Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) is an educational institution which began in Marion County in 1973 as Community Education. In 1974, Mr. Samuel Lauff, Jr. and the Marion County School Board established the Adult and Community Education Center, presenting an opportunity for persons in Marion County to continue their education, in order to improve themselves and their chances of earning a living. The first location of the Center was at the Roberts Building and served approximately 2,000 students. Today, the main campus is located near the heart of downtown Ocala at the site once occupied by the Manhattan Shirt Factory, at 1014 Southwest 7th Road. The building has been completely renovated and modernized, and now houses the varied programs and services offered for the citizens of Marion County. Additional CTAE learning sites include the Florida State Fire College, Marion County Jail, Phoenix House, and over fifteen other locations throughout Marion County. Annually, CTAE serves over 3,300 students.

Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) is a public, co-educational, and equal opportunity facility legally authorized by the School Board of Marion County and the Florida State Department of Education to provide post-secondary and adult education.


Learning is a life-long process and is the basic philosophy of a community education provider. We believe that this premise must underlie the mission of a community education program. This philosophy must reflect a commitment to provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for the learner throughout his or her lifetime. CTAE must assist the student in obtaining knowledge and skills necessary to successfully function in a world in which change and new approaches to both new and old problems arise almost daily. The philosophy of community education reflects the belief that education must be viewed as a “People Business.” In all that we do, and in all that we plan, the need to keep CTAE “People Oriented” is above all other considerations.


The mission of CTAE is to serve the citizens of Marion County by providing relevant, high-quality educational opportunities and positive personal interaction with all who enter our doors.


CTAE seeks to serve a broad and diverse range of students, based on both individual and employer needs. It seeks to provide students with appropriate successes tailored to meet their individual goals while ensuring that all students and employers receive consistently high-quality services, programs, training, and instruction.


CTAE has over 35 years of experience in providing training and continuing education to adults throughout Marion County. As the Adult Education Division of the Marion County Public Schools, CTAE serves over 5,000 students and participants annually. It is also the sole provider of the General Education Development (GED) Diploma in Marion County, graduating over 700 students each year. Being the largest part of the Marion County school system in terms of participants, CTAE currently offers training and classes at more than 15 different sites throughout Marion County. CTAE is in operation 12 months per year, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

CTAE provides a variety of career and technical programs in allied health, cosmetology, veterinary science, computer technology, industrial, and public service. It continues to be a major provider of workforce education to area businesses, industry, and governmental agencies. CTAE currently offers over 20 programs of study with additional programs in various stages of development. Increased emphasis has been placed on customized training for business and industry as they face the constant need to keep pace with the ever-evolving technologies and the need to compete in the global marketplace.

CTAE is the official GED testing center for Marion County and offers a variety of adult literacy programs including basic literacy (grades 1-12) and workplace literacy. Literacy classes are open entry/open exit with schedules and locations arranged to maximize student participation. English Language Learner (ELL) classes are also offered at a variety of sites throughout the county.

CTAE is also a major provider of continuing education offerings throughout the county. These include classes in the arts, crafts, dance, health, fitness, languages, business, computer technology, recreation, and safety.