Students attending any of the dozen-plus colleges in Orlando can enjoy pleasant, balmy weather, museums, historical sites, amusement parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. The extensive public transit system, bike lanes and trails make it easy to get around town. Tourism drives the local economy, with seasonal jobs typically available to students in Orlando colleges.
Orlando high school students can get a jump start on their future college education through initiatives such as Orange County's Career and Technical Education Program and Academic Dual Enrollment programs. These options allow students to earn college credits and/or an associate degree while still in high school.
There are many career and vocational colleges in Orlando. Here's an example of the range of programs available.
Florida Technical College-Orlando, founded in 1982, aims to keeps its programs aligned with the rapidly changing fields for which it prepares students, most notably web design, network administration and programming.
AdventHealth University gives students practical experience at Florida Hospital, one of the world's largest medical facilities. They also offer online RN-BSN and radiologic sciences programs.
Florida Institute of Recording Sound and Technology has programs in recording arts, film and video production, and web and graphic design. Students can build their skills by working with digital technology and production equipment.
Unique among universities in Orlando, the University of Central Florida's college of hospitality management is set in Orlando's "hospitality corridor" next to Disney World, restaurants and convention facilities. Students are immersed in the tourist trade.
Valencia College has three campuses in Orlando: one is home to the performing arts center and dance, music and film programs; another focuses on architecture, math, engineering and health sciences — and features LEED-certified green buildings.
Florida College of Integrative Medicine blends the teachings of Oriental Medicine with Western medical sciences to prepare students to practice traditional Chinese medicine in modern society.
Several universities in Orlando offer advanced degree programs. Among the popular graduate programs at the University of Central Florida are business, education administration, social work, and medicine.
Florida College of Integrative Medicine students can earn a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine, qualifying them to take a national board exam, and apply for state licensure as an Acupuncture Physician.
You can learn more about higher education options by visiting the Florida colleges page.