A career academy involves teachers from different subjects working together as a team. Staff teams, who often share common planning time, work together to implement the key features of the academy and provide students with training in the career field. Students may be grouped together for several periods every day with a core group of teachers. This promotes a family-like atmosphere and results in close student-teacher ties.
For more information, admission requirements, a current list of all career academies or to apply online, please visit the official career academy website at www.PolkAcademies.com.
Academy of Automotive Technology
This program enables students to jumpstart a career in the automotive industry. The Automotive Academy provides students with hands-on training in Automotive Service Technology. The academy features a full range of automotive maintenance and repair topics including:
- Engine Repair
- Air Conditioning Service and Repair
- Tire Mounting, Rotation and Balancing
- Wheel Alignment
Upon completion, students will have completed their ASE Certification tests to earn their Entry-Level Certification. This certification last for two years. Students will also complete the Florida Automobile Dealer’s Association’s certification exam. Allowing students to be prepared to enter the workforce, seek more advanced training, or go on to college to earn a degree.
Academy of Natural Resources
Central Florida Aerospace Academy
Lakeland Power Academy
Learn relevant skills that will prepare you for a successful career, as an Electrician, Line Worker, System Control Operator, Meter Technician, Power Plant Operator, or Engineer. Students will gain a solid understand of industrial electricity and entry-level positions through out the utility industry. Students will experience extensive job shadowing with the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Electric, and other local energy companies.
Lakeland Electric anticipates many career opportunities becoming available for students graduating from high school during the next several years due to employee retirements.
This program will help students develop the necessary technical and people skills required for employment at Lakeland Electric or for any company in the world. In addition, this Academy will provide students with an excellent foundation to compete for a variety of careers in other trades and industries, such as construction and manufacturing.
This program will also be very beneficial for students planning to move on to a four-year college or a trade school by providing technical knowledge and dual college credit enrollment while still in high school.
Sports Medicine Academy
Students will study the field of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, and will function as student assistant trainers working with interscholastic athletics. Coursework will provide a basic foundation in athletic training that will prepare students for entry into college athletic training programs.
Strength & Conditioning
Students will study the field of strength and conditioning. They will learn nutrition for athletes, how to design appropriate workouts for specific purposes, physiology and biomechanics of strength training, and strength coaching techniques. Not only will the students learn in the classroom about the professions of personal training, physical education, and strength and conditioning specialists, but our students will also have the opportunity to shadow and intern with different professionals with in the community.
Students will study the principles of sports management including: marketing, budgeting, sports law, and administrative principles. Coursework will provide a basic foundation to enable the students to understand the workings of the entire sports industry.