7132011_52510_0Career Academy Defined: Career Academies are unique“school’s-within-schools” that offer structured, personalized learning through career related classes with a focus on technical skills. The exciting opportunities for students offer them a chance to succeed academically while getting a leg up towards their career goals. Students prepare for college and a career by enrolling in advanced academic and technical courses. Students will gain a skill they will keep for a lifetime…it’s like choosing a college major. Plus, Career Academy students go to college more often than other kids. Solid academics and career skills…That’s what Career Academies are all about.


Academy of Coastal and Water Resources
St. Johns Technical High School

The Academy of Coastal and Water Resources offers students the technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in water, natural resources and environmental science.  Academy students receive industry relevant, hands-on training which can lead to opportunities for industry certifications in water resource management.  From water quality testing via boats on the Intracoastal Waterway, to working with our local water utilities, to building oyster reefs for shoreline protection in the estuary, the Academy students are exposed to all aspects of managing our most precious resource, water. Learn more about the Academy of Coastal and Water Resources.

Academy of Culinary Arts
St. Johns Technical High School

Students enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Arts are guided by real-world industry professionals so they are career ready upon graduation.  The program offers a sequence of courses designed to provide rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical skills needed for further education and careers in the Culinary Arts.  Hands-on laboratory activities such as:  safe food handling, tools and equipment skills, safety procedures as well as, many levels and types of food preparation are integral to the program. The academy focuses on all aspects of culinary arts with an emphasis on industry certifications for our students. Learn more about the Academy of Culinary Arts

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (IT) Manufacturing Internship Program
at St. Johns Technical High School

The Carlisle IT Manufacturing Internship program is a platform to introduce St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS) students to the various aspects of manufacturing technologies and provides them with hands-on, industry relevant experiences.  SJTHS students are also learning essential employability and life skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.  Through the Carlisle IT partnership, St. Johns Tech students work one-on-one on the manufacturing floor with Carlisle mentors.  Carlisle IT is developing our students into future employment prospects who are career ready upon graduation.

Applied Technology at First Coast Technical College

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. The interests and abilities you have now can help you decide what you want in a career. Listed below are the Applied Technology Programs of Study offered at First Coast Technical College (FCTC) for High School students. These programs can be the start of your career, lead to adult programs at FCTC or transfer to articulated college degrees.

AGRISCIENCE – may be the career area for you if you:

  • like to work with plants and other growing things
  • like to work outdoors
  • would like to learn more about the science of how things grow and stay alive
  • like to work with mechanical equipment
  • enjoy work requiring physical activity

Courses offered:

  • Irrigation Operations
  • Landscape Management
  • Nursery Management
  • Sports and Recreational Turf Management

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY – may be the career area for you if you would like to:

  • work in a business or medical office
  • work with other people
  • operate computers in an office environment
  • work with details in an organized manner

Courses offered:

  • PC Support Services
  • Web Design
  • Network Support

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – may be the career area for you if you:

  • are interested in working with children
  • would like to learn about child development and how children learn
  • are interested in health and nutrition
  • want to have a positive impact on a child’s life

Courses offered:

  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Certification (ECPC)


COSMETOLOGY – may be the career for you if you:

  • enjoy creative activities
  • can do things that involve your hand and fingers
  • like to please people
  • take pride in how you look and dress

Courses offered:

  • Facials
  • Nails
  • Cosmetology


GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS – may be the career for you if you:

  • are reasonably good at working with computers
  • have an interest in color, balance, and proportion
  • are interested in the practical use of art
  • like to work with people

Courses offered:

  • Commercial Art Technology

For more information, visit:
Career & Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County