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About GTI

Training for Tomorrow’s Workforce

 

Looking for a new start?  Take a closer look at GTI!

Welcome to Gadsden Technical Institute, Quincy Florida's premier technical training center serving dual enrolled high school and adult students. 

Gadsden Technical Institute (GTI) has been providing opportunities for the citizens of Gadsden County for over 40 years.  Whether you need a high school diploma (GED), a career, or you’re wanting to change careers, GTI is there to assist you.

GTI offers nationally certified post secondary adult vocational (PSAV) certificate programs that are designed to prepare students to meet the needs of an ever changing and fast-paced economy.  Students from ages 16 and above are eligible to enroll in both Career, Technical and Adult Education Programs.

Make the call today to begin training for your future. 

You pick your trade area and the program length!

Career and Technical Programs

Career and technical programs are offered fives days a week.

Applied Welding                        Automotive Technology                    Patient Care Tech.

Barbering &Cosmetology            Gasoline & Small Engine                  Business Technology

Nail Technology                        Facial Specialities                            Carpentry

Patient Care Technology            Licensed Practical Nursing

                             

Adult Education Programs

Adult Education courses are offered five days a week at various locations around the District.  Night courses are also available at many of these locations. 

Current site locations include:  GTI, , ESOL Migrant Center          

Contact GTI for TABE and GED Test dates.  You may also view the on-line calendar for test dates

 

Enrollment for adult education courses are on-going.

 

Listing of Coordinated Programs and Services

Student Support Services

 

Gadsden Technical Institute strives to provide full service to existing and prospective students. The campus is concerned with the overall quality of student life.   The administration, faculty and staff support teaching, learning, research and service through:

  • Facilitating student academic, personal, civic and professional growth and development
  • Preparing students for leadership in a global, diverse and changing society
  • Visiting best practice sites to ensure continuous program and student growth
  • Providing articulated programs with local colleges and universities for a seamless transition

·         Cultivating a safe, caring environment

Student Services—Keys to Success

 


New Student Orientation

Students are provided an opportunity to hear about policies, rules and procedures in addition to program information.

Fall

Spring

Academic Advisement/Registration

Information provided on specific programs and services

Ongoing

Career Advisement

Interests inventories and personality traits are explored with relation to chosen  career paths.

Intake

Ongoing

Financial Aid (where applicable)

Financial assistance ( limited) to eligible applicants for tuitions, books, supplies, uniforms, etc.

Intake

Ongoing

Job Development and Placement

Opportunities with local businesses to provide additional training

Upon  

Completion

Career, Technical Student     Organizations (CTSOs)

Opportunities with school organizations.

(See clubs and organizations)

Ongoing

Internships/Clinicals

On campus opportunities in addition to local businesses and industry options.

Nearing

Program

Completion

Ready to Work Credentials    Program

Provides official credentials to students to best describe their ready to work status.

Ongoing

 

Annual Career and Job Expo

Local, regional, state, and national employers on hand for prospective job seekers.

Spring

Graduation and Awards     Exercises

(See Student Calendar for a listing of dates)

Fall

Spring

Vocational Preparatory      Instruction (VPI)

Remediation program for students in need of improved test scores

Ongoing

Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and GED Testing

On-Campus Assessment Center

Ongoing

 

Student Rights

 

Students have the right to address any issue felt to be detrimental to their success.   Students are encouraged to bring to the attention of an administrator or staff member any concerns or issues that involve academic or student life.

(Please see student handbook or any campus staff for proper procedures.)

Americans with Disabilities

If you have special needs and require special accommodations, please make this known to any member of our staff.

Multiculturalism

Gadsden Technical Institute envisions an inclusive, multicultural campus environment that welcomes and    actively supports diversity in the widest sense: race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, gender expression, social economic status, etc
 


History

 


 

Gadsden Technical Institute was originally established for part-time students in grades 10-12 who were interested in vocational studies.  The school became a comprehensive high school in 1995 and changed its name to Gadsden Technical Institute.

This name change reflected the school's renewed commitment to providing technical courses and training for high school and adult residents of Gadsden County.  It also serves to improve student academic achievement and performance on various assessments as prescribed by the state and school district.


Vision

 


 

The vision of the Gadsden Technical Institute is to provide students with a quality education and a marketable skill that will enable students to enter a postsecondary institution and /or the work force.


Mission

 


 

The Gadsden Technical Institute (GTI) serves the needs of students and the community.  You will be able to continue post secondary education and/or successfully be prepared to enter the job market.  Students will be able to raise his/her confidence level in current employment, advance within occupational fields or train for a different occupation.

The course of study will provide the students with comprehensive training by instilling self-discipline through enhanced counseling and guidance with emphasis on "real world" job experience.  The success of the Gadsden Technical Institute will be reflected by increased enrollment, student job placement and career opportunities.

 

Admission Procedures

ADULT EDUCATION ADMISSION

  APPLICANTS 18 YEARS OR OLDER MUST:

  • Be officially withdrawn from a traditional high school
  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form
  • Be assessed to attend class

  APPLICANTS 16 OR 17 MUST:

  • Be officially withdrawn from a traditional high school (ninth grade completer)
  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form
  • Be assessed to attend class

  GED TESTING REQUIREMENTSAPPLICANTS 18 YEARS OR OLDER MUST:

  •  Be officially withdrawn from a traditional high school (K-12 school system)
  •  Attend GED Testing Orientation/Registration in person at Gadsden Technical Institute
  •  Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID at Orientation/Registration
  •  Present Original Social Security card NOT A COPY at Orientation/Registration
  •  Pay a fee of $50.00 (cash, money order, cashier checks, credit card or debit card) to purchase your sear at a GED test session.

  ANY APPLICANT WHO IS 16 OR 17 YEARS OF AGE MUST ALSO:

  • Attend GED Preparatory classes at Gadsden Technical Institute
  • Receive verification of skill levels from the classroom instructor (Practice GED Test scores)
  • Be officially withdrawn from school for at least 60 days
  • Receive written approval (Early Testing Waiver)
  • Provide a copy of Practice GED scores of 480 or above to be attached to Early Testing Waiver

  

GED & CAREER EDUCATION ADMISSION

  APPLICANTS 18 YEARS OR OLDER MUST:

  • Be officially withdrawn from a traditional high school
  • Present an official transcript from last high school attended - local, out-of -district, out-of-state
  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form
  • Be assessed to attend Adult General Education classes - MANDATORY

  APPLICANTS 16 OR 17 MUST:

  • Be officially withdrawn from a traditional high school (ninth grade completer)
  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form
  • Be assessed to attend Adult General Education classes - MANDATORY

    

cAREER EDUCATION ADMISSISON - ONLY

  APPLICANTS 18 YEARS OR OLDER MUST:

  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Make payment to Bookkeeper - Cash, Credit Card or Voucher
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form

  APPLICANTS 16 OR 17 MUST:

  • Present a valid Florida driver's license or Florida ID
  • Attend New/Returning Student Orientation
  • Make Payment to Bookkeeper - Cash, Credit Card or Voucher
  • Take placement test (TABE)
  • Complete registration form

 

 

 


Transfer Policy

Students transferring from other institutions are encouraged to file their registration and supporting academic documents in the Student Services Department.  Transcripts are requested and clock hours of attendance, grades and skills are reviewed for award of credit, time and placement.  all transfers are considered on an individual basis when space is available and admission requirements are met.


Information for Parents & Guardians

School Rules of Supervision and Conduct

Information for Students:

Florida Laws: FL Statutes - Title XLVIII K-20 Education Code Section 1003.01 Definitions.

1003.31  Students subject to control of school.

(1)  Subject to law and rules of the State Board of Education and of the district school board, each student enrolled in a school shall:

(a)  During the time she or he is being transported to or from school at public expense;

(b)  During the time she or he is attending school;

(c)  During the time she or he is on the school premises participating with authorization in a school-sponsored activity; and

(d)  During a reasonable time before and after the student is on the premises for attendance at school or for authorized participation in a school-sponsored activity, and only when on the premises, be under the control and direction of the principal or teacher in charge of the school, and under the immediate control and direction of the teacher or other member of the instructional staff or of the bus driver to whom such responsibility may be assigned by the principal. However, the State Board of Education or the district school board may, by rules, subject each student to the control and direction of the principal or teacher in charge of the school during the time she or he is otherwise en route to or from school or is presumed by law to be attending school. Each district school board, each district school superintendent, and each school principal shall fully support the authority of teachers, according to s. 1003.32, and school bus drivers to remove disobedient, disrespectful, violent, abusive, uncontrollable, or disruptive students from the classroom and the school bus and, when appropriate and available, place such students in an alternative educational setting.

(2)  There is a rebuttable presumption that the term "reasonable time" means 30 minutes before or after the activity is scheduled or actually begins or ends, whichever period is longer. A school or district school board may, by policy or other formal action, assume a longer period of supervision. Casual or incidental contact between school district personnel and students on school property shall not result in a legal duty to supervise outside of the reasonable times set forth in this section, provided that parents shall be advised in writing twice per year or by posted signs of the school's formal supervisory responsibility and that parents should not rely on additional supervision. The duty of supervision shall not extend to anyone other than students attending school and students authorized to participate in school-sponsored activities.

(3)  Nothing shall prohibit a district school board from having the right to expel, or to take disciplinary action against, a student who is found to have committed an offense on school property at any time if:

(a)  The student is found to have committed a delinquent act which would be a felony if committed by an adult;

(b)  The student has had adjudication withheld for a delinquent act which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony; or

(c)  The student has been found guilty of a felony.

However, if the student is a student with a disability, the disciplinary action must comply with the procedures set forth in State Board of Education rule.

(4)  Each student enrolled in a school may be required to take the following school child's daily conduct pledge:

(a)  I will be respectful at all times and obedient unless asked to do wrong.

(b)  I will not hurt another person with my words or my acts, because it is wrong to hurt others.

(c)  I will tell the truth, because it is wrong to tell a lie.

(d)  I will not steal, because it is wrong to take someone else's property.

(e)  I will respect my body, and not take drugs.

(f)  I will show strength and courage, and not do something wrong, just because others are doing it.

(g)  I pledge to be nonviolent and to respect my teachers and fellow classmates.

(See basic rules governing Immediate/Emergency Withdrawal under Zero Tolerance.)

Information for Parents & Guardians

The following information is provided for parents and guardians of students attending Gadsden Technical Institute.  Clarification of any information in this section can be obtained by contacting a school administrator.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q.  Why am I required to present an ID upon entering the school?

A. State and District law requires that all persons entering a public school be properly identified to prevent persons who would otherwise unlawfully enter from doing so.  Additionally, the scan process helps to secure the school environment and safeguard the campus from sexual predators and others who commit crimes against minors.

Q: Will I be notified if my student is charged with violating the Rules of Conduct?

A: We may notify parents if their student has an alcohol violation or a drug violation (zero tolerance) as allowed by the amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (see below). This act governs the release of educational records. We encourage students to speak with their parents/guardians and believe that as adults, students should take responsibility for initiating the conversation. We also encourage students to sign releases that allow us to speak with parents about a situation, so that we can all work together to resolve it and help the student. In addition, you may be notified if there is an imminent risk to the student's health, safety, or welfare.

Q: What is my role in the school's student conduct process? How can I help my student?

A: You can help to guide the student through the process and be supportive while holding the student accountable to your expectations and the school. You can also help identify and provide necessary interventions, such as alcohol or drug evaluations, anger management, and others, so that your student can be successful at GTI. Allow and expect the student to set appointments, seek advisement, attend meetings, and fulfill sanctions. It is usually not helpful to the educational development of the student, or resolution of the matter, for you to take over the process from your student.

Q: Can I attend the student conduct meeting and/or hearing with my student?

A: The student may have an advisor present, who may be a parent/guardian. The role of the advisor is to support and advise the student but not to speak for or represent the student.  Any student under the age of 18 is required to have parent/guardian representation.  Such persons will be notified of meeting/hearing dates.

Q: How are sanctions decided?

A: Sanctions are determined by considering the following factors: nature of the violation, the student's role in the incident, the effect of the incident on others and on the student, the student's developmental and educational needs, and the student's prior disciplinary record. Mitigating and aggravating circumstances are considered.

Q: My student was placed on disciplinary probation? What does that mean?

A: Probation lasts for a specific period of time, and is usually implemented by semesters. It is a notice to the student that any violation of the Rules of Conduct or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period will subject the student to further action, with a likely result of suspension or expulsion. A HOLD is placed on the student's account for recording keeping purposes.

Q: Does the outcome go on my student's record?

A: If a student is suspended from the school, a notation will be permanently placed in the student's disciplinary file in both paper and electronic formats. If the student is expelled, a notation will also permanently remain.

A student's conduct case record will be maintained in the Main. The case record of a student who has been placed on Disciplinary Suspension or Expulsion will be permanently maintained as official records by the school and the District.

Q: Will a disciplinary record prevent my student from enrolling in school, employment, etc.?

A: A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude a student from further study, jobs, etc. That usually depends on the type or severity of misconduct in which a student is involved. A disciplinary record may lead an admissions office to more closely scrutinize the student's application. We will only release information about a student's disciplinary record to another school or potential employer as allowed by the state law policies (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), or with the permission of the student.

Q: Why is a particular rule or policy in place?

A: Policies are designed to support the school's educational mission, vision and goals. They are meant to support a safe environment where people can work, study, and live without undue interference. They are also designed to build and support the academic and social community, teach students responsibility and interdependence, as well as promote moral and ethical development.

Q: This incident happened off campus. Why is the school involved?

A: The school has an interest in maintaining a safe community and appropriate standards of conduct for its students. This includes both on-campus and off-campus behavior, which can have an impact on the school community and the school mission.

The criminal justice system and the Rules of Conduct are not mutually exclusive. By virtue of being a student, your student is held responsible for upholding the standards of behavior in the Code of Conduct of the School District and the Student Handbook of the school, as well as public laws. Additionally, in some situations off-campus activities involving students can have a major affect on campus life and campus activities.  Each case will be handled individually.

For information or clarification on these and other campus policies, please contact an administrator.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

*       Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

*       Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

*       Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

*       School officials with legitimate educational interest;

*       Other schools to which a student is transferring;

*       Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

*       Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

*       Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

*       Accrediting organizations;

*       To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

*       Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

*       State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.