CHOICE Institutes

CHOICE is an innovative, award-winning program that allows students to earn high school credit, college credit and professional industry certification, all at the same time and at no cost to the student.

The goal of the program is to foster a partnership with the business community, ensuring that students acquire the skills they need to be competitive in the workplace now and in the future.

As more and more jobs require advanced technical skills, employers are willing to pay higher wages to those with industry certification. CHOICE Institutes provide the training and the opportunity for students to earn real-world certification. This leads to more and better job opportunities, whether or not the student continues on to complete college.

The Okaloosa County School District created the CHOICE program five years ago, with start-up funds from the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. CHOICE has been declared a model for career education by the US Department of Labor and has been the recipient of many awards. The program is now being replicated in many different counties across Florida.

There are currently four CHOICE Institutes available in the county, with more to follow in the coming years:

Aerospace Institute:

Offers Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University credits and FAA-approved training and certification.

Location: Choctawhatchee High School and Crestview High School

Construction Technology Institute: 

Location: OATC Common Campus and Crestview High School

Creative Arts Institute:

Location: OATC Common Campus

Allied Health Institute/Engineering:

Offers pre-engineering courses.

Location: Choctawhatchee High School

Information Technology (IT) Institute

Offers certification from Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe and Macromedia

Location: Niceville High School, Crestview High School, Fort Walton Beach High School, Baker School, Choctawhatchee HS

To learn more about the CHOICE Institutes in Okaloosa County, click here or contact: 

Patti Bonezzi
Program Director, Career/Technical Education
(850) 833-5876