The Mission of Workforce Education is to educate students to be responsible, productive, competent contributors to the workforce.

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Polk Career Academies

Polk Career Academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school. Students enter the academy through a voluntary process; they must apply and be accepted with parental knowledge and support.

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 career training. 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.

A career academy includes the following essential elements:

  • A small learning community supported by a local advisory committee
  • A career theme that may include a college-prep curriculum and lead to industry certification
  • Partnerships with employers, the community, and higher education

By design, these three central elements of a career academy lead to a school that is rigorous and relevant.

For more information visit the Polk Career Academies website at www.PolkAcademies.com .

Programs of Study

Programs of Study provide Career Education Students and Academy Students with a suggested four year course schedule in order to become a program completer. Programs of Study also outline post-secondary education options at technical centers and colleges, future career options and possible industry certifications.
Visit www.PolkAcademies.com/ProgramsOfStudy/ for more information.

Workforce Education Programs

Career Student Organizations

Adult Schools

GED Information

If you plan to pursue a GED, there are two testing sites in Polk County that are directly associated with Polk County Schools. In Lakeland, the West Area Adult School at 604 South Central Avenue can help you, while the East Area Adult School at 300 East Bridgers Avenue in Auburndale serves Auburndale/ Winter Haven/Haines City GED applicants.

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Farmworker Jobs and Education Program

The purpose of the Farm Worker Jobs and Education Program is to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers that want to leave agriculture, or stabilize farmworkers who choose to stay in farmwork. The goal is to improve the lifestyle for migrant and seasonal farmworkers requesting assistance.

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Career Pathways

The purpose of Career Pathways is to prepare students to enter and succeed in a career.

Career Pathways is a dynamic educational movement involving:


  • schools (secondary and postsecondary)
  • employers
  • families and community leaders

A Process of Teaching and Learning

  • expects high levels of achievement from all students
  • recognizes and addresses a variety of learning styles
  • integrates practical applications into academics

A Curriculum Structure

  • is central, but not limited, to grades nine through fourteen
  • keeps student choices and career/educational options open
  • prepares students for critical thinking and lifelong learning

Benefits of Tech Prep:

For Teachers

  • student recruitment and retention in your program
  • establishes standards and benchmarks for student success
  • networking with peers and colleagues from postsecondary institutions

For Students

  • earn tuition free college credit
  • a jump start on a high wage career
  • employability skills for life
  • networking with potential employers