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About UsWorkforce Education is designed to meet the needs of our customers, which include students, business and industry, school districts, Florida colleges, community-based organizations, and correctional institutions. This area represents a significant collaboration and partnership across both private and public sectors throughout the state of Florida to improve Florida's workforce. Workforce Education is delivered to our customers through a network of service providers, which include District Technical Centers, Adult Education Providers and Florida colleges. Contact information for each of the providers may be accessed through the following links:
- District Technical Center Directors (PDF, 49KB)
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- Division of Florida Colleges
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In the Limelight
Integrated STEM Instructional Systems (ISIS)
STEM Integration Award Selections
Middle and High School STEM Teams Shine in Florida
Havana, FL, March 18, 2013: The 2013 Florida Technology Student Association (FL-TSA) State Conference held in Orlando this past weekend featured the awarding of the inaugural ISIS STEM Integration Award to two shining models of what can be accomplished when students are inspired by dedicated and inspired teachers. This honor is awarded based on projects submitted for the middle school Inventions & Innovations and the high school Engineering Design events that illustrate a high level of integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the design of their solutions. "Though this is the first year for the ISIS STEM Integration Awards," said ISIS Senior Partner, Duane Hume, "the outlook is very promising for the coming years to bring highly competitive and creative design work from our Florida youth."
The eighth-grade team from Nolan Middle School in Bradenton (Manatee County) took the ISIS award for their project entitled "Baby Bells Safety System," an innovative design for alerting a driver that a child has been left in a child seat. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in combination with a pressure switch mounted in the child seat, their design can be tied into the vehicle's ignition and alert system so that the driver has only a short period to retrieve the child before the alarm sounds. The goal of their design is to prevent the tragic death of an infant accidently left unattended in a vehicle. Under the watchful eye of their TSA Chapter Advisor, Justin Devine, the Nolan team was made up of Tim Ackaway, Travis Earp, Alex Long, and Rachel Towe.
The high school honors for Engineering Design went to the team from Braden River High School, also from Manatee County. Their winning design was entitled "Control Flex," a biomedical exercise apparatus for assisting people suffering from neuromuscular disorders to maintain muscular tone, flexibility, and range. This original device is lightweight and uses a number of small pulleys to take advantage of the person's own weight to provide the resistance. Their teacher and TSA Chapter Advisor, Gil Burlew, provided oversight of the team members Paul Wagner, Blake Humbert, Mario Palmer, Justin Proshka, and Abigail Holmes.
The ISIS STEM Integration Award is unique in that while student efforts are the primary focus, the award also acknowledges the teacher's effort in inspiring their students to excellence. "In spite of their generally humble nature," Hume said, "there is no mistaking the impact of a dedicated and inspiring teacher."
The Florida Technology Student Association is a Career and Technical Student Association (CTSO) approved by the Florida Department of Education and fosters problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and leadership skills in member students as they study design, communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and biotechnology technologies.
Glamour, Fashion, and Flair!
Lake Technical Center's Cosmetology Program Holds Inaugural Red Carpet Fundraising Event
Lake Technical Center's Cosmetology program's held the first annual Red Carpet and 80's Inspiration Fundraising Events. The excitement began at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Lake Tech. Tammi Powell, Cosmetology student and future wedding planner, coordinated the decorations of the fountain lobby. Mr. Ed Rizzo, Marketing Director of the Daily Commercial, served as emcee. Five teams of students created a red carpet look for their selected model. Models experienced the thrill of walking the red carpet with an escort and then returned with the other members of their team.
The models were judged on their hair, makeup, and nails. The judges were: Ms. DeAnna Thomas, Adult Education Program Coordinator/Cosmetologist; Mr. Robert Tolvo, Owner of Robert Tolvo Hair Design; Ms. Toni Hawes, Cosmetologist; and Ms. Cheryl Gamble, Owner/Cosmetologist at Hair Strand. The winning team was the "Dixie Darlings" with students Ashley Baker, model, Hannah Maule, Yesenia Suarez, Haley Smith, Lourdes Morales, and Kelsey White.
The fun continued as the evening Cosmetology students held the first annual 80's Inspiration Event. Four teams of students styled the hair, nails, and make-up with the themes of Richy Rich, Workout, Rapper, and Rocker. The program instructors were the models, and Mr. Ed Rizzo emceed the event. Lake Tech Administrators Dr. Diane Culpepper, Director, Mrs. Melissa Stephan, Assistant Director, and Mr. Jack Miller, Assistant Director, and Ms. Deanna Thomas, Adult Education Program Coordinator/ Cosmetologist, served as judges. The winning team was the Rockers with Ms. Tonia Whalen, Instructor/ Model, Holly Morgan, Jennifer Atkinson, Wendi Conrad, Samantha Jo Pickett, Ashley Martin, and Jessica Folgore.
According to Ms. Tonyia Dawson, Cosmetology Department Chairperson, "These projects have brought the new and advanced students together. Students mingled and worked as an awesome, creative team."
The events were held as fundraisers for the SkillsUSA Florida State Championships, which will be held in Pensacola, Florida, April 28-30. Lake Tech will be sending 10 dual enrolled high school and adult students who will be competing in cosmetology; nails specialty; culinary - baking and hot foods; and advertising design. Donations to help fund the students' trip to the SkillsUSA Florida State Championships are welcome.
Lake Technical Center is a public postsecondary institution that offers high quality affordable training. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify and doesn't have to be repaid. Eligible veterans may be certified for VA benefits through the Financial Aid Office. The main campus is located at 2001 Kurt St., Eustis; the south campus address is 513 Albrook St., Mascotte; and the Institute of Public Safety's address is 1565 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares, (352) 742-6463. Questions may be answered by visiting www.laketech.org. or calling (352) 589-2250. Like us at www.facebook.com/laketech. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/LakeTechCenter
Industry Certifications Get You Hired!
Web Design, Digital Design and IIT students at Zephyrhills High School (ZHS) are getting certified in Adobe and Microsoft Office. One student, James Kelly, used his industry certifications to obtain a job as a certified technician at Staples.
Last year, in the website design classes at ZHS, James acquired certifications in Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, and Photoshop earning him the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) credential. He also became a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) by passing the exams for various software components through the Introduction to Information Technology course at ZHS. His managers at Staples were impressed when he told them about his certifications and were a main factor in their hiring decision.
James's certifications and his experiences in the business program at ZHS influenced his decision on the selection of a career path. He will be attending the University of South Florida in the fall and will be majoring in Management Information Systems at the College of Business.
High School Students Get Hands-on Training With Police and Fire Rescue
By Carlos E. Medina
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Andrew Tran, a senior at Pinellas Park High School, remembers seeing helicopters plucking people off their roofs as a child living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
That's what drew him to explore a career as a first responder and brought him to Ocala this week for the 23rd annual Florida Public Service Association State Conference, a competition that includes simulated tasks related to criminal justice and firefighting.
More than 350 high school students from across the state are descending on the Ocala Hilton this week. The hotel grounds will serve as home base for the competition, which includes task such as writing police reports and responding to mock 911 calls for assistance.
Sunlake High School Seahawks Compete in Financial Football Challenge-Win First Place!
:On Saturday, February 23, four students from the Academy of Finance at Sunlake High School in Pasco County, competed in the 2nd Annual Financial Football Challenge sponsored by the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. The area-wide competition among thirteen schools took place at the Tampa location on Hillsborough Avenue in a double elimination format.
The Seahawks performed flawlessly in each game without missing a single question. The final two teams, Sunlake and Southeast, ended the competition in a playoff match of twenty-eight rounds of overtime play.
Each Sunlake team member received a cash prize of $500 and a Dell computer. Team members were: Senior and Team Captain Jeremy Devlin, Juniors Gabriella Rivera, Justin Chang, and Walter Ingram.
The students spent many hours of intense study with their Finance instructor, Sherry Beth Virgadamo, to prepare for the event. When the Sunlake team received a very difficult question, supporters drew their breath, not knowing the answer themselves. Ms. Virgadamo, however, remained calm as her team captain told her before each round, "Ms. V, we've got this"- and, they did.
All students in the Financial Operations class studied and discussed over 600 questions hoping to be selected for the team. The Academy of Finance students and Ms. Virgadamo are very grateful for all the support they receive from their Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union sponsors and their credit union coaches, Jenny Torres and Marylou Bartlett.
Career Academies @ WorkCar Preparing students for college, career and life
Student Internships Paying OffTwo River Ridge High School students were recently selected for a coveted internship/scholarship program (II -VI Scholarship) at VLOC. VLOC is a leading supplier of optical components for the industrial, medical, scientific, instrumentation, military, and telecommunication markets.
Out of 167 applicants, Andrew Saparito and Amar Patel were selected to fill the only two positions available. The students worked fulltime as interns for VLOC this past summer and are working part-time currently. The scholarship provides each student with $10,000 per year to be applied toward college expenses. If they continue to work at VLOC during their summers they will be guaranteed $40,000 for their college education.
More good news from the Academy of Engineering
- 197 students enrolled in the Academy and 22 are on school choice
- 13 students earned college credit last year from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
- 12 Students received a paid internship with engineering companies over the summer
- 4 students are continuing to work for the engineering companies after school
- 5 students have completed portions of the MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) certification
- 22 students inducted into National Technical Honor Society
Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology Earn NCAC HonorsThe National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) process in earning the top honor of "Model" academy, as well as the honor of "Certified" academy is truly a lengthy process. The lead teacher spends countless hours ensuring proper data reporting, securing effective internships for their students by maintaining a strong advisory board, and preparing their students for industry certification exams. In addition, they must also prepare and teach their curriculum.
For one Duval County high school, all of this hard work paid off. The academy teachers and students at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology earned "Model" status for their Cosmetology Academy and Early Childhood Academy and earned the status of "Certified" for their Culinary Academy.
These teachers and students display a strong work ethic and passion for Career and Technical Education. Students completing these programs are able to take their industry certifications into the workforce immediately after high school.
The NCAC provides the only national certification for career academies and is the recognized leader for support, sustainability and credentialing of career academies.