Tuesday, Nov. 27, was a momentous occasion for A-C-T (American Compliance Technologies), as it entered into a formal agreement with Florida Polytechnic, to work with one another to train and prepare the university’s future students as they graduate and enter into the workforce.
“It’s an exciting day for us,” said ACT President Rob Kincart. “Now we have an opportunity to assist the program as it’s growing.” Kincart is also a member of the Florida Polytechnic foundation’s board.
Kincart elaborated upon this once invited guests, Florida Poly leaders and educators, and ACT staff associates all assembled in an A-C-T conference room.
“This is a historic occasion for A-C-T,” he said as he introduced the university’s interim president, Ava Parker. “We’re proud to be associated with Florida Polytech.”
Parker was equally effusive in her praise of the partnership the two entities were entering into.
“We’re building a university focused on engaging industry,” said Parker. “It’s partnerships like this that will allow us to build the proper curriculum.
“Just know that we appreciate this opportunity,” she concluded.
In later remarks, Parker brought to the attention of all that the formal agreement between Florida Poly and A-C-T was now the fifth partnership it had entered, and that with each linking, the bond between academia and business was being more strongly forged. In every partnership, students will not only learn in the classroom, but they will also gain hands-on exposure and experience as interns that will further equip them as they enter the workforce.
As would be later explained during a tour of A-C-T to anyone interested, graduating from Florida Poly would be the “license allowing for the opportunity to come work for A-C-T.”
Congratulations flowed to both from County Commissioner R. Todd Dantzler, this year’s chairman, and from City of Bartow Mayor James F. Clements.
“I can see where this is going to be a super partnership,” said Clements, who added in his thanks to A-C-T, calling the company a rock of foundation in Bartow.
Just before Parker and Kincart sat down to sign the contracts, Kincart added one final thought. Florida Polytechnic, he said, is and will be, good, not just for Bartow, Polk County and Florida, but nationally and internationally as well.