Vital Information
Polk Academy of Business and Technology
Lake Gibson High School
7007 N. Socrum Loop Road
Lakeland, FL  33809

Phone:  (863) 853-6100

Areas of Interest:  Business, Video Production, Graphic Design

NCAC Academies


This academy is recognized by the National Career Academy Coaltion as a "CERTIFIED" Academy for having met the National Standards of Practice

Student Focus
Viral Patel

Viral Patel

The Polk Academy of Business & Technology has all the latest hardware and software available to help prepare students for their future--whether it is college and/or a career. The level of instruction is very high and most students graduate with at least one Industry Certification---whether it is in Microsoft Office or one of the Adobe programs. The academy teachers really care about the students and continually encourage and motivate us to reach for our highest potential.

By taking the classes, academy students can earn up to 18 college credits while in high school through the articulation program and dual enrollment. I've already taken two dual enrollment classes and plan to take two more during my senior year.

I plan to major in engineering at college, but I'll also need the business skills I learned through the academy classes so I can have my own business. I am very proud to be a member of the Polk Academy of Business & Technology family.

PABT Overview

PABT’s programs include Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Digital Design, International Business, Legal Administrative Assistant, and Web Design. The Program is designed to provide specialized opportunities for students who have expressed an interest in developing business and technology skills through concentrated computer applications classes.


  • Accounting Operations: For students interested in a career in Accounting, Banking, or other financial positions.
  • Administrative Assistant: For students interested in a career ranging from Business Administration to Entrepreneurship.
  • Digital Design: For students interested in a career as a Graphic Designer or Production Assistant.
  • Business Supervision and Management: For students interested in a career in Business Administration or Management.
  • Web Design Services: For students interested in a career in Information Technology, HTML Coding or Web Producing.
  • Business Computer Programming: For students interested in a career in computer program development or video game design.
  • TV Production: For students interested in a career in television or video production.

PABT Benefits

  • Dual enrollment courses with Polk State College
  • Articulation with Polk State Colleg
  • Honors & College Prep curriculum
  • Bright Futures Scholarships
  • Paid Internships
  • Industry Certifications from Adobe and NRT
  • Future Business Leaders of America


Industry Certification 2010-2011:

  • Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop--45 students
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Dreamweaver--16 students
  • National Retail Federation in Customer Service--49 students


  • Over 500 Academy Members

PSC Articulation Credits 2010-2011:

  • Keyboarding I--63 students
  • Keyboarding II--24 students
  • Word I--74 students
  • Introduction to Computers--57 students
  • Adobe Photoshop--36 students
  • Adobe InDesign--45 students