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Workforce Development Programs

Expert Training for our Community’s Active Workforce

Industry Training & Consulting

Our Professional and Workforce Training department specializes in training and advising to meet the needs for businesses, industries, and individuals. Training includes a myriad of courses and workshops in areas such as management, accounting and finance, manufacturing, hospitality, electronics, computers, quality, and technology. Please contact the department for current training options.

Our staff works closely with business and industry partners in conducting needs assessments and developing industry-specific curriculum that include support such as:

  • On-site Training
  • On-campus Training
  • Customized Training specific to your needs
  • Experienced Facilitators
  • Credit and Non-credit Training Programs
  • Industry Credentials
  • Strategy Development
  • Workforce & Workplace Planning

Grant Opportunities are available to assist businesses and individuals with funding their training.

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Registered Apprenticeships

Not all learning fits into a traditional academic model and at Northwest Florida State College, we are committed to helping our community and businesses attract and retain a talented, vibrant, and skilled workforce. A registered apprenticeship program blends classroom instruction and On-the-Job learning to provide businesses with a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

  • Nationally recognized programs
  • Earn and learn model for newly hired or existing employees
  • Provides on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction
  • Over 1,000 available occupations
  • Typical programs range from one year to six years to complete
  • Can include academic credit courses, non-credit courses, and industry credentials

The Professional & Workforce Training team at NWF State College has experience helping companies design training plans and develop apprenticeship models that work for them. These apprenticeship programs are completely customizable for each company.

Apprenticeship occupations include Carpentry, Plumbing, Machining, Hospitality and more to come.

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Online Certification Training

In today’s competitive professional climate, earning certifications and continuing education units is key to building and maintaining your reputation as a trusted industry leader. Most training programs offered in-class and online.

Some of our Certification Courses include:

  • PMP Certification Exam Prep
  • CompTIA Security+, Network +, Linux+, and A+ (Test Vouchers included)
  • Microsoft Office Certifications
  • Microsoft Product Training
  • Cisco CCNA prep
  • High School Diploma with Industry Training included
  • Many More

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American Heart Association Training Center

Northwest Florida State College offers the following classes in partnership with the American Heart Association.
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AHA Fall 2020 Schedule

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Heartsaver, Adult (First Aid, CPR & AED)

Course Fee: $50

The Heartsaver Course teaches the basic techniques of Adult First Aid, CPR, AED use.  Students also learn to use barrier devices in CPR and give first aid for choking for responsive adult victims. Responders like security personnel, teachers, parents, lifeguards, airline personnel, corporate employees, family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death, other rescuers, and those who need or want to learn CPR and how to operate an AED. Age Requirement: 16 and above. Students are required to purchase Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook, 2016. Students will receive an American Heart Association course completion card. Course completion cards are valid for two years through the end of the month during which the course completion card was issued.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider

Course Fee: $55

The BLS Healthcare Providers Course teaches the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an AED on adults and children, and relief of a FBAO in responsive and non-responsive victims. The course is designed for healthcare providers who care for patients in a wide variety of settings, both in and out of the hospital.

Pediatric Life Support (PALS) – Initial

Course Fee: $150

This two-day course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency respiratory management or cardiac arrest. The PALS course is for healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies. Recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest utilizing a systematic approach to pediatric assessment is the focus of this course.

Pediatric Life Support (PALS) – Refresher

Course Fee: $85

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support-(PALS) Provider Refresher course is for current PALS providers who wish to renew their provider status. This course provides a refresher on the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest. To take this course, you must have completed the PALS Initial course, and possess a current BLS card.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Initial

Course Fee: Initial Course $150 / Refresher Course $85

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

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Leadership Initiatives @ the Costa Leadership Institute

Northwest Florida State College offers professional and leadership education opportunities at the Costa Leadership Institute, a world-class training location on the Niceville Campus. This location provides a flexible and technologically advanced learning environment that is safe, healthy, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and accessible.

Below are some of the Leadership Initiatives held at the Costa Leadership Institute.

President’s Leadership Academy

The President’s Leadership Academy of Northwest Florida State College is an intensive internal leadership development program designed to provide professional and personal development for Northwest Florida State College personnel. The Academy will enable participants to deepen their understanding of higher education topics at the national, state, and local level. Participants will engage with peers to discuss challenges and propose solutions grounded in research and best practices. Throughout the Academy, internal and external speakers will highlight leadership skills essential for career advancement in higher education.

A cohort of Northwest Florida State College employees will be selected annually to actively participate in the 9-month program. Participants will be selected through an application process that will be open to personnel from all divisions and departments of the College. The President will appoint members of the selection committee.

Support for the President’s Leadership Academy is provided in-part by the following endowments: Charles K. and   Eileen H. Arpke; Carr, Riggs, and Ingram; Allyn C. Donaldson, Jr.; Goetsch Gallery; and Janet Nadel Morell.

Leadership Okaloosa

This nine-month experience is designed to enhance the participant’s leadership skills and provide community awareness. Hosted from September to May, participants receive classroom training by certified instructors and are given opportunities to interact with various key community leaders throughout the process.

Tours of key areas such as Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Legislative Days in Tallahassee provide participants with a better understanding of the community. Each participant takes part in a group project to benefit the community while focusing on project management, time management and team building skills.

2020-2021 Leadership Okaloosa Application Form

Community Leadership Development

Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of free courses intended to enhance the leadership capabilities of our local business talent. The skills obtained in these courses are designed to bolster workplace synergy and provide a positive impact on our local economy.

Instructors chosen to teach Community Leadership Development courses are renowned authors, leaders in military and civilian government, and business and community influencers. Their expertise combined with specialized, personal training, provides a unique environment in which participants thrive.

The free courses (noted below) are offered at the Costa Leadership Institute, located on the 3rd floor of building 400 on the Niceville campus.

Support for these training events is provided in-part by the Costa Leadership Institute Endowment.

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For more information, please contact our team at or (850) 729-4995.