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$30,000 Donation Sparks Leto and Middleton Electrical Programs!

April 29, 2020 - Partners in Education

Build Tampa Bay has partnered with the Brink Foundation on a $30,000 donation to support students interested in high-demand jobs in the construction industry. Leto High and Middleton High will each receive $15,000 to purchase equipment and other tools for their Electrical programs.

“Hillsborough Schools is cultivating a talented work force who will literally build the future of Tampa Bay,” said Steve Cona, HCPS School Board Member and president/CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. “This donation and support through Build Tampa Bay will go a long way to preparing our students for life as well as fulfilling high-paying careers.”

The Build Tampa Bay Foundation was created to encourage high school students to explore career opportunities in construction-related fields—an industry which will continue to see record demand in years to come. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skilled worker shortage is expected to grow to 1.6 million workers in the construction industry by 2022.

Middleton High seeks to help bridge that gap by providing students with post-secondary options through its construction courses. Their program is so popular that the school just hired a second teacher to help lead more than 260 students.

“The sky’s the limit,” says Kyle Thompson, Middleton High’s Construction teacher. “I have contractors constantly asking me to recommend students they can hire for jobs such as construction of the Amazon and Advent Health facilities.”

Build Tampa Bay’s annual trade show and job fair, which successfully connects students with local employers looking for new talent, was set to take place on April 29 at the Straz Center but was canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.

Despite the event cancellation, Build Tampa Bay hosted a Press Conference Zoom Call to encourage high school seniors looking for immediate employment in this high-demand industry to reach out to Build Tampa Bay for support and job prospects. Even as the economy faces uncertainty during a pandemic, the construction market was one of the only areas in the American economy to add jobs.

School leaders believe connecting our talented learners with local construction businesses will not only help graduates find immediate jobs, but also help our local economy.

“I want to commend the Build Tampa Bay Foundation for providing our learners with the valuable tools they need to be career ready,” said HCPS Superintendent, Addison Davis. “Our students will gain world-class knowledge that will translate into high-demand careers—even during this unprecedented time in our community.”

Stephanie Millman is anxious to upgrade her Electricity facility at Leto High.

“I plan to incorporate a more innovative approach such as simulations,” said Millman, Leto High’s Electrical teacher. “I want to make this as enjoyable and memorable of an experience as possible for the students.”

Electrical, plumbing and dry wall companies looking to hire!

Students interested in apprenticeships and career opportunities should apply at and click on the Candidate Application icon.

View the full press conference at