We are the members of the Florida Tech Parents Council; our children are current students or recent graduates of Florida Tech, and through our experience with the school, we have volunteered to support its mission. As advisors to President Dwayne McCay and his leadership team, we have seen the unique qualities that have enriched our children, personally, academically and professionally.
In light of current events, you may be thinking about how college this Fall will be different and how your student will be kept safe on campus. We believe that Florida Tech is very well positioned to provide both a safe environment and the highest quality education for its students. We feel that this is the right place for our children, and for yours.
Students select Florida Tech for many individual reasons, but we focus on several differentiating features we think are some of the most important.
We are a small university, with an undergraduate enrollment of about 3,300. We have seen how our students develop close relationships with their classmates and their professors. Smaller classes emphasize participatory learning and direct access to instructors who can engage each student on an individual level. And yet, Florida Tech attracts students and faculty from across the country and around the world, ensuring the highest diversity of input, perspectives, and experience.
Florida Tech’s size also contributes to a more cohesive community; students walking across campus see the familiar faces of friends, faculty, and staff. For young adults learning to navigate the complexities of life that sense of community ensures that they don’t feel lost in the crowd, and provides a higher degree of safety that comes from the knowledge that people are looking out for one another.
While many universities try to be all things to all people, Florida Tech’s Focus helps students identify that “this is the place for me”. By dedicating its efforts to the sciences, engineering and aeronautics/aviation, along with a nationally-regarded business program, and a College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, Florida Tech ensures that its students know that their interests and ambitions are at the core of the university’s mission. Furthermore, teaching is always at the forefront. Faculty are there first and foremost to educate our students.
Finally, Florida Tech emphasizes a hands-on real-world experience. When our students graduate, they are among the most job-ready of any graduates in the country. They gain the skills and confidence needed to succeed. Our senior design projects are always among the top in state-wide competitions and students get real-world experience with national technology companies. Students in the business school have access to one of the nation’s best small business associations in weVenture. Students in the aeronautics get the most and highest quality flight time. And students in the College of Psychology get hands-on experience working, for example, with children and families facing Autism.
We believe that the features described above will continue no matter what adaptations and adjustments must be made. Below are some of the reasons we feel confident that Florida Tech will continue to be the right place through the Fall-Spring 2020-21.
A parent’s greatest concern when raising a college-aged child is whether he or she will be prepared to face the world’s threats and dangers when they’re not under our direct supervision. We feel confident that our children are in a safe, supportive environment at Florida Tech; a place where they can learn and grow in spite of, and because of, the challenges we all face in the world today.
We hope we’ve helped answer some of your questions and allay some of your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact us through Donna Cassario, firstname.lastname@example.org our Florida Tech liaison, if we can be of further help.
The Florida Tech Parent Leadership Council 2020-21