BELLE GLADE – High school students who are currently enrolled in grades nine through 11 can now apply for the Construction or Mechatronics academies offered at West Technical Education Center (West Tech). The construction academy provides training in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and air conditioning. The mechatronics academy allows students to gain technical skills in automation technology and apply those skills to manufacturing, engineering, and robotics.
Additionally, adults and students age 16 or older who have officially withdrawn from school can also attend West Tech for GED test readiness, ESOL and workforce development classes. Evening classes in welding, electrical, HVAC and construction are also available.
High school students enrolled in West Tech will attend their assigned high school for their core curriculum, and then attend intensive and focused career preparation in 100-minute blocks during the school day, allowing the students to participate in athletics and other after-school activities at their assigned schools. Transportation from the schools to West Tech is available.
High school students who wish to attend a career academy at West Tech must meet specific academic and disciplinary criterion to be considered. The academies will ready students to sit for the industry certification associated with their field of study.
Interested students should complete an interest application and submit it to West Tech between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. West Tech is located at 2625 NW 16th Street in Belle Glade. For a list of frequently asked questions about the programs available, click here. For more information call West Tech at 561-829-4620.
For the academy application (students currently enrolled in ninth grade through 11th grade), click here.
For the workforce development, GED and ESOL program (adults or students 16 and over who are not enrolled in a K-12 program), click here.