In Lee County we have seen a significant increase in the number of high school students completing industry certifications and it turns out we are not alone. According to Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, industry certification completions are on the rise in Florida.

In the 2015-2016 school year Lee County high school students earned a total of 3,628 industry certifications and in 2016-2017 high school students earned 4,272 industry certifications – an increase of 18%.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities provide students with specialized learning within a school which creates a unique atmosphere in which students interact with both teachers and peers. Partnerships with the business community provide academy students the opportunity to participate in field trips, internships and on the job training.

Some of the following academic benefits are often associated with students participating in industry certification programs: higher GPA; decreased chronic absenteeism; decreased drop outs; increase in enrolling in Advanced Placement or dual enrollment courses; and increased student performance.

To learn more about Career and Technical Education in Lee County visit our website at: http://www.leeschools.net/ace