From teaching the deaf to piloting a plane, St. Augustine offers career paths no matter what your dream. The city’s only four-year university, Flagler College was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the South’s best baccalaureate colleges.
The liberal arts school was founded as a memorial to Henry Morrison Flagler, who built the 19th-century lavish getaway Hotel Ponce de Leon, now a residence hall and the campus’ historic centerpiece. Students at the liberal arts school can choose from dozens of courses of study, including sport management, graphic design and accounting. The school also offers a deaf education major through a state-approved teacher education program nationally certified by the Council on Education of the Deaf.
The curriculum gives students the option of dual certification in other education programs, and graduates of this program often go on to teach at the Florida School for the Deaf, also located in St. Augustine. For students whose skill sets lie in the massage field, First Coast Technical College has a new program to train future therapists. The 750-hour program covers all aspects from professional ethics to anatomy. But it’s much more than massage – the college also offers programs in welding, firefighting, culinary arts and cosmetology, to name a few.
If you want your career to literally take off, the Florida Aviation Career Training offers instruction in the flying of Cessna and Piper aircrafts. Enrollment is available all year long, and students work toward gaining their pilot’s license in the air and through classroom activities. St. Augustine has a cornucopia of opportunities for younger students as well, with 10 public elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and two charter schools – as well as several brand new schools throughout the district under construction. Liberty Pines Academy broke ground in October 2007 and opened its first phase in August 2008, becoming the city’s first K-8 school.