Lively Technical Center to become Lively Technical College

Published: Jan. 9, 2019 at 5:36 PM EST
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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News

January 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County's trade school will soon have a new identity.

The Leon County School Board voted on Tuesday to change Lively Technical Center to Lively Technical College. The change comes as a way to boost morale and level the playing field for students after high school.

"I think that name 'center' sometimes just has a negative connotation. It just means someone that can't go to college," said Vann Haddock, a cosmetology instructor at Lively.

Haddock has worked at the school since 1993 and supports the name change. He believes it will boost the self esteem and pride of students.

"Everything we do out here is just as important. It's higher education. And what we do has that same kind of value," he said.

"It makes us feel like we're on the same plane, going to school," said Alexander Malaspina, a culinary arts student at Lively.

Malaspina will complete his program in May. And said having the word "college" on his resume will increase his chances at getting a job after school.

"I think seeing that ' college' next to your name instead of technical center will make them want you just as much as the next person," he said.

The name change is not that unusual. 45 out of the 49 technical schools in Florida use the word college in their names.

However, not everyone is so supportive of the name change.

"It's going to take some time getting used to that, Lively Technical College," said Al Moran, VP of Communications and Marketing

for Tallahassee Community College.

Administration at TCC is worried that the name change could cause some confusion between the community college, and its neighbor Lively.

"They might be confused thinking they can take classes, that they can transfer, whatever. It's just, the name causes confusion, but it's done,"

he said.

He also noted that the college felt blindsided and would've liked some more discussion with Lively before the school board voted on the name change. He said the two institutions must work for the betterment of the community and can hopefully increase communication moving forward.

Although Lively will add college to its name, it will not offer any type of degree, like TCC which offers an associates degree. The trade school will continue to hand down licenses and certificates to students who complete their programs.

The name change will not be effective immediately. Some paperwork still needs to be complete and signage across the campus will need to be updated.