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Cadet Program

The Public Works Cadet training incorporates an introduction to the varied fields under the umbrella of Public Works and Utilities into our Cadet Program.  These 14 career fields are shown in the course wheel below.

This program is often referred to as the Public Works Academy and is held at Pinellas Technical College located at 901 34th Street South – Across from Gibbs High School.

This introduction to the career will provide you with a general knowledge of the different functions of public administration, local government, public works, utilities and the job opportunities and paths for future professional development. Students also receive industry certifications as discussed below, field trips and an internship.

The program is held in a hybrid format of up to 50% percent online/distance learning. The Public Works program is offered at Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg Campus. For the official program description click here.

Interested in what you will be learning, check out the Florida Department of Education’s Framework for the Public Works Program; a Career Certificate Program.

Interested in Registering or Learning More About the Cadet Program?

If so, please contact the Pinellas Technical College – Department of Student Services https://www.pcsb.org/domain/1893. There you can contact the Guidance Counselor over our program (Debbi Humbel) and the Financial Aid Department.

Please feel free to visit the Public Works Academy’s Financial Resources Page.

Career Wheel

Industry Certifications

As the course progresses you will move beyond the basics and into a wide variety of career choices. The APWA identifies 14 career fields making up the larger field of public works.

Also, our externship program provides on-the-job training experiences to help you in deciding on a specific career path in public works.

You’ll find that potential employers view a PWA Certificate of Completion as proof of your commitment to self-improvement and evidence of your knowledge of Public Works Skills.

You will have the opportunity to complete industry certifications that will assist in building a professional resume.

Other Programs through the Public Works Academy

Apprenticeship Program

Continuing Education Program

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