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Florida Technical Colleges Adopt Virtual Bookstores as Cost-Effective Alternative to On-Campus Bookstores


Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center and Withlacoochee Technical Institute Launch Online Bookstores Hosted by Akademos

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) November 09, 2012

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced at the Association of Florida Colleges convention that Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center and Withlacoochee Technical Institute have signed on as new clients.

Joining the growing list of Florida-based technical colleges that are embracing turnkey virtual bookstores, both schools cited reducing textbook costs for students as a key driver for the change. Additional benefits sought in the transition from brick-and-mortar to online bookstore include increased flexibility, improved efficiency, and reduced overhead costs, especially those costs associated with managing a physical, on-campus bookstore.

“Akademos provides us with an easy-to-implement option to ensure our students have access to the right course materials,” said Christy Reddish, director of the Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center. “As such, we are able to keep our overhead costs down while also meeting students' needs when it comes to course material selection and price.”

Following are technical colleges and career centers in Florida that have implemented online bookstores from Akademos:

  •     Bradford Union Area Career Technical Center
  •     Withlacoochee Technical Institute
  •     Lake Technical Center
  •     Charlotte Technical Center
  •     Ridge Career Center
  •     Traviss Career Center
  •     Immokalee Technical Center
  •     Lee County High Tech Center North
  •     Lee County High Tech Center Central

“We focus on providing the right training to help our students gain real career opportunities, thus it is critical for us to offer better access to course materials in a variety of formats and prices,” said Denise Willis, director of the Withlacoochee Technical Institute. “By partnering with Akademos, we are able to better serve our students and achieve our academic mission.”

Like many public colleges in the nation, Florida schools are seeking ways to improve completion rates. By keeping the cost of tuition and course materials low, students are given a better opportunity to persist toward a certificate or degree. Florida technical schools' course offerings serve a range of students, and include GED programs for those that have not completed high school, as well as training programs for adults re-entering the workforce or changing careers.

"Some textbooks can cost students more than the course itself. By offering students more choices and lower cost options for their course materials inventory, our roster of Florida technical colleges are doing their part to reduce student debt and improve the chances of long term, successful career placement," said Brian Jacobs, founder and president of Akademos.

Akademos believes that every student has a right to affordable educational materials, and that schools—in order to meet their educational mission and accommodate their students' preferences—should have new choices in delivering those materials. As such, Akademos' full-service, online solution delivers tremendous savings on textbooks and other course materials while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the process.

To learn more about online bookstore service offerings for educational institutions, visit the Akademos website.

About Akademos
Akademos offers a turnkey virtual bookstore and marketplace. Its advanced technology, comprehensive supply-chain solution, and commitment to responsive personal service make it a leader in providing affordable course materials and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose new, used, marketplace, rental, and eBooks while schools can reduce costs and enjoy greater operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool, which can be accessed at Akademos delivers the right course materials, at an affordable price, on time. Learn more at and

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