The City and Somerset Academy Inc. invite the community to explore this page to learn more about a proposed new school aimed at preparing the local workforce to meet the growing demands for qualified personnel in construction, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries.
As part of its strategic goal to promote quality education for all residents, the City Council this summer directed staff to issue a request for qualifications for qualified proposals for the career academy to be located within the City’s future jobs corridor, on land leased through the City in the Southern Grove section of Tradition. After the evaluation process, the Council approved moving forward with the proposal submitted by Somerset Academy Inc.
This academy will be the gateway to fulfilling the needs illustrated in the 2017 Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study. Additionally, the educational program will address overall core requirements, while offering targeted curriculum tracks for key occupations based on industry needs and growth opportunities for the future. It also will align with the needs of the community with feeder programs, such as construction trades, welders, health sciences, logistics, and manufacturing, among others.
Besides the needs addressed in the Skills Gap Study, eight out of 10 respondents in Port St. Lucie’s 2018 Citizen Survey, conducted by the National Research Center, indicated they believe creating a vocational/technical high school to prepare students to enter the workforce was essential or very important. The City Council will be finalizing a contract and lease in in the final months of 2018, enabling Somerset Academy, Inc. to pursue charter approval in early 2019.
- View Community Night PowerPoint Presentation
- 2017 Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study
- View the Oct. 22, 2018 City Council Meeting Video & Documentation
- View the Nov. 5, 2019 Community Night Meeting
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