Financial Program at Dwyer

Here is Why The Financial Program at Dwyer Makes [Cents]
Posted on 02/25/2019
Students at the Dwyer Financial Program

The Academy of Finance at William T. Dwyer High School was established in 1992 as one of the first Magnet Programs in Palm Beach County. It is one of several model programs established to promote educational excellence by the National Academy Foundation.

NAF was founded by Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc., as a partnership between business leaders and educators. The Academy of Finance motivates students to complete a financial-oriented high school curriculum to develop career goals and to pursue higher education.

The Finance program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for college or careers in business and finance. Emphasis is placed on a college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the financial world. Students participate in mentorships, career shadowing, and internship programs that link the resources of business, economics, and finance to education and to the students.

The Academy delivers a challenging, comprehensive business curriculum while also developing time management and goal-setting skills that prepare students to continue their education and enter the competitive workforce of the future.

“One of the best parts of the Academy of Finance at William T. Dwyer High School is that the skills and content that you learn in these classes are transferable to not only a number of industries, but to your personal life as well,” said Emily Ferris, the school’s Choice Academy Coordinator.

“You do not have to go out and only become a banker or an accountant. You can marry your love of sports, arts or entertainment with business and finance and have a career in administration in those industries. You can be more knowledgeable personally, managing your own finances, hopefully avoiding stress in the future by having this solid foundation.”

The program gives high school students an opportunity to gain an understanding of the financial industry and to study business ownership, finance, economics, and accounting. In addition, students learn presentation and business communication skills. Emphasis is placed upon college preparatory curriculum that is directly linked to the business world.

All students applying to these programs must meet the following eligibility criteria: 2.5 GPA, motivation to study Business, Finance, or Entrepreneurship, and motivation to learn professional skills including leadership, presentation, and professional attire.

The businesses partners that support the Academy’s success include Florida Power & Light, NextEra Energy, Chick-fil-A, First Citizens Bank, OneBlood, and Foundation for Dwyer AOF.

Additional benefits of the Academy include:

  • Industry Certification - All students have the option to earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification including proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These skills are integrated into all grade levels.
  • Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) - The largest national student organization provides opportunities to develop career goals and to promote civic and personal responsibility. Students attend various leadership conferences around the state.
  • Project-Based Learning / Career Field Trips - Students use knowledge to complete “real-life scenarios.” For example, juniors work with Florida Power & Light and NextEra executives on a seven-month financial analyst project.


Photo Credit: Picture taken by Thomas Winter, Florida Commercial Photographer

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