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Career Education

Career Education is the incorporation of practical, applied learning to the classroom, which benefits students by teaching them skills they can use for jobs that are in-demand in the workplace.

Career Education is a vital component of the curriculum for all Pinellas County students. Incorporating practical, applied learning in the classroom enriches the student experience. The Pinellas Education Foundation is committed to enhancing career education opportunities for all public school students in the county.

How is Career Education being taught in Pinellas County?

  • Enterprise Village – 5th grade program
    Each year, more than 17,000 fifth grade students have the opportunity to run a radio station, publish a newspaper, work in a bank, or manage a utilities corporation.
  • Finance Park – 8th grade program
    Each year, more than 13,000 eighth grade students learn lessons in personal finance management--an introduction to the world of monetary decision-making.
  • Future Plans – high school program
    This curriculum is being designed to assist students with personal interests and career direction.
  • Centers of Excellence programs – Currently in all high schools.
    This unique program allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school credit, college credit, and industry certification, thereby better preparing students both for in-demand jobs and continuing education opportunities. By mandate of the Florida legislature, (Senate Bill 1232, Florida Chapter 2007-216) all high schools in Pinellas County are required to offer at least one Center of Excellence program by 2011, and each program will be directly matched up to jobs and careers in the county which are in demand and forecast growth.
  • Pinellas Technical College (PTC)
    PTC is Pinellas County’s premier center for technical education. Boasting two campuses in Clearwater and St. Petersburg,PTC is a full-service school providing high-quality technical education and apprenticeship programs. PTC is a leader in state and national vocational student organization competitions. Students may apply for a Frances Stavros Career Technical Education Scholarship, which offers funding to attend a PTC program.
  • Virtual Mentor - a partnership between industry and education designed to promote career exploration at the middle and high school level and to provide information about career educational opportunities available in local high schools, technical schools, colleges and the workplace.

How You Can Become Involved in Career Education

Frances Stavros Career Technical Education Scholarship Fund

Established in 1987 by Frances Stavros, lifelong public education advocate and wife of Dr. Gus Stavros, founder of the Stavros Institute, the Frances Stavros Career Technical Education Scholarship Fund assists students who want to get their lives back on track and renew their dedication to career goals.

Over the past 20 years, more than 2,800 students have received this prestigious scholarship, allowing them to learn new technical skills at career education centers in Pinellas County. This successful program is designed to encourage students who have financial need to pursue their education in a vocational technical center, followed by career training and job placement.

  • 82% of graduates found employment in their chosen careers, compared to only 40% of college and university graduates

Click here to read the details and to apply for a scholarship today!

About the Frances Stavros Career Technical Education Scholarship

Frances Stavros Technical Education Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to enroll at one of two Pinellas Technical Colleges and select from a choice of 25 training programs, including:

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Telecommunications Technology/Pinellas Broadband Institute
  • Nursing
  • Electronics
  • Welding
  • Culinary Arts
  • Commercial Art
  • Web design
  • And, many, many more

Career Academy Program Videos

Career Study

  • Students complete internship programs to gain practical experience in their chosen fields

Job Placement and Counseling

  • Career counselors work closely with students to facilitate an easy transition into the workplace
  • Career counselors provide ongoing motivation, guidance and support

Peer Group Support

  • Scholarship recipients meet regularly to explore topics including:
    • Work ethic
    • Developing self-motivation
    • Learning to set goals

Apply for a Frances Stavros Technical Education Scholarship