• Building Tampa's Tomorrow

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools will create two new high schools and a technical college all dedicated to a specific area of workforce development. This is unlike anything that has occurred in our region, a truly innovative approach to education. All three academies will be completely devoted to preparing students for the medical or construction field.

    The medical and the construction field have been identified as high-need areas in our community. Our district is preparing our students specifically for these highly sought-after careers while simultaneously meeting the needs of our local businesses.

    Instead of constructing three brand new facilities for this trailblazing project, we will be utilizing spaces across our district that are not being utilized to their fullest capacity. We will redesign those spaces to fit the needs of each new academy.

Phase I: Development of D.W. Waters Medical Academy, Grades 9-12

  • Phase I - Development of D.W. Waters Medical Academy, Grades 9-12

    Planning and design for the Medical Academy at D.W. Waters is underway! In partnership with Tampa Bay Area medical organizations and businesses, Hillsborough County Public Schools has launched into converting the existing D.W. Waters Career Center into a state-of-the-art Medical Academy.

    The selection process for the design team is in progress. Once selected, the team will meet with our local partners to discuss specifications for housing labs and facilities for the following courses of study:

    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Laboratory Assisting
    • EKG Aide/Technician
    • Allied Health Assisting

    These unique fields will provide students with experiences and the opportunity to earn industry certifications which will prepare them to enter the Tampa Bay Area workforce immediately upon graduation.

    The Medical Academy at D.W. Waters is scheduled to open its doors for the 2023–2024 school year. More information regarding construction progress as well as student and staff applications will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Phase II: Development/Expansion of Bowers/Whitley Building and Construction Academy, Grades 9 12

  • Programs of Study

    • A/C Refrigeration, Heating Technology (HVAC) (The National Center for Construction Education & Research [NCCER] Certification
    • Building Construction
    • Phase II - Development/Expansion of Bowers/Whitley Building and Construction Academy, Grades 9-12Electricity
    • Plumbing
    • Augmented Reality/ Visualization
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Energy and Environmental Design
    • Estimators
    • Excavating
    • Framing/ Drywall
    • Masonry
    • Modeling
    • Professionalism in the workplace
    • Solar Power
    • Water Infrastructure / Treatment

Phase III: Development Preparation for Brewster Medical Technical College (BMTC)

  • Phase III - Development Preparation for Brewster Medical Technical College

    As the Medical Academy at D.W. Waters opens for Grades 9-12 for the 2023–2024 academic year, Hillsborough County Public Schools will dive into planning for the Post-Secondary Brewster Medical Technical College! This unique facility will provide not only a state-of-the-art pathway for in-depth medical training but will also provide continuity for our students as they graduate from the Medical Academy at D.W. Waters. Brewster students will work hand-in-hand with local medical businesses and organizations, with on-the-job training and instruction. Students graduating from Brewster Medical Technical College will be prepared to immediately further their careers with immediate job opportunities or continuing their studies at higher education institutions.

    The Brewster Medical Technical College is scheduled to open its doors for the 2023–2024 school year. More information regarding planning and design will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!


News Conference Introducing Building Tampa’s Tomorrow

In Depth with Davis – Workforce Development

Excitement Mounts over Building Tampa’s Tomorrow

40 for the Future

  • One of the next steps is to get our students excited about these new academies and all the opportunities they will bring.

    With that in mind, we are creating a series of 40 videos called “40 for the Future”. These videos will show our students potential career opportunities in the medical and construction fields across the Tampa Bay area. The “40 for the Future” videos will be shown to our middle and high school students beginning in April 2022 on their school morning shows.

Community Partners

  • AAA Restoration & Builders LLC.   BAL Engineering Inc.   BayCare   Beck logo   DC Archetecture & Planning logo   Carastro & Associates, Inc. logo   HomeWell Care Services   Horus logo   Sol Design Studio LLC logo   Walbridge logo