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Thursday, February 4, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Florida Celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

~ Observance highlights programs that prepare students for the workforce ~

Tallahassee – February is Career and Technical Education month and the Florida Department of Education is joining the celebration to proudly support the efforts and importance of career and technical educators throughout the state. This month-long recognition provides the perfect venue to showcase courses that prepare students for areas of the workforce that are forecast to experience the largest and fastest growth in the next decade.

“Career and Technical Education Month draws attention to the wide range of options available to Florida students as they pursue challenging and rewarding careers,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Working in conjunction with the state’s public school system and Florida College System, today’s career and technical education courses are preparing our students for the workforce of tomorrow.”

In observance of the month, the Department will host a Career and Technical Education Day fair on Feb. 18, 2010, to provide interactive displays that will serve to educate attendees of the skills necessary to be successful in a variety of careers. Students will showcase their career knowledge in health, science, art, communication, design, construction, business, technology, architecture, culinary arts, criminal justice, agriculture and, through the use of a flight simulator, the aviation field.

Some of the interactive displays will feature high school students who are enrolled in Career Academies. Career and technical education programs offered at schools are grouped in clusters to help students connect the knowledge acquired with the skills they need to be successful in a chosen career field. Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a high school where students enroll for up to four years. Students in a career academy are paired with teachers from different subject areas to form a team that provides focus on a college-prep curriculum with a career theme.

Currently there are more than 50,000 Florida students enrolled in one of the nearly 900 registered career and professional education academies. Career and technical education courses are offered in all 67 school districts in Florida, all 28 members of The Florida College System and 44 technical centers located throughout the state.

For more information about Florida’s Career and Technical Education courses, visit http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/careeracademies/ca_home.asp and http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/programs/.

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