The Florida statutes require each district school board to develop a five year strategic plan that meets local and regional work force demands. The strategic plan shall be developed in collaboration with local workforce boards and postsecondary institutions approved to operate in Florida.
The Board expects career and professional academies offered in the District to provide rigorous and relevant career-themed courses that articulate to postseconday-level coursework and provide students with the opportunities to receive a standard high school diploma, to earn industry certification, to attain the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award, and to earn postsecondary credit.
The Board encourages the Superintendent to forge partnerships with local businesses in the development of career and professional academies. These partnerships will help prepare students for the State's workforce needs, as well as help attract, expand, and retain targeted, high-value industry and jobs in the community.
The District's career and professional academies should increase student academic achievement and graduation rates through integrated academic and career curricular. The District's existing career education courses may serve as a foundation for the creation of an academy.
The Superintendent shall develop and update administrative procedures as necessary for implementation of this policy.
F.S. 1003.4156, 1003.428, 1003.491, 1003.492, 1003.493, 1004.99, 1009.536