Training & EducationEducation is a top priority in St. Lucie County. The mission of St. Lucie County Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. The school district has 19 elementary schools, 12 K-8 schools, 3 middle schools and 6 high schools. Fairlawn and F.K. Sweet Elementary Schools are traditional academic, multicultural magnet schools. Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (K-8) is a unique arts magnet school which interweaves traditional academics with an arts curriculum that features music, art, dance and drama. Lincoln Park Academy (6-12) is a high achieving public academic school. St. Lucie County Public Schools also offers 3 charter schools, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, Nau Charter School and Renaissance Charter School (all K-8).
St. Lucie County also boasts four outstanding post-secondary institutions which are key partners in the continuing development of the Research Coast region and the Green Economy in St. Lucie County.
Indian River State College (IRSC) has earned a statewide and national reputation for excellence. Dedicated to the success of each student, IRSC offers more than 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas. With five Treasure Coast campuses and convenient online classes, IRSC provides quality education to over 33,000 people each year. IRSC offers six Bachelor degrees, including Human Services, Organizational Management, Nursing, Biology, Teacher Education and Digital Media. Opportunities abound for Associate in Arts or Science degrees as well as Career Training Programs.
IRSC has recently been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Grant of nearly $70,000 to plan the nation’s first advanced nuclear technology training center. IRSC will partner with Florida Power & Light Company and other nuclear industry members across the nation to develop a comprehensive plan that outlines the nuclear industry’s workforce needs and the capabilities of a new National Center for Nuclear Energy Education and Training. The facility will be designed to serve as a centralized state-of-the-art location for all aspects of nuclear energy education, helping to meet the national need for 41,000 trained nuclear technicians by 2030.
IRSC is also embarking on a new 65,000 alternative energy center. With state and national incentives to convert renewable energy sources, the green industry offers a wide range of attractive business opportunities. To assist entrepreneurs in this and other emerging fields such as nanotechnology, photonics and robotics, IRSC is constructing the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCIE) on the Main Campus.
The three-story energy efficient Center will house a Virtual Incubator, Market Analysis Lab, Entrepreneurial Development Suite and Strategic Planning Suite with support services for fledgling high-tech firms. Home to the College’s Energy Institute, the CIE will feature Alternative and Nuclear Energies Laboratories, and a Sustainable Building Design Lab for the College’s highly successful solar energy program.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) serves St. Lucie County residents at its Treasure Coast Campus located in Port St. Lucie. The campus offers upper-division degree programs to transfer and graduate students in disciplines such as nursing, education, computer science and geomatics engineering. The campus includes state-of-the art classroom technology and a library combining FAU, IRSC and St. Lucie County materials and resources.
In 2007, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute became a research institute of Florida Atlantic University, paving the way to expand opportunities in ocean technology, coastal and deep sea exploration and research, marine biotechnology, aquaculture, ocean and human health, and marine science education.
The University of Florida’s Indian River Research and Education Center is known internationally for cutting-edge research and a high quality educational program offered to students who commute to the center from a five county region. Bachelor's degree programs in Agribusiness Management and in Environmental Management are available to students with an Associate in Arts degree. Master's degree programs include Agricultural Education and Communication, Entomology, Environmental Horticulture, and Environmental Science. Certificate programs include Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Education and Communication, and Entomology.
Florida State University - Regional Medical School Campus
As a community-based medical school, the Florida State University College of Medicine provides 3rd and 4th year clinical training at regional medical school campuses around the state through affiliations with local physicians, ambulatory care facilities and hospitals. At the Regional Medical School Campus in Fort Pierce is located on the IRSC main campus. Clerkship directors from the Treasure Coast area direct the students’ rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and emergency medicine.
Green Collar Training Center
The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has partnered with eight building trade organizations and Workforce Solutions of the Treasure Coast to create this new green apprenticeship and training facility. The County donated 12,500 square feet of warehouse space, the building trades paid for the materials to build the classrooms and shop and also donated all of the labor. Workforce Solutions helped secure a $500,000 grant to provide the training center coordinator.