Traviss Career Center
3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863.499.2700
Fax: 863.499.2706

Dr. Wayne Dickens

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step in enrolling in Traviss?

A prospective student would come to Traviss and register. They would then meet with a counselor to determine program requirements and student's needs.

What does TABE stand for?

Test of Adult Basic Education.

Does an entering student have to take the TABE to enroll?

Not necessarily, If you have an A.A. or A.S. degree or higher  from an accredited institution or you are enrolling in a program less than 450 hours in length, you are not required to take the TABE test.

How much does it cost to take the TABE?

$15.00 cash, check, or credit card for adults, free for high school students. All students need a photo I.D.
Testing fees are non-refundable.

How long is the TABE?

The complete process can take up to 2 hours. The test itself has 4 sections: Reading, Math Computation, Applied Math and Language.

Where can I find materials to help me study for the TABE?

When can I take the TABE?

The TABE is offered on the Traviss campus every Tuesday 7:45 a.m. and 5:30pm and every Thursday at 7:30am. Please arrive 15 minutes before test time to register. Testing will only be offered in the mornings during the summer.

Does an entering student have to pass the TABE?

The TABE test is not a pass or fail test. It is used to determine the grade level of a participant in a particular program. If the participant is not at grade level, they may still enter a program but will need remediation before a certificate of program completion can be awarded.

Is TABE remediation offered?

TABE remediation is offered on-line. Please call or email Bonita Ruffin at (863) 499-2700 for additional information.

Does Traviss take other institutions TABE scores?

As long as the TABE test was taken within the last 2 years and the scores are sent directly to Traviss, then the TABE scores are acceptable.

When do I get the results of the TABE?

The test is given on the computer and results are available upon completion of the test.

Can I work on a GED during the day without taking other classes?

The student can work on GED preparation only through the night program or the GED Online preparation program. High school students have the District Diploma option that includes GED preparation. This is typically a 2 year program.

What is the total cost of attending Traviss?

Each individual program at Traviss has a breakdown of various costs which includes: tuition, application fee, lab fee, books, materials, parking decal, I.D. badge, uniforms, professional association dues, and certification. Each programs total cost will vary.

Do high school students pay to attend Traviss?

The cost for a high school student varies for each program. High school students are not charged tuition or application fees. However, other fees do apply.

Does Traviss offer financial aid?

Traviss does offer financial aid for adult students who qualify and have established financial need.

Does Traviss offer loans?


What programs do you offer?

Traviss offers a wide range of programs in various subject areas. They are:  Academic Education, Adult General Education, Architecture & Construction Careers, Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Careers, Business Management & Administration Careers, Health Science Careers, Hospitality & Tourism Careers, Human Services Careers, Manufacturing Careers, Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Careers and various other specialized programs.

Tell me about the programs at Traviss.

A brochure with a listing of the high school and adult programs is available in Student Services at Traviss. A prospective student is welcome to come in and talk to the counselor or call 499-2700 for information.

What is the length of my program?

The length of programs vary depending upon the number of competency requirements. The catalog and the Traviss brochure defines the program by hours.

What do I receive when I complete a program?

If a student completes the program in good standing and has met all requirements for the program, the student will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Will I earn college credit?

There are programs, for example, Computer Systems Technology, Legal Administrative Specialist, Medical Administrative Specialist, and Administrative Assistant that have articulation agreements with community colleges to determine the level of college credit that may be given.

Is Traviss part of the Polk County School System? Does Traviss follow the same calendar?

Traviss is a Polk County Public School. It does follow the district calendar.

What high school grades does Traviss serve?

Traviss Career Center serves junior and senior high school students.

Can my 15 year old child attend Traviss?

A student must be at least 16 years old to enter the high school program at Traviss.

Can a high school student attend night classes?


What is the difference in taking day and night classes?

Traviss offers more programs during the day where the student would attend class 5 days per week, 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The night programs are either 2 nights per week or 4 nights per week depending on the program, Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm. Most night programs require a longer period of time to complete.

When do the classes start?

The majority of the programs start in August of each year. However, many classes are open-entry/open-exit allowing students to start throughout the year.

Does Traviss have a dress code?

Yes. Day programs require uniforms and/or safety apparel. The Center also follows the guidelines set by the School Board of Polk County's Code of Student Conduct.

Does Traviss offer free or reduced lunch?

Free breakfast and lunch is provided to ALL high school students at Traviss Career Center for the 2014-2015 school year.

Is job placement available?

An On-the-Job (OJT) Coordinator, working through Student Services assists current and former students in finding employment. Instructors also assist with placement through business and industry contacts.