Career and Technical Education

817 Bill Beck Boulevard

Phone: 407-518-4580 / Fax: 407-870-4632

Melanie Stefanowicz

Executive Director

Academy of Financial Services

What is the Academy of Financial Services?
The Academy of Financial Services is designed to equip students with the marketable skills needed to compete in the growing global economy while establishing a foundation for continued learning. Through a focused curriculum, students build long lasting relationships, gain character and confidence, and develop a sense of community. After completion of this program, students will have prepared themselves to be successful financial professionals.

  Why an Academy?
An Academy integrates college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme. In other words, an Academy offers:
  1. career-focused curriculum" to a subset of students (school within a school)
  2. by involving teachers from different subjects (college-prep academics)
  3. working together as a team and providing students with exposure (work-place experience)
  4. to their chosen career field (partnerships with local businesses)
Students learn marketable career skills integrated with a rigorous academic program that incorporates technology into the classroom.

The Benefits....
The Academy of Financial Services targets students who have an interest in an financial or business-related field. Benefits include:
"Hands-on" technical training in large and small animal care using state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities
Rigorous and relevant curriculum that meets Florida's Bright Futures Gold Seal Scholarship program
Being part of a "select team" to accomplish similar career and academic goals
Opportunity for national industry certification
Participation in nationally recognized academic and agricultural competitions
"Real world" experiences reflecting desired career choice
Meets requirements of 4-year college enrollment
Marketable job skills enabling students to enter workforce upon graduation

Career Options

Financial Analyst
Tax Examiner
Debt Counselor
Loan Officer


Academy Certifications

Business & Community Partner Support
A combined commitment of leaders in business, education, and the community partners may:
w Serve as Advisory Board members
w Provide experiences helping to shape the future workforce
w Serve as mentors or speaks and provide one-day shadowing experiences or field trips
w Provide scholarships, special project funding, or in-kind contributions
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