SPC teams with LumaStream to bring training, jobs to Midtown St. Petersburg

June 19, 2013
June 19, 2013 — St. Petersburg College and high technology manufacturing company LumaStream today announced a partnership to bring job opportunities and hands-on manufacturing training to the Midtown area of St. Petersburg.
LumaStream manufactures Intelligent LED lighting systems and is moving a production facility to the Midtown area. “We are honored to announce our innovative partnership with SPC for an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. Our goal is to seamlessly combine academic learning with real world manufacturing to best prepare students for the high demand jobs. It is clear that SPC is on the forefront of progressive education with the leadership of Dr. Law and Dr. Gordon,” LumaStream CEO, Eric Higgs stated.
St. Petersburg College, as the lead institution in the Florida TRADE Consortium, will use the LumaStream facilities to offer training that can lead to jobs with the company or with other advanced manufacturing institutions.
The Florida TRADE Consortium is funded by a $15-million Department of Labor grant and charged with offering training in advanced manufacturing to displaced and unemployed workers, returning veterans who are looking to transition into the workforce and both high school and college students.
The training is designed to be completed in three to six months and can lead to internships and jobs in manufacturing. As participants move through the training, they will acquire the skills and knowledge to earn nationally recognized industry certifications that will also transfer into free college credits toward an Associate of Science degree.
Information sessions for those interested in the SPC/LumaStream project will be held at St. Petersburg College campuses beginning in mid-July 2013. The training is scheduled to begin in September 2013.