The Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative presents Civics Career Academies

The Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative is part of the greater Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative launched in July 2021. The goal of the initiative is to create Civics Career Academies in local high schools to create a pathway for students to work in the public sector.

Students who participate in the Academies will have the opportunity to earn an industry certification in Project Management and earn credit towards their A.S. degree at Polk State College. The four courses in the Academies are:

  • Public Service Leadership – Learn how leadership is practiced and experienced in the public sector.
  • Public Service Careers and Communication – Discover the broad range of careers in the public service and nonprofit sectors. The course will align with the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative to incorporate the communication and debate skills needed to advocate within the government and non-profit organizations.
  • Public Service Experiential Learning and Project Management – Complete an industry certification through Certiport called PMI Project Management Ready™.
  • Public Service Research – Address public sector issues by completing a research project that will culminate in a substantive research paper and presentation of findings to a stakeholder audience.