Jackson County, Circuit 14
5270 Ezell Road, Graceville, Florida 32440 Phone: (850) 263-7550
Fax: (850) 263-7685
The DOVE Vocational Academy is a 50-bed moderate risk residential program for girls ages 15-18 years who are in need of vocational skills. The emphasis on the program is to develop a career plan for the youth by providing trade specific vocational training, employability skills and seamless transitional services into the programming. The four vocational tracks offered are building trades, commercial foods, computer systems technology and landscaping. The youth will be linked to the One Stop Career Center in her community for job placement; or she can continue her education to any vocational/technical center in Florida as she earns occupation completions points while in the program. At the conclusion of the program the youth is provided tools of the trade through the Workforce Investment Act youth incentive funding program, is certified in a vocational/technical career, has attained employability skills, has work experience, and has developed a career portfolio demonstrating all these skills and experience. An appointment is established with a counselor at the One Stop Career Center in the youth's community, at which time she is able to share the portfolio and determine appropriate placement. This is a therapeutic community combined with cognitive behavioral model. BHOS (Behavioral Health Overlay Services) services are available, however youth who are physically aggressive, have serious mental health issues or educational limitations are not considered appropriate for placement. The average length of stay is 8-11 months.