The Ford Next Generation Learning Community Program has given Bay schools a special designation. Bay District Schools are one of eight school districts that have earned the designation.
After receiving a grant the Career Technical Education, or CTE, in Bay schools created a master plan to increase career academies within schools.
The opportunity to expand allows students access to new career academies and a chance at a brighter future.
Academies like CommTech, culinary arts, and fashion design offer several certifications.
Students and teachers had an opportunity to see it first hand at a showcase in the Panama City Mall Tuesday night.
News13 asked student and teachers what they had to say about the programs.
"You know there are a lot of different types of students that are going in a lot of different directions," said Scott Roberts, an Arnold High School guidance counselor. "So, we can actually get them going in a particular career direction that they are interested in and even get them industry certifications at times."
"It would be helpful for them to be able to understand everything ahead of time so that they can be more prepared for college," said Tasha Duong, a Rutherford student.
"Through this academy we hope that we can teach them a skill and they can earn the credentials necessary to earn a living for themselves following high school in little or no time in education," said Lebarron Black, a teacher at Rutherford High School.
"It's helping me prepare for what's out there," said Rutherford student Josie Gore. "Most jobs today are computers based, so being in a computer based technology program is one of the best things that could happen."
Members of the CTE board will celebrate Bay's designation at a Workforce Education Summit Wednesday March 6th.