Susan Dixon Photography » Jacksonville wedding & portrait photographer

College Visit: Florida Polytechnic University

I’m not sure if this is true where you are….but it’s spring break in Jacksonville, Florida!

We didn’t plan a big trip this year. Instead, we’ve done (and are still planning to do) a few day trips. We’ve gone to Fernandina Beach/downtown Fernandina (Amelia Island). Tomorrow, we plan to go to St. Augustine for the day.

Last Monday, we drove to Lakeland, Florida, for my one of my sons to tour Florida Polytechnic University.

This was not Jonathan’s first visit. He is a junior in high school, and he liked the school a lot the first time he saw it when he participated in a college road trip several months ago. I had the chance to chaperone a group of students from his high school as they visited several colleges around the state. Jonathan enjoyed the trip, but none of the schools really made much of an impression on him…….until he got to Florida Polytechnic. You know that your child means business when he looks at you and says, “Mom, this is everything I every wanted to do.”

The person who needed convincing was actually my husband. Troy was unhappy when my oldest son moved across town a year and a half ago to attend University of North Florida. I knew that convincing my husband to let our second child move half a state away was going to take a lot of prayer plus some REALLY good evidence that this is the perfect place for Jonathan.

And, of course, I took some pictures. Here are just a few…..

image to pinterestimage to pinterestimage to pinterest

Florida Polytechnic University is Florida’s youngest public university. It’s a STEM school. If you’re not familiar with that term, it means that there’s a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.

There are two colleges at FL Poly: the College of Innovation and Technology and the College of Engineering. They currently offer a Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Innovation and Technology.

The College of Innovation and Technology offers concentrations in the following areas: big data analytics, cloud virtualization, health informatics, cyber gaming, information assurance/cyber security, logistics, and materials/supply chain.

The College of Engineering offers concentrations in these areas: digital logic design, embedded system design, machine intelligence, control systems, digital/hybrid systems, electrodynamics, magnetics, semiconductors, geometric dimensioning/tolerancing, motion intelligence, multifunction materials, and nanotechnology.

As you can see from the images, the facilities at FL Poly are very impressive! In addition, we think that it’s really great that so many industries partner with this university. This ensures that students are taught both material and skills that will make them excellent workers in their fields. Many of the faculty members have held high positions in major tech companies. They know what companies want and need in their future employees. With it’s state-of-the-art labs, this school has a lot to offer!

This is kind of crazy, but Jonathan can apply beginning July 1, 2016 for his freshman year (in 2017). I definitely see this as a great option for my son. His biggest problem right now is narrowing down what he’s going to list as his major on the application!



Contact me.