J-Tech is a member of the Compass Rose Foundation Integrated Education System, a 501(c)(3), Non-Profit Organization.
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The history of Compass Rose Foundation is one of constant evolution. For decades, CRF has founded, governed and operated private institutions of higher learning. A review of our landing page, will evidence our ever-evolving, but longstanding commitment to the higher education community.
Our history demonstrates that we engage in training or education from the applied and vocational to the graduate degree. We also assist with research in determining what career paths are attractive to market and employment dynamics.
Compass Rose Foundation currently governs Sunstate College, Inc. d.b.a Sunstate Academy. For over 35 years, Sunstate Academy has provided graduates to the licensed fields of Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Skin Care and Nail Specialties. Currently, there are two Sunstate Academy campuses located in Fort Myers and Clearwater, Florida.
Sunstate Academy operates under three primary oversight agencies including the Florida Department of Education –Commission for Independent Education, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and the United States Department of Education.
Jones Technical Institute is a branch of the Sunstate Academy Clearwater campus. J-Tech is an institution of higher learning with its specific focus on shorter-term diploma and occupational associate degree programs. The institute will offering programs in:
Automotive Technology • Diesel Technology • Commercial Truck Driving
J-Tech will continue to serve the needs of the workforce by providing training and educational programs that serve the needs of the employment community. J-Tech is currently researching employment demands for future programs such as Heavy Equipment Repair, Computer Numeric Controlled Manufacturing, Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Plumbing Technology.
Jones Technical Institute is awaiting final approval from the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, it is not permitted to engage, market or advertise to prospective students.
February 20, 2014
Jones Technical Institute (J-Tech) received its Branch Campus Accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In addition, J-Tech received its approval to offer Occupational Associate Degrees in Automotive and Diesel Technology. J-Tech is now a fully accredited vocational institution! View press release
February 4, 2014
Our economy is still in recovery mode and the latest jobs report is showing some growth. Meanwhile, in the Jacksonville area, there are thousands of jobs available in commercial truck driving and in the automotive and diesel industry. View press release
January 27, 2014
Compass Rose Foundation's Integrated Educational System now encompasses three campuses. On October 15, 2013, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) granted approval for Jones Technical Institute's Branch Application, Part I. Furthermore, J-Tech expects to receive it's full Grant of Accreditation in mid-February. On November 21, 2013, Florida's Commission for Independent Education (CIE) voted unanimously to grant provisional licensure, with no conditions, for Jones Technical Institute (J-Tech). View press release
September 6, 2013
J-Tech concluded the last of three inaugural Program Advisory Committee meetings for the automotive technology, diesel technology and commercial truck driving programs. Employers and community partners came together to provide J-Tech feedback on industry needs and expectations of a new vocational school in the Jacksonville area.
Upon completion of the Program Advisory Committee meetings, J-Tech submitted part two of their branch application for accreditation to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and its Application for Provisional License with the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. View press release
August 14, 2013
The Foundation identified and appointed Program Managers for their Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology and Commercial Truck Driving programs. The Management line-up includes a combined 68 years of experience in the industry. View press release
May 31, 2013
Compass Rose Foundation Inc. purchased 8813 Western Way, a 16-acre, 168,000 square foot building on the Southside of Jacksonville. This locale was formerly used by Mercedes-Benz as their national training facility and vehicle intake plant. It is our intent to also make available our physical plant to employers and industry partners for regional training workshops. View press release