PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR: Mr. Derrick Gaines
Phone: (813) 558-1750
Fax: (813) 558-1761
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM M
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Tue - F
Uniforms: Career Uniforms
Before School Program: No
After School Program: No
To provide an opportunity for students to earn a high school diploma, and a chance to develop career skills, in a safe and caring environment.
To provide all students who meet program criteria the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to realize their potential.
The overall purpose of Hillsborough County Career Centers is to provide quality performance based career preparation programs and training facilities for at-risk youth. These centers will serve students who are not succeeding academically at one of the district’s comprehensive high schools, or who are over-aged middle school students. The centers will NOT duplicate the comprehensive high school model that the district has successfully implemented and maintained nor will they directly compete with or duplicate the existing career academies. Students enroll in a Career Center by choice. They and their parent(s)/guardian(s) believe that training in one of the career programs offered is the right option. Students and parents are counseled as to the entrance criteria, exit options, and other graduation options offered in Hillsborough County.
• Provide students with an opportunity to earn a performance based high school diploma.
• Any student who is at least one grade behind in school and who does not have a history of severe behavior problems may apply.
• Students have four exit options.
• Bus transportation is provided for students living North of Bush Boulevard to the Pasco County Line and East of U.S. 301 to the Pinellas County Line.
• After graduation students can enter the workforce, enroll in a community college or attend advance technical training in an adult technical career center.
• Competitive athletic teams, clubs, organizations, extra-curricular, or co-curricular activities are not available at the career center.
• ESE and ELL students referred to the Career Center will be considered on an individual basis.
Brief History and Background of the School:
Bowers/Whitley Career Center was first established in 2004 and named after Mrs. RoseAnne Bowers, former Assistant Superintendent for Technical, Career, and Adult Education in Hillsborough County, and Mr. Roger Whitley, successful businessman and community supporter. This school is one of four career centers in Hillsborough County. Our school colors are Royal Blue, Carolina Blue, and white. Our school symbol/mascot is a Viking.
Bowers/Whitley Career Center student admission is based on the standard criteria listed below.
Exceptions are reviewed by administration on an individual basis.
• Student must be eligible for 9th grade
• Over age middle school students that are assigned by the district
• Students on track or behind in credits and/or below 2.0 GPA
• Students with sufficient time to complete graduation requirements based on 9th grade cohort and age
• Has no record of aggressive behavior or severe discipline problems
• Willing to commit to workplace training in one of the career clusters offered at the Career Center
• Capable of performing the functions required for jobs associated with the chosen career clusters
• Willing to work toward a standard diploma based on the State of Florida ACCEL graduation requirements
• Willing to transfer to the Career Center campus and maintain daily attendance