New Career Academies, Name Changes In Escambia – Including Northview, Tate

June 22, 2018

There are changes coming to career and technical academies in Escambia County Schools, including a new academy at Tate High School an update to an academy at Northview High School.

Almost two-thirds of middle and high school students in the Escambia County School District enroll in one of the 51 high school or 16 middle school academies.

“We are constantly looking for ways to update the programs we offer to be sure we are doing our best to stay ahead of the upcoming needs of local employers as well as finding programs that will help our students prepare for their future careers,” said Dr. Michelle Taylor, ECSD’s director of Workforce Education. “To do this, we work in partnership with our local business leaders to form advisory councils. These changes are the results of their input as well as our attention to our students’ career and academic interests.”

Three New Workforce Education Academies

Tate High School will be establishing the J.M. Tate High School Agriscience Academy. Agriculture classes have been offered in the past, but now they will be focused into three streams of instruction – Agritechnology, Technical Agriculture Operations and Horticultural Science. Students will strive to achieve industry certifications such as Agricultural Associate Certification, Agricultural Mechanics Specialist Certification, and/or Agritechnology Specialist Certification. Students in the new academy will still have the chance to participate in the Tate FFA program, along with the students in the existing Tate High Veterinary Science Academy.

Pensacola High School will be starting a Culinary Arts Academy to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in academic and technical instruction including opportunities to develop professional skills in the culinary and hospitality career fields. Skills will be acquired for a range of food service careers including chef, restaurant management, nutritionists, food editor/stylists, sales/marketing, food purchasing or catering director, and many more. Academy students will have the chance to earn Industry Certifications in this field of study, to include National ProStart Certificate and Food Safety Manager.

Booker T. Washington High School will now offer a Media Academy for students interested in careers as television production operators, television broadcast technicians, camera operators, and other professional/para-professional technicians, video recording engineers, and audio recording engineers. Television production skills that will be developed will include script writing, lighting, shooting and directing, electronic news gathering, and field production. Industry certification opportunities will include the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) in Premiere Pro Creative Cloud.

Three ECSD Academies Getting New Names

At Northview High School and Pensacola High School, the Automation and Production Technology Academies will now be branded as Advanced Manufacturing Academies. The course sequence will match the new state curriculum framework and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed for careers in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Students will gain a foundation of knowledge and experiences in the study of automation technology and its application in the fields of manufacturing, engineering and robotics. Students will also work toward the Industry Certification, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council/Certified Production Technician.

The Booker T. Washington High School Aviation Maintenance Academy is now the Aviation Technology Academy. The new name will better describe the nature of the academy and aligns with local industry needs. Course work starts with a year of Private Pilot Ground School and then moves into three years of Aviation Assembly Technician coursework. Students in the Aviation Technology Academy will have opportunities for work-based learning with local aviation industry partners and will also gain knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aviation history and innovations, quality control, aircraft manufacturing processes, and mathematical practices related to the assembly and fabrication of aircraft. They will also gain hands-on experience with aviation tools and materials. The Industry Certification associated with this academy is the Aerospace/Aircraft Assembly (AAA) certification. These high school students will learn foundational aviation maintenance skills that will help prepare them to continue their education at GSTC’s Aviation Maintenance program and earn an Airframe and Powerplant license.

Each of these academies will be affiliated with a Business Advisory Council composed of representatives from businesses and industry leaders who partner with the academies to keep the curriculum current, serve as guest speakers and provide opportunities for work-based learning experiences. Participation in all ECSD career and technical academies include the development of “soft skills” employers in all fields are looking for, such as time management, teamwork, creative problem solving, general employability skills, presentation skills and leadership.

For more information about ECSD Workforce Education options, visit

Pictured: Equipment used in the Advanced Manufacturing Academy at Northview High School. photos, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “New Career Academies, Name Changes In Escambia – Including Northview, Tate”

  1. David Huie Green on June 24th, 2018 6:42 pm

    “the article doesn’t mention what students not interested in these courses will do. Will they have to change schools to attend a traditional high school?”

    From what I have seen, they also have students not involved in those programs at those schools. Renaming some of the special offerings doesn’t change anything.

    David for good choices

  2. Retired Educator on June 22nd, 2018 9:25 pm

    As a retired teacher, I see the advantages and need for these career centered courses, but the article doesn’t mention what students not interested in these courses will do. Will they have to change schools to attend a traditional high school? If they have attended 9th through 11th grades at Tate, will they not have the opportunity to graduate from Tate or whichever their home school is? I hope all sides have been thought out. It may sound like a small thing, but anytime you make changes, emotions will come into play, especially when school loyalties are involved. I hope it works out with the best outcomes for all involved.

  3. JLA on June 22nd, 2018 5:56 am

    WOW! I didn’t realize this until now but Booker T. Washington High School has an Aviation Maintenance Academy. Do some of these students realize what an opportunity they have to make VERY good money and be very sought out for in that career? The opportunity for so many kids to achieve success but it’s too bad they don’t realize this until they reach their middle to late 20’s, just like I did.

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