Florida Construction News staff writer
The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) received $3 million from the State Legislature to support the construction of the building to house the CFK Academy collegiate high school. The structure will also serve as the college’s Emergency Operations Center.
The 7,000-sq.-ft. building, being constructed by Ajax Building Company, will be located on the college’s Key West Campus and construction is expected to be completed in December 2022. Students will be offered a high school experience with additional perks of being part of the college, including the opportunity to earn an associate degree and industry credentials alongside a high school diploma.
“Buildings are more than just physical spaces. At CFK, they represent safe havens; they help to instill confidence; they provide opportunity,” CFK president and CEO Jonathan Gueverra said in a statement. “With this facility, we hope to decrease the number of individuals whose access to top level STEM and career technical education is limited.”
The CFK Academy will be a part of the college community; however, it will have its own space, including 24/7 security and a designated school resource officer. The school will also maintain the standard technological and curriculum requirements for the state.
“In 2019, Governor DeSantis set a goal of making Florida the number one state in the nation for workforce education by 2030,” said Gueverra. “We can get there, but it will take a combined effort that allows for education, training, retraining, lifelong learning, and refocusing our efforts to educate all individuals.
“It will take innovation, creativity and adequate resources. This CFK Academy is a step in that direction.”