The academically rigorous high-school engineering program initially started at the Choctawhatchee High School in August 2003. Engineering classes are offered to selected high school students who show a high aptitude and serious interest in advanced sciences and mathematics. There are many evidences and community praises to support the success and benefits of the program. More details of the program and activities can be found a http://www.uwf.edu/chspe/
Statistical data shows increasing demands for engineers in the Northwest Florida region due to increase in scientific activities at two of the largest Navy and Air Force bases in the nation. This trend seems to be the case at the national level as well. The National Science Board conducted a scientific study and predicted an increasing demand for engineers over the next few years. In an effort to increase outreach activities and promote engineering, the University of West Florida signed a unique articulation agreement with the Okaloosa School District to offer high-school engineering program for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The goal of this program is develop a pipe line of well prepared high school students for future workforce in engineering and/or science.