At the 1993 Palm Beach County Economic Summit, two industries were recognized as experiencing expansion in Palm Beach County: Film & Television Industry and Marine Industry. To help these industries to grow and prosper in Palm Beach County, the Board of County Commissioners, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Community College, and other institutions and organizations associated with each industry sought ways to provide support. This ultimately resulted in the development of educational programs geared toward the creation of a specialized labor force that could meet the demand of employers in these industries. These skilled training programs are:
Film & TV Tech Prep Program
Film, Television & Video Technology Program is available in some middle and high schools and has a high student enrollment. This program creates a pathway for students to continue their education at a post-secondary or college institution and prepares them to enter the film and television production workforce. The students have the opportunity to show their film production and artistic work at the Palm Beach International Film Festival every year and to have hands-on experience through internship opportunities. For additional information contact:
The School District of Palm Beach County concerning the Film, Television & Video Technology Program.
Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, Inc. regarding the Film & Television Industry in Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach International Film Festival on student internships.
Marine Tech Prep Program
Marine Technology Academy, a four-year magnet program, is available at the Palm Beach Lakes Community High School and has had over 200 students enrolled. This program provides students with technical and administrative skills to enter the marine industry workforce in Palm Beach County and prepares a pathway to a post-secondary training. The program provides hands-on experience through its
floating classroom, a modern custom-made vessel equipped with environmental electronic research equipment. The students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Palm Beach County Boat Show every year.