in their career.
(3) First Coast Technical College is the school of choice.
First Coast Technical College began as the St. Augustine Technical Center in 1965 when the St. Johns County School Board began gathering data to be submitted to the Florida Department of Education requesting that an area vocational-technical center be established in St. Augustine to 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 first site of St. Johns County’s first vocational program which was Practical Nursing. This program graduated its first class in 1968. 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 does the school. Therefore, First Coast Technical Institute officially became First Coast Technical College in 2007. The college is sponsored by the St. Johns County School District and governed by a board of directors made up of members of business and industry from St. Johns, Clay and Putnam counties.