St. Petersburg College partners with LumaStream for training

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Jane Meinhardt

St. Petersburg College and LumaStream have partnered to provide jobs and hands-on manufacturing training in the Midtown area.

LumaStream, which manufactures intelligent LED lighting systems, is moving a production facility to the Midtown area of St. Petersburg, according to a written statement.

The partnership will create an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to blend academic learning with real world manufacturing.

SPC, one of the institutions in the Florida TRADE Consortium, will use LumaStream’s facilities to offer training that can lead to jobs with the company or with other advanced manufacturers.

The consortium is a partnership of 12 state and community colleges which has received a $15 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to offer advanced manufacturing training to displaced and unemployed workers, veterans and students.

The training is designed to be completed in three to six months. Participants can earn nationally recognized industry certifications that will transfer into college credits toward an associate of science degree.

SPC will provide information sessions about the project in mid-July and training is scheduled to start in September.

Founded in 2009, LumaStream is headquartered in St. Petersburg and has provided innovative LED lighting and control systems for the Chihuly Collection gallery, the Ovation condominium and the Element tower.

Tampa Bay Business Journal