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Laurel Hill School - Laurel Hill

The Gulf Power Institute at Laurel Hill School was first opened in August 2005 at the Laurel Hill School, a kindergarten through 12th grade school in north Okaloosa County. The Institute features a curriculum based on the Industrial Electricity and Applied Welding curriculum from National Center for Construction and Education Research

The Institute is part of Okaloosa County's Community High Okaloosa Institute for Career Education program, a real world experience available within Okaloosa Schools to those who want to get right to learning an industry segment of their choice.

Students enrolled in any Okaloosa high school - public, private or charter, may participate in CHOICE courses. CHOICE is also open to home schooled students and students from other counties. A student must have a 2.5 grade point average (or be especially recommended by his or her principal). CHOICE Institutes are also located at Crestview High School, Choctawatchee High School, Niceville High School, the Common Campus of the University of West Florida and Okaloosa Schools near Fort Walton Beach.

The Laurel Hill Institute's features include:

  • Curriculum guidance and resource acquisition support from Gulf Power Company.
  • Career Nights for Families in Laurel Hill to learn of careers in the electric utility industry and how students can best prepare for those careers.
  • Gulf Power employees as guest speakers in the classroom.
  • Field trips to various Gulf Power facilities.
  • A future mentor program where each student is matched with a Gulf Power employee in a position of interest to the student.
  • Future on-the-job training opportunities.
  • Coordination with CHELCO on career opportunities for graduates.