Suncoast Technical Education CenterHandbook & Program Catalog 2019-2020All visitors must check in at the Administration OfficeMain Campus4057 California StreetBrooksville, Florida 34604(352) 797-7091Fax: (352) 797-7191www.SunTechEd.comExtension Campus14075 Ken Austin PkwyBrooksville, Florida, 34613Administrative Office801 N. Broad Street,Brooksville, Florida, 34601(352) 797-7091 or (352) 797-7018Sophia Watson, Supervisor of Adult & Technical EducationBRIGHT. TECHNICAL. CAREERS.2

Mission StatementThe mission of Suncoast Technical Education Center is to specialize in developing and promoting innovative programsfor our students to meet the evolving needs of the community.Vision StatementTogether we will make aspirations a reality.Governance/AccreditationSuncoast Technical Education Center (SunTech) is governed by five (5) elected officials who constitute the HernandoCounty School Board. The district superintendent is the chief administrative officer of all the schools in the district.SunTech’s Supervisor has the primary responsibility for the operation of the school.Suncoast Technical Education Center, as an integral part of Hernando County Public School System, is subject tocertification standards for its faculty that are equivalent to those required in other public supported schools. Instructors areexperienced in their respective fields and maintain high standards of instruction. SunTech’s faculty members are certifiedby the Florida Department of Education and/or the Hernando County School Board on the basis of their technicalqualification, actual work experience in the occupation they teach, and professional training as teachers. Thus, they musthave technical competence as well as professional teacher training.SunTech is served by an Institutional advisory committee whose function is to advise and make recommendations to thesupervisor concerning the curriculum, equipment, operation and goals of SunTech. Committee members are selected fortheir interest, experience, and other qualities which enable them to make worthwhile contributions to the community. Inaddition, each program is served by an occupational advisory committee which is composed of men and women who areemployed in the field or trade represented by the program. These people are of invaluable service in evaluating programs,keeping instructors abreast of current industrial needs and technological needs as they pertain to job skills and jobplacement.Suncoast Technical Education Center is a public institution of the Hernando County School Board, certified by the FloridaDepartment of Education and accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.Contact Information:Council on Occupational Education7840 Roswell Road, Building 300Suite 325Atlanta, GA 303463


TABLE OF CONTENTSMission/Vision Statement Governance .Welcome .Table of Contents Faculty and Staff .Accreditation Information . .General Information HistoryCampus LocationsTesting ProceduresAdmissions . Admission RequirementsHousingAdmission ProcedureTransfer PolicyBasic Skills Exit Requirements & ExemptionsWithdrawal ProceduresTranscriptsProgram LengthFinancial Aid CounselingRe-Admission policyPlacementEmploy Florida InformationInformation Disclosure Student Information DisclosureStudents RecordsFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)Financial Information .Financial AidStudent’s ResponsibilityStudent’s Rights & Responsibilities for Financial Aid Other Financial AidFederal Title IV GrantVeteran’s AttendancePell Grant ProcessVeterans Credit for Previous TrainingVocational RehabilitationAttendance Violation AppealsVeterans & Dependents BenefitsVA Attendance Appeal ProcessVeterans AffairsCheck Writing PolicyApproved ProgramsCancellation and Refund PolicyHow to ApplyEnrollment ChangesReturn to Title IV (R2T4) .IntroductionWithdrawal before 60%Treatment of Title IVWithdrawal after 60%Official WithdrawalCalculation FormulaUnofficial WithdrawalOrder of ReturnStudent & Institution ResponsibilitiesEarned AidInstitution ResponsibilitiesOverpayment of Title IVStudent ResponsibilitiesR2T4 QuestionsRefund vs. R2T4Credit BalancePg. 3Pg. 3Pg. 4Pg. 5-6Pg. 7Pg. 8Pg. 9-10Pg. 12 - 15Pg. 16 – 17Pg. 18 - 24Pg. 25 – 295

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy . Pg. 30 – 33ComponentsAppealing SAP StatusFrequency of EvaluationAppeal ProcessQualitative ComponentProbationary StatusQuantitative ComponentRe-Establishing Eligibility for AidChanges in ProgramUnderstanding SAP StatusCourse Incompletes, Withdrawals, etc.Attendance PolicyWarning StatusMake-up HoursNot Meeting SAPLeave of AbsenceInstitutional Information Pg. 34 - 44Academic Program ImprovementInternet & Technology PolicyAccidents & InjuriesLab & Shop SafetyCampus Safety & SecurityName, Phone Number & Address ChangeClery ActNet Price CalculatorCancelled Class Due To Inclement WeatherProcedures for Handling Alleged School Related CrimeCell / Digital Phones & PagersSearch of PersonCertificate RequirementsStatement of Non DiscriminationCollege Navigator WebsiteStudent Body DiversityComplaint / Grievance ProcedureStudent Code of ConductCopyright InfringementStudent Time RecordsCrisis Response PlanTardy PolicyDisability DisclosureTobacco UseDress Code / UniformsTuition & FeesDriving / ParkingVaccination PolicyDrug Free PolicyVoter RegistrationEmergenciesWeaponsIdentification BadgesServices to Students . Pg. 45 - 46Assistance with EnrollmentDrop / Add Period for Technical ProgramsAccess to Your RecordsProgress ReportsAwards CeremonyTranscripts & Access to Your RecordsCounselorTechnical Programs Pg. 47-51Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Welding TechnologyAutomotive Service Technology 1Advanced Manufacturing & Production Tech.CosmetologyApplied Cyber-SecurityAppendix A: Program Supply Costs Pg. 52-60Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Welding TechnologyAutomotive Service Technology 1Advanced Manufacturing & Production Tech.CosmetologyApplied Cyber-SecurityIndustry Certification & Licensure Requirements by Program .Pg. 61Veterans Policy Statements . Pg. 626

SunTechFaculty and StaffStaff ton, JohnSuperintendent of HernandoCounty SchoolsMaster in EducationUniversity of SouthFloridaWatson, SophiaSupervisor of Adult andTechnical EducationMaster in EducationAdministrationGrand Canyon UniversityBarlow, NicolaManager of CareerEnhancementMaster in EducationalLeadershipNational LouisUniversityCoker, CathyFinancial Aid CoordinatorMaster in BusinessAdministrationEverest UniversityFigueroa, YamilWorkforce DevelopmentSpecialistHigh School DiplomaNature Coast TechnicalHigh SchoolEarly, JustenCybersecurity InstructorAssociates of ScienceIndustrial WorkExperienceDrake, DamonCybersecurity InstructorMasters in CybersecurityUniversity of SouthFloridaLaBelle, MarkAir-ConditioningRefrigeration and HeatingTechnology InstructorVocational CertificationIndustrial workexperiencePoteet, DorothyCosmetology InstructorBachelor’s DegreeIndustrial workexperienceBeyerl, BarryAutomotive instructorVocational CertificationIndustrial workexperienceWhitman, JasonWelding TechnologyInstructorVocational CertificationIndustrial workexperience7

ACCREDITATIONSuncoast Technical Education Center is fully accredited with the Council on Occupational Education. Initial accreditationwas granted on February 19, 2017 and is approved until 2022. The agency contact details are:Council On Occupational Education7840 Roswell RoadBuilding 300, Suite 325Atlanta, GA30350(770)-396-3898www.council.orgProgram accreditation is also held for our Automotive and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technologyprograms. Automotive is approved through NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Theagency contact details are:NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.)101 Blue Seal DriveS.E. Suite 101Leesburg, VA20175Tel: 703-669-6650Fax: 703- 669-6125www.natef.orgAir Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology is approved through HVAC Excellence. The agency contactdetails are:HVAC ExcellencePO Box 491Mount Prospect, IL60056Tel: 800-394-5268Fax: 800-546-3726www.hvacexcellence.orgLicensing information for our Cosmetology program is held through:Florida Department of Education325 W. Gaines StTallahassee, FL32399Tel: 850-245-9020www.fldoe.orgAccreditation documentation pertaining to the school and its accredited programs is available on request, and will beprovided in paper format, through our business office.8

General InformationHistoryThe Suncoast Technical Education Center (SunTech) was developed through involvement of interested communitymembers, and collaboration between the Hernando County School District and the Office of Business Development inAugust of 2013. We are all about creating a community of involvement, education and learning to enhance the local andregional business environment. A trained and ready workforce is a key component. SunTech is a public institutionauthorized by the State of Florida and operated by the Hernando County School District.SunTech offers training in five different disciplines at two campuses in Hernando County. Additional information aboutSunTech’s programs can be found on our web site at or at our Administrative office located at 801North Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34601, phone (352) 797-7018.Campus and FacilitiesMain CampusNature Coast Technical High School4057 California St.Brooksville, FL 346049

Extension CampusCentral High School14075 Ken Austin Pkwy.Brooksville, FL 3461310

Testing ProceduresTest of Adult Basic EducationThe State of Florida Department of Education requires that adult students who enroll in post-secondary Career and TechnicalEducation programs take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Florida Statue requires students to be tested within 6weeks of admission into the program of study. The State of Florida has established minimum scores in reading, language,and math which are required for completion of the program. The minimum standards may be found on the programdescription flyers for each program. Students who do not meet the minimum standards will be referred to AppliedAcademics for Adult Education (AAAE) for assistance in meeting the required standard.The state allows for exemption of the TABE requirements. The exemptions include: Students who have graduated from a Florida public high school or state charter school with a standard diploma in 2007or any year thereafter. This does not apply to students who have graduated from an out-of-state school, private school,or have earned a GED prior to 2014.If a student has already taken the 2014 GED and attained the minimum scores within two (2) years prior toadmission into a CTE program, the student does not need to be pretested. If a student takes and does not attainthe minimum score on the 2014 GED as the initial test, but then subsequently attains the minimum score oneach test after admission into the career program, the student may be counted as a completer from the programif the student successfully demonstrates mastery of content as determined locally.Students who have earned a college degree at the associates of applied science or higher.Students who are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.Students who pass a state or national industry certification or licensure exam identified in the state board rules.11

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSAdult students and those over the age of 16 who have left formal secondary education may enroll in SunTech’s technicalprograms. Students entering 9th grade prior to the 2003-2004 school year or from an out of state school must take the TABEtest and meet the minimum standards for their selected program. Students entering 9th grade in 2003 - 2004 or after andearning a standard High School diploma are exempt from the TABE as well as students with an AA degree or higher froma higher education institution. An official transcript is required. FS1008.30, 1004.91Admission ProcedureSunTech does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnicorigin. Students’ age 16 years old and older with the goal of learning a technical skill offered by SunTech are encouragedto apply. (Minor students should refer to the Administrative office for admission criteria). All programs are subject tospace available.1. Students make an appointment for a tour of the area they are interested in with SunTech staff.2. Students will be scheduled for an Orientation to submit all associated paperwork including transcripts and/orDiplomas, provide proof of Florida residency to receive in-state tuition rates (Two forms of identification arerequired) at Orientation set up by Sun Tech Staff.3. Submit the applicable tuition and fees and/or FASFA information.4. Students needing financial assistance should contact the Administrative office who will direct students to agencyfunding sources.5. Students must take the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) unless exempt with other scores or degrees. The examis administered by Sun Tech Staff and an appointment will be made for you within six weeks of class start date.Basic Skills Exit Requirements and ExemptionsSection 1004.91, Florida Statute (F.S.) and State Board of Education Rule 6A – 10.040 mandate that students that enrollin a program of 450 hours or more “may not receive a career and technical certificate of completion without firstdemonstrating the basic skills required in the state curriculum frameworks for the career education program.” SunTechprovides the opportunity for students to demonstrate basic skill requirement through the Test of Adult Basic Education(TABE). The Florida Department of education has placed basic skill levels on all programs in the curriculum frameworks.TABE scores are valid for a period of one (1) year.Based on Rule 6A – 10.040 and Rule 6A – 10.0315, students are exempt from the basic skills requirement if they meetany of the following conditions The student presents a transcript indicating an award of a college degree at the associate of applied science levelor higher.The student entered 9th grade in Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or thereafter, and earned aFlorida standard High School Diploma.The student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed ServicesThe student passes a state or national industry certification or licensure examination aligned to the career programin which the student is enrolled.The purpose of assessment is to determine whether or not the student has the basic skills necessary to be successful in thechosen career program.12

TRANSCRIPTSAt the completion of a program a complimentary certificate of completion along with a transcript will be issued to thestudent provided there are no outstanding fees. A 2 charge will be required for each additional transcript request.FINANCIAL AID COUNSELINGFinancial aid counseling is available to provide information and assistance to students who wish to apply for financialassistance. Prior to course start date all tuition and fees must be paid or accounted for.Note: Financial Aid approval does not automatically result in admittance into Suncoast Technical Education Center.PLACEMENTSuncoast Technical Education Center and CareerSource Pasco/Hernando has resources, both traditional and on-line, toprovide placement assistance to students seeking employment upon completion of their occupational training. SunTechprogram instructors, administration and staff provide valuable information and resources to support job placement.The CareerSource on-line link is and provides much placementopportunities under the “Job Seekers” tab. The career center hosts local job vacancies under “Hot Jobs” that is updatedfrequently. CareerSource also utilizes the “Employ Florida Marketplace” to assist student to secure employment in theirfield of training.13

EMPLOY FLORIDAThe Employ Florida Marketplace is your one-stop online resource for job listings, education and training opportunities,career building assistance and much more. By registering with Employ Florida and posting your resume you will be ableto access many features and services to help you in your career search. A User Guide, accessed from the Employ Floridawebsite, was developed to help students get started.Listed below are a few of the services that are provided through Employ Florida: Help Finding Job Openings - You can review available jobs and apply online. Job Market Trends - Access current market trends based on available job orders. You can research regional labor marketinformation, such as salaries. Resume Builder - This tool will provide you with a professional format to help you create, store, update and post yourresume online. Letter Builder - This tool will help you create, store and update letters you will need during a job search. Employer Information - You can find detailed information on employers that may be of interest to you. Theseemployers may or may not have any current job openings. Employers Posting Jobs - You will be able to view employers who have jobs available in the system. Virtual Recruiter - Let Employ Florida's Virtual Recruiter schedule a recurring search for job openings that meet yourqualifications.SunTech encourages student to register with Employ Florida during the last few weeks of the student’s chosen Program.This will give students an opportunity to look for a job while completing the program. SunTech staff are available to assiststudents with placement needs.Employ Florida Link:

HOUSINGSuncoast Technical Educational College does not provide dormitory space or any type of housing facility.TRANSFER POLICYOfficial transcripts from other colleges, technical centers and accredited institutions will be evaluated by an academicadvisor and the instructor and credit may be given for the appropriate units of instruction.Students with previous technical training from other institutions may receive credit for that training. An official transcriptfrom a Florida public institute documenting Student Performance Standards and/or Occupational Completion Pointsachieved for a specific technical program will be accepted in transfer at the receiving institute for the same technicalprogram. An official transcript from a non-public institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accreditingagency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participates in the common course numberingsystem will be accepted in transfer for the same course/ program. Official transcripts from non-accredited institutions willbe evaluated on an individual basis by the Manager of Career Enhancement and the program instructor to determine ifadvanced placement in a given program is applicable. All documentation, including transcripts, must be received bySuncoast Technical Education Center prior to the student starting their program.Students wishing to transfer programs within SunTech must submit a letter to the Manager of Career Enhancementrequesting a transfer. Students must be in good standing in their current program to be considered for transfer. Studentstransferring between programs may not change programs in the middle of the term but must wait until the start of the nextterm to enroll in a different program. Students granted permission to transfer to a new program will not be issued transferhours.WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURESStudents wishing to withdraw from a program prior to program completion need to meet with the Manager of CareerEnhancement. The Manager will review with the student the options that are available should the student want to return ata future date. The student will be given a short exit survey, the result of which will be used for data reporting purposes. Thestudent must settle any financial obligations prior to leaving.Students wishing to withdraw from a program prior to program completion must meet with a Financial Aid Coordinator todetermine if the student has to pay back any of his/her Pell award. Refer to the Financial Aid Policy & Procedure section ofthis handbook for additional information. Students are asked to confirm with the Business Office their current mailing andemail addresses to facilitate quick processing of any refunds.Program LengthProgram lengths vary from 750 to 1200 clock hours. Please see individual program listings for additional information onthe required program hours – PolicyStudents who withdraw or are administratively withdrawn due to a violation of the code of conduct or due to unsatisfactoryacademic progress, including, but not limited to unsatisfactory attendance, will not be re-admitted without approval by theManager of Career Enhancement. Students who are administratively withdrawn and wish to be considered for re-admissioninto the same program of study, must write an appeal letter to the Manager of Career Enhancement requesting re-admissionwithin seven (7) days of the notification of withdraw. If approved for readmission, the Manager of Career Enhancementwill be responsible for making the decision for the re-entry date. Any outstanding debt must be paid in full prior to readmission. For students that are financial aid recipients please refer to the Financial Aid Policy and Procedures Handbook15

INFORMATION DISCLOSURESTUDENT INFORMATION DISCLOSURE POLICYIn accordance with federal and state laws, Hernando County School District and SunTech will obtain your written consentprior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student's education records. However, Hernando CountySchool District may disclose appropriately designated directory information without written consent UNLESS you adviseHernando County School District to the contrary.STUDENT RECORDSAll matters concerning student records are processed, developed, and maintained by the Staff/Financial Aid department.Certificates are processed and issued; transcripts are prepared and provided at the student's request within a reasonableperiod of time. Fees may be associated with transcripts and some services.FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 (FERPA)Annually, Suncoast Technical Education Center, informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of1974, (FERPA) as amended. The business office will disclose FERPA information by publishing a notice in the studentcatalog and on the appropriate web locations. This annual notice shall prescribe the procedures whereby a student may makea formal request for non-disclosure of directory information, exercise the right to inspect and review education records,request an amendment of education records, and file a complaint with the school.The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request foraccess. Students should submit to the business office, a written request that identifies the education record(s) they wish toinspect. If the records are not maintained by the business office, the school shall advise the student of the correct official towhom the request should be addressed. The appropriate school official will arrange for access and notify the student of thetime and place where the records may be inspected.The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.Students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the schoolofficial responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurateor misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the school will notify the studentof the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additionalinformation regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, exceptto the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without priorconsent of the student is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a personemployed by the school as a member of the faculty or staff, members of the HCSB School Board, or a person under contractto the school to perform a task such as a consultant, attorney or auditor. Student or community members of schoolcommittees are also included in the definition of school officials as are student employees assisting a school official inperforming his or her tasks.Inter-institutional disclosure may be made between the school and entities that administer or participate in joint programsor activities and that further a legitimate educational interest because such disclosures are considered made to "schoolofficials". Directory Information at Suncoast Technical Education Center, is defined as information contained in aneducation record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. DirectoryInformation will be made available to the general public unless the student notifies the business office in writing of the wishfor privacy. A copy of the Non-Disclosure of Directory Information form is provided to each student at enrollment.Additional copies can be obtained at the business office.16

The right to file a complaint concerning alleged failures by the Suncoast Technical Education Center, to comply with therequirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:Supervisor of Adult and Technical Education801 N. Broad StreetBrooksville, FL 34601(352)797-7018Watson [email protected] of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expanded the circumstances under whichyour education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records -- including your SocialSecurity Number, grades, or other private information -- may be accessed without your consent. Covered under thisprovision are:The U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local educationauthorities (Federal and State Authorities) who may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any thirdparty designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported program. The evaluation may relateto any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education", such as early childhood education and jobtraining, as well as any program that is administrated by an education agency or institution.Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchersperforming certain types of studies, in certain cases even when the school objects to or does not request such research.Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and date security promises from the entities that theyauthorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities.In connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, andshare without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and otherprograms by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal and State datasources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, andmigrant student records systems.17

Financial InformationFinancial AidFinancial aid is available to eligible students. Information regarding sources and the eligibility to receive funding may beobtained in the Financial Aid Office. The amount of financial aid is dependent upon financial need; therefore, the amountawarded may vary from student to student. The attendance policy and satisfactory academic progress must be maintainedthroughout the length of the program to remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Students losing their benefits may reenroll as self-pay until such time benefits can be reinstated. Please refer to the Financial Aid Policy and ProceduresHandbook for detailed information. A copy of this handbook is provided to each student upon enrollment and additionalcopies are available in the Business Office.Postsecondary students are assessed tuition and lab fees. The session’s tuition and lab fees are discussed during theenrollment period and are payable upon registration, and have an approved payment plan. Certain programs require thepurchase of supplies, insurance, tools and uniforms. Generally, items purchased are used in employment after graduation.Fees are subject to change without notice. Florida residents are assessed tuition by the clock hour at the current rate set bythe Florida legislature. A Florida resident is defined as a person whose official residence has been in the state of Flor

Everest University Figueroa, Yamil Workforce Development Specialist High School Diploma . Program accreditation is also held for our Automotive and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology programs. Automotive is approved through NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) The