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High school career academies blend requirements with career interests

. Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technologies

Provides skills through the use of drafting tools, computer-assisted drawing and landscaping, among others. In the electrical technology program, students explore wiring techniques and alternative power sources. In the building construction technology program, students explore masonry and carpentry, among others.

Dunedin High

1651 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin (727) 469-4100, ext. 2020

. Academy of Engineering

Focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The program format is provided by Project Lead the Way through Rochester Institute of Technology and offers an introduction to engineering, aeronautical engineering, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, principles of biotechnology engineering, civil architecture, and engineering design and development.

East Lake High

1300 Silver Eagle Drive, Tarpon Springs (727) 942-5419, ext. 1021

. Academy of Finance

Introduces students to the financial services industry offering college-preparatory courses in computers, economics, finance, accounting and banking. Students work with mentors from the business community and staff the on-campus Viking Branch, a real credit union sponsored by Achieva Credit Union. They also help prepare tax returns for the community.

Northeast High

5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 570-3138, ext. 1021

. Academy of Information Technology

Provides students with the computer skills and course work focusing on technical support, networking, databases, programming, Web design and multimedia. Students work with mentors from high-tech companies.

Northeast High

5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 570-3138, ext. 1021

. Academy for Marine Science and Environmental Technology

Offers special training in ecology, environmental sciences, marine biology, agroponics and water resource conservation. The program features an on-campus, 2-acre, outdoor classroom including a spring-fed pond.

Lakewood High

1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (727) 893-2926, ext. 2118

. Automotive Academy

Helps prepare students for careers in automotive collision and refinishing, auto sales, dealership management and as service technicians and insurance adjusters. Required traditional subjects are taught with automotive themes.

Northeast High

5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 570-3138, ext. 1119

. Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce

Introduces students to international business with an emphasis on global studies and multicultural diversity. The program offers courses in international business finance, technology, law and accounting.

Clearwater High School

540 S Hercules Ave., Clearwater (727) 298-1620, ext. 2108 or 2109

. Graphic Arts Academy

This academy blends graphic arts and technology, offering students skills that prepare them to be a Web developer, graphic designer, illustrator, bindery operator, offset press operator, silk screen operator, digital production artist and more.

Dixie Hollins High

4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 547-7876, ext. 2007

. Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy

This 11,600-square-foot facility includes two teaching kitchens with 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen-auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room-restaurant. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the growing field of food preparation and restaurant management.

Tarpon Springs High

1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs (727) 943-4900, ext. 187

. Veterinary Science Academy

Prepares students for careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary day care, grooming and agility, and veterinary technology as veterinarians, veterinary surgical assistants and technicians. Students operate a doggy day care, groom animals and serve as surgical assistants to veterinarians.

Tarpon Springs High

1411 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs (727) 943-4900


. Center for Computer Technologies

Allows students to develop skills in personal computer repair and hardware and software troubleshooting. Students can earn industry certification in Microsoft Office, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Server +.

Countryside High

North application area

3000 State Road 580, Clearwater (727) 725-7956

. Center for Construction Technologies

Students in grades 9 and 10 explore different aspects of the construction field including masonry, carpentry, plumbing and electricity in a hands-on environment. Students in grades 11 and 12 spend part of their school day attending building construction classes at PTEC St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg High

South application area

2501 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 893-1842

. Center for Design in Business

Helps students interested in computer graphics and Web design develop their creative skills and earn industry certifications in Microsoft Office Applications, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Flash.

Largo High

Mid application area

410 Missouri Ave., Largo; (727) 588-3758

. Center for Education and Leadership

This program promotes teacher training opportunities and academic rigor.

Seminole High

Mid application area

8401 131st St. N, Seminole (727) 547-7536

. Center for Culinary Arts

Provides students training in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Students will explore and study worldwide cultures while developing specialized skills in food identification, selection, purchasing and preparation.

Dixie Hollins High School

Mid application area

4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 547-7876, ext. 2007

Northeast High School

South application area

5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg (727)570-3138, ext. 1107


. Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma

A program developed by Cambridge University that prepares students for college and allows them to tailor studies to their interests, skills and future goals.

Clearwater High

Mid application area

540 S. Hercules Ave.

(727) 298-1620

Discovery Night: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Dixie Hollins High

South application area

4940 62nd St. N., St. Petersburg


Discovery Night: Feb. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

Tarpon Springs High

North application area

1411 Gulf Road

(727)943-4900, ext. 108

Discovery Night: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Fast facts

Other entrance criteria

•Career academies do not have academic entrance criteria, but students must not have a history of consistent, serious discipline problems.

•For programs with attendance criteria, the applicant may not have excessive absences without acceptable documentation.

• Call program coordinators if you have concerns regarding eligibility. Any student determined to be ineligible based on behavior or attendance can appeal.

High school career academies blend requirements with career interests 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:41pm]
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