Seminole Vocational Education Center will soon be known as Career Academies of Seminole. The change, which was approved by the Pinellas County School Board in February, becomes effective July 1.
The name change better reflects the purpose and goals of the school and the needs of its students, who can earn industry certifications in six fields: carpentry, electricity, commercial and digital arts, energy solutions, veterinary sciences and horticulture.
“The change reflects our commitment to forward thinking in the 21st century. It’s not just about training for a job; it’s about training for life,” said school Director Barbara Clare. “We are helping students develop career and leadership skills, which are now the same skills that are vital to success in college and postsecondary training programs, and the same skills needed to grow as productive members of society.”
The school, at 12611 86th Ave. N, sits on about 45 acres and serves approximately 350 students from Largo, Osceola and Seminole high schools. In addition to the certification fields of study, the school also offers courses in environmental technology.