Who We Are
Workforce Advantage Academy is an Orange County Public Charter School that has only 11th and 12th grade students. Its major focus is preparing students for graduation from high school and providing them with work experience through paid internship opportunities that prepare them for the world of work. Belinda Jones, principal of WAA, is, ultimately, responsible for the overall academic performance of the students at WAA.
She has instituted the academy’s instructional system, which combines academics and industry education that comply with the Florida Sunshine Standards and meet the needs of students, families, businesses and the Orange County School District. Ken Hartsaw often says “We offer a private school environment at public school price – free.”
Job development is an important part of the Workforce Academy model. WAA develops entry-level jobs that accommodate students ability to earn while you learn. Coordinating and facilitating the relationship between the business partners, students, faculty, families and the School District, is the Chief Operations Officer Carl Merrell.
Student holistic development
Our students develop the academic, employment and social skills that they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change in their communities.
Dedicated team of education professionals
Workforce Advantage Academy is operated by a dedicated team of education professionals, with no ties to a management company.
Experiential learning opportunities
Experiential learning opportunities allow students to achieve academic excellence, employment success and social responsibility.
Provides students with work experience
Workforce Advantage Academy Charter School, an Orange County Public High School, offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn while they learn. Students spend half their time in a paid job, gaining valuable work experience while earning school credit as an elective for the internship.
WORKFORCE SUCCESS STORIES
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.