Impacting Tampa Bay

Feb 23, 2010

Kettering University has many articulation agreements, but the one just signed in Florida has a head start thanks to a serious need to build more technical talent in Tampa Bay.

The presidents of Florida’s Pasco-Hernando Community College and Kettering University signed a fully articulated academic agreement Feb. 17 to develop a stronger pool of engineers and scientists and create more ‘industry-ready’ workers for the Tampa Bay Region.
Dr. Katherine Johnson, president of Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) and Dr. Stan Liberty, president of Kettering, officiated at the signing ceremony at PHCC’s West Campus in New Port Richey.

Kettering’s Bob Nichols, director of External Affairs, helped facilitate the signing and said this ceremony had a look and feel unlike any he had ever attended.  “I’ve officiated at many articulation agreements for Kettering through the years,” Nichols explained, “but this one was very different and special.  The Tampa Bay Region is serious about building more technical talent for the Sun Coast. The conference room was full of people representing higher education and business development organizations who are serious about resolving their needs for more local talent in engineering and the sciences.

“This region of Florida is already generating co-op jobs for Kettering’s current students.  It will be even better for the new, local talent from PHCC,” Nichols added.  “We’re all sensing this is the start of something good.”

Dr. Johnson said the collaboration will allow Florida students to earn academic credits toward a bachelor of science degree at Kettering while attending classes at PHCC.  “This new partnership will provide local students with exciting options to pursue upper level opportunities at Kettering, especially in the engineering and science fields.  The further training will also increase the technical talent base in business and industry in the Tampa Bay Region now and in the future,” she explained.

Dr. Liberty said Kettering is pleased to form this academic partnership.  “The collaboration between Kettering’s nationally ranked private engineering, science, math and business university in Michigan and Florida’s highly respected PHCC campuses will ensure a smooth transition for Florida students.  Students will begin their college studies and co-op experiences in their home state and then transfer into the country’s most advanced professional co-operative education program,” he added.

Initially, PHCC students will spend their first two years at PHCC and their final 2 ½ years in Kettering’s unique baccalaureate program.

Nichols noted that Coastal Caisson of Odessa has already hired Kettering co-op students and is seeking more.  “Our first co-op at Coastal Caisson brought some great new ideas to a big project they were working on.  Company officials were impressed, they are looking for more Kettering co-op students now.”

Chuck Puccini, president of Coastal Caisson, told The SunCoast News: “In today’s world, you don’t have time to set up training.  The prospect of developing and having first pick of homegrown talent would be like a dream come true,” he said.  See more comments from Puccini in a story called “PHCC, Michigan University ink transfer pact” at:

Pasco-Hernando Community College’s serves the educational needs and interests of Pasco and Hernando counties. As a comprehensive, multi-campus community college, PHCC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for academic and cultural growth.  For more on PHCC, visit:

Kettering University, in Flint, Mich., is world-renowned and consistently ranked among the top engineering and manufacturing programs in the United States.  Kettering collaborates with more than 500 business and industry partners in the U.S., Europe and China through its professional co-op program.  For more on Kettering, visit:
Written by Patricia Mroczek and PHCC sources