Jharisha Blackman

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

“The teachers and counselors at Workforce Academy encouraged and pushed me tremendously,” Blackman said. “Initially, I didn’t want to go to college, but now I am going to law school.”

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 proud of its successes. One person can make a difference, and Ken Hartsaw had a vision. Ken now has a first-class program. This school gives kids a future, and with a future, good things happen.

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 great model for this nation.”

John Winn

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Mr. John Winn “we need to find ways to not only make their learning environment smaller which this school does but also connect their learning to real world and I think this school does an outstanding job of combing both of those…This school has the perfect package. They are strong on academics, they are strong on workforce skills and they help kids set goals for themselves sand so I am just delighted to be able to spend a little time here.”

Eric Smith

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Eric Smith: “Connecting the class work to them and their lives and making it meaningful. We have seen that happen here. And I am trying to look and see where there is example that can be transported to other places around the state.”

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 in the right direction.