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Our mission statement: Our mission at Workforce Advantage Academy Inc. is to create learning environments for high school students, particularly those rising juniors and seniors who desire a different approach to reach their potential. Through attendance at Workforce Academy, our students develop the academic, employment and social skills that they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change in their communities.

Workforce Advantage Academy offers a core curriculum of English, math, science, social studies, business, transition to work and life management, with a special focus on improving skills necessary to pass the standard achievement tests. During a student’s tenure at Workforce Advantage Academy, young men and women will develop a graduation plan for college, job placements, technical school, the military or some other goal.

Workforce Advantage Academy is operated by a dedicated team of education professionals, with no ties to a management company.

Workforce Advantage Academy is pleased to announce our Parent Representatives for the 2020-2021 School Year are Samuel and Javon Davis.

Because the academy serves only 11th- and 12th-grade students, it does not receive a school letter grade. To learn more about school grades, visit the Florida Department of Education’s Web site:

Board of Directors

Ed Thomas Jr.


Orlando Utilities Commission 500 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 407-737-4243

Kenneth E. Hartsaw, Jr.

Board Member

Workforce Advantage Academy 2210 S. Rio Grande Ave. Orlando, Florida 32805 Cell: 407-808-5616

Elizabeth Hughes

Board Member

Elizabeth Hughes P.O. Box 540055 Orlando, Florida 32854-0055 407-529-5315

Hugo de Beaubien

Board Member

de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal LLP 332 N. Magnolia Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 407-422-2454

Steve Blomley

Board Member

de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal LLP 332 N. Magnolia Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 407-422-2454

Workforce Partners

Workforce Advantage Academy Introduction Video

Photo Gallery


Jharisha Blackman

A 2007 graduate, Jharisha Blackman has completed her political science degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee and has been...

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

They are doing a marvelous job of uplifting students who haven’t been successful in their academic careers and pointing them...

Rick Roach – former school board member

I worked with Workforce Advantage Academy CEO Ken Hartsaw to obtain approval for the school 10 years ago and am...

Army Brigadier Gen. Henry L. Huntley

Workforce Academy offers advantages to students and staff members advocate for the young people attending the school. “You are a...

Eric Smith

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Eric Smith: “Connecting the class work to them and their lives and making it meaningful....

John Winn

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Mr. John Winn “we need to find ways to not only make their learning environment...