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Vocational Electronics Program Equips Student for Success in Corporate America

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Hialeah Senior High School in 1980 in the Industrial Electronics Vocational program, under the leadership of Mr. Phil Goodman. Jose fell in love with the field of electronics and won a special scholarship in Industrial Electronics. The scholarship enabled Jose to embark on a journey into an exciting career in a high-wage technical field.

Jose was born in Cuba, where Jose's grandfather worked as the head of engineers for the Cuban National Power Company. Jose's father, an electrical engineer, decided to leave Cuba when Jose was only three years old. The family settled in Union City, New Jersey. Jose later relocated to Florida.

In spite of the odds against him, Jose attained the dream his father and mother had envisioned. Jose received an Associate of Arts degree in Electrical Engineering, and completed special training at Florida International University. The training enabled him to land a job with WSVN-CHANNEL 7, the local NBC affiliate. Seven years later, Jose became the News Operations Director for WKGM/WCPX-TV in Orlando, Florida.

Since entering the field of broadcasting, Jose has held a number of positions. After only four years, WFOR-CBS4 offered Jose the Director of Technical Operations position, which was in charge of the overall technical operation of the station. Two years later, he became Director of Broad Cast Operations and Engineering, which is the top technical position for CBS in the South Florida area. Jose Garcia is an Advisory Board member on the Television Production Program Advisory Committee for Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Division of Applied Technology. He also participates in many charitable and community organizations.

In Jose's opinion, the vocational electronics program at Hialeah Senior High gave him the jump-start he needed to succeed in American society. "It opened up many doors for me. Mr. Phil Goodman was the instructor, and he was terrific. A true mentor, Mr. Goodman led me down the road to success. Today, I enjoy an interesting and exciting career in Broadcast Television."