Created on August 23, 2018
Thanks to a new partnership between Northwest Florida State College, Hsu Educational Foundation and Crestview Technology Park LLC, residents of Okaloosa and Walton counties now will have a smoother pathway to high-wage careers in aircraft maintenance, industrial maintenance, robotics and logistics through the Advanced Technology Center of Excellence.
This new partnership was announced Thursday by NWF State President Devin Stephenson, Hsu Educational Foundation founder and Crestview Technology Park owner Paul S. Hsu, and Amanda Negron, executive director of the Hsu Educational Foundation. A memorandum of intent was signed during a brief ceremony as a part of TeCMEN Industry Day, hosted by the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County.
“This partnership is significant because of the impact it will have on area students by opening channels for learning new technologies while serving as a foundation for development of future partnerships,” Stephenson said.
CTAP is making an in-kind donation to NWF State by not charging rent for the first five years of the partnership on 53,272 square feet of two metal buildings that will become the Advanced Technology Center of Excellence.
“The Hsu Educational Foundation will work collaboratively with Northwest Florida State College to identify potential opportunities for K-12 students to connect with STEM applications matching with future workforce needs,” Hsu said.
CTAP is located in the Okaloosa County Enterprise Zone, which encompasses a 20-acre, privately-owned tract at the end of the 8,000-foot runway of Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview.