Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Academies let high schoolers choose a 'major'

Web design teacher Joyce Cheze goes over an assignment Monday with ninth-grader Kevin Park at the Central High School business and marketing academy. Tenth-grader Jackie Hall observes at left. Cheze said the academy caters to college-bound students as well as those seeking technical skills.


Web design teacher Joyce Cheze goes over an assignment Monday with ninth-grader Kevin Park at the Central High School business and marketing academy. Tenth-grader Jackie Hall observes at left. Cheze said the academy caters to college-bound students as well as those seeking technical skills.


Central High School career specialist Jennifer Ball invited the 24 students who enrolled in the school's new Academy of International Business and Marketing to a breakfast recently. The idea was for them to get to know one another and the adults who will advise them along the way through the program. The academy is one of four that opened at each high school this year. Hernando High School has a Veterinary and Agriscience Technology Academy. Springstead High School offers a Web Design Academy, and Nature Coast Technical High School has a Health Academy.

The academies prepare students to achieve industry certifications, such as Adobe certification at Springstead or veterinary assistant certification at Hernando.

Ball described the academies as having majors in high school similar to college. Each school has an advisory council. Her breakfast was a "meet and greet" for her students and Central's advisory council.

As her students sat around tables eating bacon and french toast, some shared their reasons for streamlining their high school educations and what their plans are for the future.

Samantha Frausto, 15, is a sophomore and said she choose the academy because she hopes to study business, marketing, accounting and finance at the University of South Florida.

Two young men in the room have ambitious goals that they hope the academy will help them attain.

Junior Ryan Collins, 16, and senior Dalton Whitelaw, 17, want to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, become pilots and own their own airlines. Dalton is the chapter president of the student business organization, DECA.

Junior Zachary Martin, 16, hopes to go to Northwood University in West Palm Beach. "I'm going into business finance," he said. He enrolled in the academy "to get courses to help."

Junior Michelle Venezia, 16, said she is in the academy "because I want to major in business and marketing when I get older. I love all aspects of the business world." Michelle is the school's DECA vice president and wants to run for the state DECA vice president. She hopes to attend the University of Central Florida.

Sophomore Kelly Nelson, 15, said she learned a lot about marketing in her freshman year. She is in the academy to build on that. She is interested in a medical career and says that business and medicine "really join together." Kelly hopes to attend USF to study physical therapy.

Junior Jennifer Davison, 16, is interested in marketing and business. "You have to market yourself for jobs," she said. She would like to attend USF to study journalism and is interested in working for a magazine. "You can use journalism in a lot of ways," she said.

• At Springstead, Barbara Jensen is the career specialist, and Joyce Cheze is the Web design teacher. Cheze said there are about 80 students in her school's academy, which caters to college-bound students as well as those interested in technical or two-year degrees. The school is a test site for Adobe certification, and the school will pay for the test.

• Hernando High School's career specialist is Christine Kostis. The school has an agreement with St. Petersburg College that allows students to earn some college credits while taking high school academy courses, within specific guidelines.

Besides the students interested in veterinary medicine, Hernando's academy offers agriscience, where students deal with animal husbandry and handle the cattle and pigs on campus. The teacher is Richard Ahren, and the veterinarian adviser is Dr. Raul Figarola. Other advisers are veterinary assistant Michele King and animal trainer Kim Jeske.

• At Nature Coast Technical School, students interested in medical careers may enroll in the Health Science Education Program. The career specialist is Nicola Barlow. Classes available this year are Medical Skills, Health Science 1, Health Science 2, Allied Health Assisting, Nursing Assisting, and Anatomy and Physiology. Students have opportunities to do internships in the community.

The school offers a dual-enrollment class in medical terminology, and students who complete the health program may take exams to become certified nursing assistants or home health aides.

>>Fast facts

Focusing on specific skills

Central High School: Academy of International Business and Marketing

Hernando High School: Veterinary and Agriscience Technology Academy

Springstead High School: Web Design Academy

Nature Coast Technical High School: Health Academy

Academies let high schoolers choose a 'major' 11/05/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 7:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)


    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

    People fill out ballots for the special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on Thursday in Billings, Mont. [Associated Press]
  4. Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?


    LONDON — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

    Salman Abedi was identified by British authorities as the man behind Monday’s attack.
  5. Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city


    MARAWI, Philippines — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted militants.

    Soldiers fire at enemy positions Thursday while trying to clear the city of Marawi, Philippines, of armed militants.