Meet the Principal

  • Derrick GainesHello, my name is Derrick Gaines and I am the proud principal of the Building Construction Academy at Bowers/Whitley. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that supports academics and social growth. 

    The Building Construction Academy is looking for motivated vocationally-driven students who are looking to gain knowledge in the areas of automotive, construction, and plumbing. Any student who chooses to enroll at the Building Construction Academy at Bowers/Whitley must commit to one of our Career and Technical Education programs (Automotive, Construction, or Plumbing) in order to be eligible to attend. 

    Please strongly consider us to be your place of study for your career preparation for the workforce and your future job success.

School Overview

  • PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR:  Mr. Derrick Gaines

    Phone:  (813) 558-1750
    Fax:  (813) 558-1761

    Student Hours:
    Monday (Early Release): 8:30 a.m. to 2:04 p.m.
    Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Uniforms: No Uniforms

    Before School Program: No
    After-School Program: No

  • Vision
    Building Champions for Careers and for Life

    To provide students with not only their high school diploma but hands-on learning opportunities and industry-focused knowledge to excel in the building construction workforce.