Chamber Career Academy Program gets highest designation

At its inaugural Career Academy Awards Luncheon, the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Florida Next Generation Learning Community were honored by the Ford Partnership in Advanced Studies and the Ford Motor Company Fund with designation as a Professional Development Resource Hub – one of only three in the country.

Pensacola is a leader in the Career Academy movement with 43 in Escambia County and 15 in Santa Rosa County. School Districts from around the country are coming to Pensacola to see how we are doing it.


High School Academy of the Year: Health Academy – Jay High; Culinary Arts Academy – Pine Forest High School

Middle School Academy of the Year: Pre-Engineering Academy – Woodham Middle

Career Academy Teachers of the Year: Opal Lister – Pine Forest High; Jim Wendell – Navarre High

Career Academy Students of the Year: Emma Grace Farthing – Tate High; Ryan Miller – Milton High

Industry Certification Achieving Career Academies:
Locklin Tech Construction Academy
Pre-Nursing Academy – West Florida High

Most Ingenious Career Academy Concept:
Pen Air Federal Credit Union – Finance & Accounting Career Academy, Milton High

Business/Industry Partners:
Health Care: Baptist Healthcare; Construction: The Home Builders Association of West Florida; Information Technology:;
Engineering: Avalex Technologies; Culinary: Beef O’Brady’s, Pace

Model Green Career Academy: The Home Builders Association of West Florida Green Construction Trades Academy

Model Stem Career Academy: Engineering Academy, Escambia High