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Tampa, Florida – Center Academy has again been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Tampa Bay Times. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“For more than a decade, the Top Workplaces award has helped organizations stand out among their competitors to attract talent,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “This differentiation is more important than ever in today’s tight labor market. Establishing a continuous conversation with employees so you have a deep understanding of your unique culture is proven to help achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. No longer is recognition simply a much-deserved cause for celebration, but it’s fast becoming mission-critical to establish a competitive advantage for recruitment and retention.”

This is the fifth consecutive year that Center Academy has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay. It ranked in the top 15 and higher than any other school in the Tampa Bay area. The competition is tough to land a spot on the top small workplace list. These companies, with 50 to 149 employees each, showed they had the right stuff.

About Energage

Energage, a certified B-corporation, offers web-based solutions and advisory services that help organizations recruit and retain the right talent. Home of Top Workplaces research, Energage offers solutions that collect, understand and amplify the voice of the employee, enabling organizations to reduce unwanted turnover, lower recruiting costs and increase retention. Based on more than 13 years of culture research, advanced comparative analytics, and patented algorithms trained on more than 20 million employees at 58,000 companies, Energage has isolated the 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization. For more information, please visit


3rd Year Named Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay 2018 and Special Recognition

Tampa, Florida –When Center Academy was named for the 3rd year in a row as one of Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay 2018,they were also given special recognition based on striking scores from employees responding to specific survey questions. Center Academy was one of 15 businesses in 13 categories singled out this year for standing out in different categories such as ethics, communication, leadership, benefits and more.

Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay 2018 with Distinguished Honors in Work-Life Flexibility

Center Academy was distinguished with honors in Work-life flexibility and came in 15th place for the overall small business category. The Tampa Bay Times posted an article called Compassion, communication and clued-in execs make these places special, by Times Correspondent, Donna Winchester. This article highlights why Center Academy was singled out for this honor. It tells the story of Letha Imboden and how she was impacted by Center Academy’s insistence that ‘family is the most important part of anyone’s life,” while her family was struggling with a cancer scare with her husband.

Why Center Academy Won These Honors

The article goes on to highlight Center Academy’s Andrew Hicks, chief executive officer thoughts that “being compassionate is a virtue in itself, but it also makes good business sense. “ Hicks statement, “We know that valuing the importance of work-life balance and providing people the chance to spend time with their families helps them to be more productive,” shows why the school received this special award recognition above and beyond its Top Workplace rank among small business.

Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay 2018 –About Center Academy

You can see the About Center Academy article for the Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay 2018 by the Tampa Bay Times which includes the following –

“Center Academy is a fully accredited, independent private school, family-operated since 1968, providing a college prep curriculum for students with learning disabilities in grades 4-12. Our staff and teachers are experienced with a range of learning disabilities and challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger’s, and our individual student assessment helps each student to set and reach his or her own personal educational goals. Center Academy also offers dual enrollment and summer programs for maximum enrichment, and accepts McKay, Gardiner, Florida Tax Credit, and Georgia Special Needs Scholarships.”


Tampa, Florida —Center Academy was recently named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces 2017 by the Tampa Bay Times. This is the second consecutive year that the school has earned this honor.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together. Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

In the Tampa Bay region, nearly 180 leading employers were nominated by their employees. To be considered for participation, companies or government entities had to employ at least 50 workers in Florida and be at least a year old.

The companies were ranked based on leadership, compensation and training, workplace flexibility, and diversity. The rankings were published on, in the April 9 edition of the Tampa Bay Times and on April 10 in tbt*.

For a complete list of the 2017 Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay, go to

About WorkplaceDynamics

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member,a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.


Center Academy was recently named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Work Places 2016 by the Tampa Bay Times. What makes the top workplaces in Tampa Bay award so special to Center Academy is that our own employees nominated us and were surveyed about several topics, including practices and policies. It was their answers that allowed us to be given the honor of being named one of the top places to work. You can see the Center Academy listing in the Tampa Bay Times, where answers from employees on why they appreciate working for our company are listed.

In the Tampa Bay area, nearly 180 employers were nominated by their employees. For a company to be considered for participation, they had to employ at least 50 workers in Florida and be in business for at least a year.

Companies were ranked based on compensation and training, leadership, workplace flexibility and diversity. The rankings were published on, on April 10 in the Tampa Bay Times, and on April 11 in tbt*.

“The reports are so enriching because the stories come directly from the employees, which gives the readers a pure behind-the-scenes look into these companies,” said Chris Tish, Times business editor. “Tampa Bay companies are truly interested in creating productive work environments and engaging employees.”

For a complete list of the 2016 Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay, go to

About the Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 367,936 Sunday and 297,626 daily (AAM Annual Audit 2014). The Times is produced by the Times Publishing Company, which also publishes–Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with about 2.7 million unique visitors each month (comScore six-month average for 7/15-9/15). Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website,; and produces special events, specialty publications, and targeted advertisin gprograms.

About WorkplaceDynamics

WorkplaceDynamics is one of the largest workplace survey providers in the United States. Each year it surveys thousands of companies and partners with leading media organizations to produce definitive Top Workplaces lists. Using proprietary, cutting-edge online applications, WorkplaceDynamics is bringing employee engagement to the web.

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