Fast Forward

Fast Forward is Polk State College’s Rapid Credentialing Initiative (RCI) which is designed to increase access to short-term non-credit programs in in-demand occupations and job opportunities in Polk County.  The target population is unemployed, underemployed, or furloughed workers or those who are at risk of losing their jobs because of the pandemic or automation.

Fast Forward focuses on four non-credit training programs, selected because they can be completed in 10 weeks or less, can be delivered online or in a hybrid format under conditions that protect the health and safety of students and instructors, and are aligned with in-demand occupations and mid/high median wage job opportunities in Polk County based on employer feedback and the most recent labor market data available.

Each of the non-credit programs also prepare students to earn industry certifications that articulate to college credit programs at Polk State, creating education and career advancement pathways.

For more information about any of these programs and how to apply, please contact Marta Clinger at MClinger@polk.edu or 863.297.1010 extension 4665.

  1. Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

    Description
    Prepares individuals for front-line material handling and supply chain logistics jobs in fulfillment centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and factories. This program has two parts:

    • Foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)
    • Mid-Level Technical CLT Certification (CLT)

    Time to Complete
    2 weeks

    Delivery Format
    Face-to-face

    Typical Jobs
    Supply chain logistics jobs – involved in receiving, packing, shipping and processing orders.

    Hourly Wages
    $15 – $25 starting pay

  2. Certified Production Technician (CPT)

    Description
    Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) certification is designed to validate that any individual with the certification has the technical, employability, and academic skills needed to work in modern manufacturing. The four basic competency areas are safety, quality, production & processes, and maintenance awareness.

    Time to Complete
    5 weeks

    Delivery Format
    Face-to-face

    OR

    Time to Complete
    10 weeks

    Delivery Format
    Hybrid

    Typical Jobs
    Maintenance/service technicians, mechanic, production technician

    Hourly Wages
    $12 – $15 starting pay

  3. Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

    Description
    Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery precision-cuts, grinds, or drills materials. Machinists are technicians who make adjustments to machines to control the speed, the material fed, and the path of the cut, as well as make sure the machines are set up properly, working efficiently, and producing a high-quality product.

    Time to Complete
    8 weeks

    Delivery Format
    Hybrid and face-to-face

    Typical Jobs
    Machine operator, machinist

    Hourly Wages
    $18 – $30 starting pay

  4. Manual Machinist Program

    Description
    This certification program validates that an individual has the skills and knowledge to successfully complete process planning, basic manual milling machining applications, machine set ups, operations, inspection techniques and safety standards. This course is aligned to 4 National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certificates.

    Time to Complete
    8 weeks

    Delivery Format
    Face to face

    Typical Jobs
    Manual Machinist

    Hourly Wages
    $16 – $21