SEMINOLE — The county's first full-time technical high school recently opened its doors to students.
Pinellas Technical High School, 12611 86th Ave. N., welcomed nearly 200 incoming freshmen, as well as 150 returning upperclassmen. These older students attended the school when it previously operated as a dual-enrollment center and will continue to attend part-time in order to complete certification programs. Eventually, the school will house 600 full-time students.
In addition to general education classes, students also select a program – building construction technology, commercial and digital arts, electricity, game and simulation programming, nursing, and veterinary assisting – and receive hands-on training in their field.
The property has a longstanding tradition as an alternative high school experience focused on project-based learning.
It opened its doors in 1961 as the Largo-Seminole Agriculture Center – dubbed "The Ag Farm" – with a focus on agriculture and horticulture. It underwent several name changes over the years, and in 2013 it became known as the Career Academies of Seminole, a part-time program.