Education & Workforce

Education & Workforce


As economic developers, we’ve come to learn that a solid education is the best start to an advanced and skilled workforce. That’s why we value our relationship with our education and workforce partners so much. Our collaboration has made great things possible, including customizable and one-of-a-kind training and increased graduation rates.

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Career Academies

Central Florida’s Polk County School Board has done a tremendous job engaging middle- and high-school students within specific career and technical areas of interest. The Career Academies span a three- or four-year course of study and allow students exposure to a variety of career fields in a small, personalized learning community. Apart from the numerous benefits to this type of hands-on study, students may also earn college credit through a partnership the School Board formed with Polk State College.

Polk State College

Polk State College has grown at a rapid pace over its history and recently began offering four-year degree programs. Employers, in particular, have benefited from its customizable, direct service-delivery. Polk State College’s Corporate College operates as a quick-response center for a wide range of workforce training initiatives, including certificate programs; customized training on proprietary, mission-critical systems; workplace safety seminars; technology training; and other continuing education tailored for the needs of our business partners. Fun fact: The Corporate College is also home to the State of Florida’s Banner Center for Manufacturing!

CareerSource Polk

CareerSource Polk (formerly Polk Works) is a leader in our community for ensuring a sustainable and quality workforce for today and the future. They provide workforce development resources for the citizens and business community in Polk County, Florida and can help with all your workforce needs.

Florida Polytechnic

The new Florida Polytechnic is expected to be  a top public research university providing multi-disciplinary, applied learning and applied research. The university aims to connect its students’ education to in-demand professions and career paths. In the next few years, the Polytechnic will complete the first phase of construction of its new, state-of-the-art campus on I-4, designed by Santiago Calatrava.