Meet Orlando CP Bill Ford

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He might live and work in the same area as Disney World, but there’s certainly nothing Mickey Mouse about the job Bill Ford does as Campus President (CP) of the Concorde Career Institute – Orlando campus. As CP, Ford presides over a health care career college of approximately 300 students and 25 faculty members that provides a quality education with hands-on training and individualized support in a short amount of time, so that students can get out in the workplace and launch or continue their careers.

Ford became CP in Orlando in January 2015 and brings more than 20 years of experience as an administrator, in both academics and athletics, in secondary and post-secondary education. He’s spent nearly his entire life in school in one capacity or another and enjoys nothing more than helping young people educate themselves and reach their life’s goals.

But, there’s more to Bill than just his life working at a health care career college. Let’s get to know him a little more and hear about his philosophy of always giving your best, his love of zombies and deep background in sports administration and coaching.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A CONCORDE CP?

After spending 20-plus years as an administrator, principal, athletic director and teacher in secondary education, I jumped over to post-secondary education in the role of an Academic Dean, Director of Operations and now Campus President. I guess you could say I am a life-long learner and educator. I have often used the line at a graduation ceremony that I have never left school since going to kindergarten.

WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A CAMPUS PRESIDENT?

As in all of my experiences in the educational field, I always enjoy the interaction with students and experiencing their success. At the end of the day, there is really nothing better than watching someone grow, learn, have fun and feel good about themselves.

WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE ORLANDO CAMPUS STAND OUT FOR ITS STUDENTS?

The Orlando campus is special because of the associates that work with our students daily. Each and every associate at the Orlando campus lives and breathes our core values, but there is something to be said about having several doctors serving as deans, program directors and adjuncts or licensed counselors working as a director with our students. We are very blessed to have the talent pool that we have to influence the health care professionals of the future.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER WERE GIVEN?

My father said it is not always about winning on the scoreboard or getting an ‘A’ in a course. The real question is, “Did you do your best?” If you did, then you should be proud of that accomplishment. But, until they tear all the scoreboards down or stop having report cards, you better win or get an ‘A!’

WHAT’S A FAVORITE TV SHOW, RECENT MOVIE YOU’VE SEEN OR BOOK YOU’VE READ?

I have to admit after binge watching four seasons of The Walking Dead, I am now hooked and cannot wait for Season 7.

WHAT IS A HIDDEN TALENT, FAVORITE HOBBY OR LITTLE-KNOWN FACT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My little-known fact is that I am really into sports and spent the first 20 years of my career coaching in high school. Now, I get to still enjoy coaching while I am watching my three sons, William, 11, Stephen, 10, and Benjamin, 7, all play baseball every weekend. Of course, my wife, Rosie, is the real head coach on this team keeping all of us Ford Boys under control.

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Davina Thomas-Clark | Medical Assistant, Vocational Nurse graduate

“I have taken the MA program and the LVN program. Concorde is a wonderful school. There is a difference between passion and a paycheck, and most of my instructors had a passion for what they do. The program was challenging but well worth it. I love this college!”

Kontessa Brown | Dental Assisting Graduate

“I think it’s an amazing school. When I sat down for boards, I felt more than adequately prepared. If you put the work in, your success is almost guaranteed.”

Jamie Troccoli | Medical Assistant graduate

“I am eternally grateful to Dr. Lu-Ping Gamble at the Garden Grove campus. They not only lit a spark, they lit a torch in my heart that shall burn forever! My education changed my life and has had a huge positive impact on the person I am today.”

Andrea Nolan | Dental Assistant graduate

“Knowing I could be working as a Dental Assistant in eight months was crazy to me! I loved going to class and would drive an hour there every day. I’m truly happy that I took the step to go to Concorde. It was the best thing I have done for my family.”

Christine Mejia | Surgical Technology Graduate

“There was good simulation, real instruments and a lot of one-on-one instruction. I loved the lab, and I had a great instructor who is also a surgical technician.”