The interest I have in the medical field and in the Academy was sparked by a tragic personal event; the death of my neighbor who was a cancer patient. Ever since then I've wanted to help those in need via medicine. The Medical Academy is the perfect starting point for that goal, because it combines textbook knowledge with hands-on experience. I believe that an academy better prepares a student in an area they are particularly passionate about in addition to the regular and general information they receive in a traditional class. In my opinion, academies better prepare students for the future. Students will feel more comfortable going to college classes relating to a particular career field and will adjust and adapt easier. This will be due to the plethora of knowledge they gain in a high school academy.
Ever since joining the Medical Academy at Lake Region High School, I have been excited about waking up every morning to go to school. My attendance has increased and being in an academy has made me want to push myself in all my other classes! Being interested in the medical field means that I need top-notch grades all around.
I hope to learn as much as possible in my academy. I plan to take Latin language classes online to prepare me for college and eventually Pharmacy school. My major career goals include getting a Doctorate degree in pharmacy and working in the clinical sector.
Career Academy Success Stories
Brittany WhiteAcademy of Future Educators
"I love being able to work in the Little Braves Preschool. The children always make me smile and keep me in a good mood. I have taken several of my DCF exams and am looking forward to finishing my industry certification, so that I can work professionally in a preschool soon. I plan on working with kids as my future career, because it's something I enjoy doing and I'm learning that I'm good at it too."
Rafael RiveraLakeland Electric Energy Academy
Rafael is 16 and has excelled in the Energy Academy at Traviss. Rafael competed in the Skills USA competition and placed fourth overall in the regionals. He placed with very high scores from the written test as well as the hands-on portion of the competition. Rafael is an honor roll student and has plans of opening his own electrical contractors business in the future.
Tyler MerrittLakeland Electric Energy Academy
Tyler is 18 and has become a shining star in the Energy Academy program. He is a GED student that has made the honor roll twice this year at Traviss. He is interested in becoming a lineman in his future as an electrician. Lakeland Electric is considering Tyler as an intern with the line crew as he will be a course completer this year.
Timothy "T" PollockCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
I decided to pursue the Academy instead of a traditional high school because my goal is to attend the Air Force Academy and then become a pilot. The school's location and academic standards were big draws for me. The school is located at the Lakeland airport; there's no better place for the CFAA. I also really liked the dual enrollment options that the school offered which will help me get a head start in college. CFAA also offers incentives, like going to NASA, so that students strive for high GPA's. In my opinion, the academy experience is much better than the traditional high school experience because the entire school is focused on the goal of the student's interests of aviation and engineering. This provides a learning environment that interests me and motivates me to work harder. Another reason that the academy experience is better than a traditional high school is simply due to size. There are fewer students enrolled in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy then there are in most freshman classes at a traditional high school. It is really easy to get to know almost everyone at the school and the teacher to student ratio is pretty small which is very helpful if you are having trouble in a specific class and need a little extra help. I feel that this academy has put me one step closer to my goals and aspirations.
Haley PickrellLakeland Academy of Veterinary Science
When I first found out about the awesome opportunity of raising a heifer with Lakeland High School Vet Academy, I took it in a heartbeat. I've always had the deepest passion for animals and with this project my passion has grown tremendously. Wanting to be a part of this academy caught my attention very quickly because I have an aspiration to be a vet, and through this experience I hope to gain knowledge of what it truly takes to be a veterinarian. I have thoroughly enjoyed this program because it has given me the chance to do what I adore most- bonding with my heifer, Emma. Before being in the veterinarian academy I had never shown in a fair, or even thought it possible to ever own an animal and raise it. I never thought to make such great friends in the process, but I have met some of my closest friends through the vet program. This academy is definitely a gigantic learning experience in all. With raising my heifer through this academy, I have learned several facts and keys to raising an animal, such as different kinds of feed, how much to give them, what is good and what isn't for your animal. A huge contributor to why I love the Vet Program at Lakeland is it's a very hands-on program. For example, in my first year in the academy I was already giving animal's shots, and medicine like it was my job. It's very beneficial to have these opportunities to try doing things, because it really helped me decide that I want be a veterinarian when I'm older. The amount of responsibility needed to be in this program has been tremendously high- it's been a ton of work, but it has helped build my character and who I am. Although it takes a lot of time and commitment, throughout this academy I've learned so much, and had the best time doing it!
Morgan CarltonAcademy of Natural Resources
After talking with previous students that were involved with agriculture classes and the FFA, there was not a doubt in my mind that I would be an active FFA member. In my opinion, taking agricultural courses is better than the traditional high school path because students are more involved in hands on activities. I maintain a grade point average of 4.44 and I plan to pursue a career in the agriculture industry. FFA is a major part of agriculture at our school. I am currently President of our FFA chapter and Vice-President for the Polk County FFA federation. Throughout my two years in FFA I have had great experiences. I have traveled to Washington DC, met Adam Putnam, traveled to Indianapolis for National FFA convention and I have made many lifetime friends. I have also been on the state winning forestry team, and also on the state winning citrus team. In FFA there are endless opportunities.
Dante "Teddy" BomarDistrotek
I decided to join the Distrotek Academy because I would like to receive my bachelor's degree in Business. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with the Business degree, but I have narrowed it down to management. The classes in the academy have helped me learn some valuable principles in business and terms that are used in the business world. Rooms to Go, which is the sponsor for Distrotek, will also help pay for me to receive my degree. I feel that being in an academy is more in-depth than a traditional high school path. In the traditional path, students are only focused on getting the needed credits to graduate. In an academy, you have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, and get more exposure in that field. It also builds character, makes you more accountable and have a better sense of responsibility. I currently have a 3.0 grade point average and it has remained the same being in the academy. My attendance has improved tremendously, since I entered the academy, because I am excited about coming to school. After graduating from high school, I will attend college to receive my bachelor's degree and continue to receive my master's degree.
Ambar Ramos-PerezIndustrial Biotechnology Academy
I decided to pursue the Biotechnology Academy because I was interested in the topics studied in the academy and all the hands-on labs that are performed. I feel the academy is a better choice than a traditional high school path because this academy takes learning to a higher level and offers many experiences other students never get. This academy involves more critical thinking and teaches at a more in depth level than other science classes. It provides a good opportunity to start planning a career since we explore many different types of careers related to this field.
The Biotechnology Academy requires a commitment in time. My grade point average and attendance have both benefitted from the academy. Labs may run several days and I have to be there to complete the work. Attendance and skill development are parts of the academy that help prepare us for the workforce or for higher education. Because of the various labs we perform, I am now looking into genetic engineering as a career.
Melinda LloydLake Gibson Academy of Health
I chose to pursue the Academy of Health during my high school career because I knew that it would open doors for me and further my career goals as a nurse. I knew that I would learn valuable information through hands on experience and a team approach. Being a part of this academy has been a rewarding experience because I have gained knowledge and confidence in the areas I am interested in. I have also benefited from meeting people and making friends that share my dedication to health care. Since joining, mine as well as other students GPA, attendance, and career goals have improved. I believe that this is because of the guidance and knowledge provided through the Academy of Health. I have learned to think like a health care professional and am well on my way to achieving my career goal as a nurse.
Viral PatelPolk Academy of Business and Technology
The Polk Academy of Business & Technology has all the latest hardware and software available to help prepare students for their future--whether it is college and/or a career. The level of instruction is very high and most students graduate with at least one Industry Certification---whether it is in Microsoft Office or one of the Adobe programs. The academy teachers really care about the students and continually encourage and motivate us to reach for our highest potential.
By taking the classes, academy students can earn up to 18 college credits while in high school through the articulation program and dual enrollment. I've already taken two dual enrollment classes and plan to take two more during my senior year.
I plan to major in engineering at college, but I'll also need the business skills I learned through the academy classes so I can have my own business. I am very proud to be a member of the Polk Academy of Business & Technology family.