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First Place Winner, Career & Technical Education,
Carol Gann moved to Florida in 1974 as a high school dropout. During the next ten years she found it very difficult to find employment and realized that she could not be self-sufficient without an education. She began working on her State of Florida High School Diploma at Winter Park Tech, and completed it in Osceola County in 1984. Wanting a better life for her family, Carol earned a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in 1994 while working full time and taking care of four children. With her training she began working with children in crisis situations through The Center for Drug Free Living and Spouse Abuse, Inc., and eventually became an Associate Director for the Center in 1995. She helped open The Nurturing Center in the Coalition for the Homeless.
In 1998, Carol was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in head trauma. She found it difficult to communicate and suffered short-term memory loss. Working with her vocational rehabilitation counselor, she enrolled at Winter Park Tech and successfully completed the Web Design Program in 2001. She excelled and was inducted into the National Vocational Technical Honor Society.
Following graduation, Carol opened her own business, Winter Park Artists, and began developing web sites, pro bono, for non-profit organizations to help build her portfolio. Today, Carol Gann is a successful entrepreneur working with clients throughout Central Florida.
Carol wants others to experience the same success she has attained and actively volunteers in her community. She continues to work with children and women in crisis at the Safehouse of Seminole, a domestic violence shelter.
Carol Gann continues to give back to the students in every way she can. Carol secured several opportunities for the Web design students to work with non-profit organizations to design their websites.