By Bill Husfelt, Superintendent, Bay District Schools
When most people think of Bay District Schools, they think of schools for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade but did you know we also run a very successful technical college? Tom P. Haney Technical College offers hands-on learning programs to hundreds of students each year, and their graduates are employed throughout Bay County, the state of Florida, and really across our nation.
While the Haney Technical College programs are geared towards adults and those interested in learning new careers, the college also welcomes new high school graduates who are interested in learning a trade or getting a head start in the work world with an industry certification. While many of our new graduates are ready to go off to college or university to pursue degrees, others aren’t sure yet about what they want to do, and Haney can offer some amazing alternatives to the traditional college route.
Currently, according to industry experts, students who graduate with industry certifications in areas like welding, HVAC, and airframe mechanics can expect to be offered salaries in the $50,000-$100,000 range with zero experience. It’s hard to argue with that math! You can read more about salaries for those options at https://financesonline.com/trade-school-college-statistics.
So, please take a few minutes this week to share the Haney options with the high school graduates in your families, neighborhoods, and churches… we want to make sure as many students as possible take advantage of these amazing programs right here at home, and we need your help to spread the word. For a comprehensive list of all of the courses and certifications offered at Haney, go to www.haney.edu.
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