Academy of Business Technology



 Amanda Francis
407-354-2640 ext. 5282423

Fredrick Whitermore
407-354-2640 ext. 5282413

Career & Professional Education Act (CAPE)

The Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007 with the intent to improve Florida’s talent pipeline in order to better attract and retain targeted, high-value industries and to develop a knowledge-based economy. It seeks to ensure that education, industry, workforce and economic development partners in every community are collaborating to create new and meaningful opportunities for students. By providing students with cutting-edge training and earned industry certifications required for high-skill, high-wage jobs in Florida’s target and infrastructure industries, CAPE supports diversification of the state economy.

CAPE Objectives

  • To improve middle and high school academic performance by providing rigorous and relevant curriculum opportunities.
  • To provide rigorous and relevant career‐themed courses that articulate to postsecondary‐level coursework and lead to industry certification.
  • To support local and regional economic development.
  • To respond to Florida's critical workforce needs.
  • To provide state residents with access to high‐wage and high‐demand careers

Westridge Middle School Offerings

Computer Applications in Business 1 and 2 (7
th grade)

Introduction to Information Technology (8th grade)

High school credit course

Industry Certification – CIW Internet Business AssociateMiddle School Image

Articulated Credit with Valencia College


What is Industry Certification?

It’s a voluntary process through which individuals are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using pre-determined standards for knowledge, skills and compentencies, resulting in the ward at a time-limited credential that is nationally recognized.


The Intro to Information Technology students here at Westridge Middle will have the opportunity to earn the CIW Internet Business Associate (IBA).The Intro to Information Technology students here at Freedom Middle will have the opportunity to earn the CIW Internet Business Associate (IBA). The CIW Internet Business Associate course prepares students to work effectively in today's business environment. In this course, students will learn about the tasks involved in various Web Technology job roles, and the skills and technologies to perform them. The career opportunities that demand these common Web-based skills are endless.Information Technology Room