Rafael is 16 and has excelled in the Energy Academy at Traviss. Rafael competed in the Skills USA competition and placed fourth overall in the regionals. He placed with very high scores from the written test as well as the hands-on portion of the competition. Rafael is an honor roll student and has plans of opening his own electrical contractors business in the future.
Lakeland Electric Energy Academy Overview
Lakeland Electric is a proud partner with the Polk County School Board in creating the Energy Academy program at Traviss Career Center.
Lakeland Electric offers opportunities in a variety of technical positions in Production (generating plants), Delivery (wires, poles, substations), Customer Service (meter reading, call center), and more. These are good solid careers for which students can apply following graduation. We offer competitive wages, excellent benefits and pride of work in these technical careers. There are also many opportunities to grow and develop for future leadership positions. Lakeland Electric is continually looking for qualified applicants. The goal of developing this Energy Academy is to help students prepare for positions while they’re still in high school. This develops a pipeline of qualified applicants for the utility industry. In addition, this Academy will provide students with an excellent foundation to compete for a variety of careers in other trades and industries such as construction and manufacturing.
Students in the Lakeland Electric Energy Academy will be exposed to the electric utility industry structure, processes and terminology. In addition, they will gain a solid understanding of industrial electricity. Students graduating from the Lakeland Electric Energy Academy will have key insights into the many entry-level positions throughout the utility.
Lakeland Electric’s commitment to the Energy Academy at Traviss Career Center is strong. This program is important for Lakeland Electric and the surrounding communities. Not only will it provide our company a pathway to future job candidates, but it will benefit students by providing them the academic tools and technical skills they need to be successful in a variety of careers.
Transportation is available to students zoned for the following high schools – Fort Meade, Bartow, Mulberry, Lakeland, Kathleen, Lake Gibson, Tenoroc & Auburndale.
- Resume Writing
- Interview Skills Development
- Team Building Skills
- Job Safety
- Blue Print Reading
- Group and Individual Projects
- Mentoring, Job Shadowing and On-The-Job Training
- Industry Certification
- Academic Requirements for Graduation or GED Performance-Based Diploma