The mission of the Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT) is to develop a well-trained workforce in the construction industry. This will be accomplished by improving the image of construction careers and by sponsoring a youth/pre-apprenticeship program in Orange, Osceola and Seminole schools.
The Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT) was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit tax-exempt organization. The ACT office is located at Mid Florida Technical School in Orlando, Florida. ACT is a partnership of the Central Florida construction industry contractors and trade associations representing both union and non-union trade associations. ACT works closely with Orange, Osceola, and Seminole school districts to promote constructions as a career, but also to furnish students with the opportunity to develop lifelong rewarding skills.
ACT works closely with Orange, Osceola, and Seminole schools to utilize curricula developed by industry professionals. Students are trained in their junior and senior years within their chosen trades of Carpentry; Automatic Fire Sprinkler; Electrical; Heating, Ventilations & Air Conditioning (HVAC); Masonry; and Plumbing/Pipefitting.
The ACT Program goal is to deliver students to graduation with a bright future in construction careers that began in high school. Beginning in their junior year and continuing through their senior year, these students learn the basic trade skills and safety practices needed to work on-site. Students are placed with a participating employer who sponsors them in the program.
Paid On-the-Job-Training (OJT) full-time employment begins during the summer between their junior and senior year. When students return for their senior year, part-time employment may be available. After graduation, the student will continue into the second year of the adult apprenticeship program while working full-time for their sponsoring employer. The employer will continue sponsoring the student's tuition through the program as long as the student continues to work for the employer. This is a win-win situation for the students, parents and the employer.
This On-the-Job-Training (OJT) qualifies as hours worked towards earning a journeyman certificate. Not only will students receive high school elective credits and adult apprenticeship training credits for their OJT; they can also earn college credit. Students begin their first year apprenticeship at wages commensurate with their respective career area.
SPENCER D. CLARK-
The scholarship was originally established in May 1998 to recognize outstanding ACT students that are completing the ACT program and graduating from high school. The scholarship award is restricted for post-secondary educational programs that are construction related. The scholarship is limited to one candidate for each county of Orange, Osceola and Seminole.
In October 2000, the scholarship was named in memory of Spencer D. Clark. Clark was named the scholarship recipient in May 1999, an Edgewater High School student from Orange County. He was especially interested and dedicated to the construction industry and had completed the ACT program. His post secondary education continued in construction and he worked full time in the industry pursuing his lifelong career.
Spencer D. Clark exemplified the qualities of an outstanding young man, a student, and an employee in the industry for which he cared. He selected his education and career path to follow a devoted interest and love.
ECF APPRENTICESHIP INCENTIVE INITIATIVE-
The Electrical Council of Florida is spear heading this initiative to promote electrical pre-apprenticeship and the apprenticeship in Central Florida. This initiative would provide incentives that would encourage students to enroll in ACT for pre-apprenticeship training while in high school and to continue their apprenticeship education and training in the FEAT program after graduation.