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Workforce 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:

In the Limelight

FRLAEF Announces Winners of the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition

(TALLAHASSEE, FL)-Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) announced the winners of the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions which were held Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

A total of 60 schools participated in the competition with 16 schools winning top awards throughout the day's events. More than $800,000 in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All participating teams were comprised of high school juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2013-2014 school year. Teams participated in four competitions which included the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition.

J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs won first place in the overall competition. Tarpon Springs High School took home second place in the overall competition, with Leto High School in Tampa placing third.

"FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program," said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. "It is designed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school graduates by providing them with school-to-career training and giving them more opportunities for foodservice and lodging careers, and higher education. We congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions."

Contact: Elizabeth Ray, FRLA Press Secretary, at 850-224-2250 ext. 255 or .

Full article.

Seahawk Metal Team Soars at Robotics Competition


Sunlake High School's Robotics (Seahawk Metal) team recently returned from a brilliant performance at a competition in the Battle of Brandon VEX Qualifying Tournament, ranking 5th out of 27 teams present, and taking home the 2013-2014 Design Award. This award is given to one team who displays a creative and effective design process in allocating responsibilities, budgeting time, and documenting all progress made each meeting. This achievement has qualified the team to attend the VEX State Championship for the High School Division, to compete among Florida's best 36 teams for a chance at qualifying for World's. The team used Solidworks to model the robot in a 3D atmosphere combined with the integration of Facebook into the

Notebook process allowed the team to stand out amidst others at the competition, and were some of the leading factors that led to the award. The Design award is one of the most prestigious awards, and Seahawk Metal was very proud of the progress they've made in their rookie year that led to this outcome. The autonomous programming, created by experienced engineering students, performed consistently well throughout the competition, and was often the component that led to victories with closely-matched opponents. Combine this with a diligent scouting team, an organized pit area, the willingness to cooperate with alliance partners, and spirited team members, and the team found themselves quickly picked by the 4th-best robot in attendance during the alliance selection. Of the 36 qualified teams going to States, 15 teams will be qualified to travel to California in April to compete with the best teams internationally in the World championships. With their goals high and their team ready, Seahawk Metal is thoroughly prepared for an excellent performance in future matches. Updates on the Seahawk Metal team, including building process, competition performance, and pictures can be found by following them on Twitter (@SunlakeRobotics), or by "liking" them on Facebook.

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Visits Deland High School

The Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation and the NCCER visited with the Construction Education Students at Deland High School. NCCER brought NASCAR Driver David Starr to speak with the students. David is a 17-year veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has competed in 317 races over 16 years and has won 4 times, has been on the Pole 5 times, and has had an impressive 117 Top Ten finishes.

The students gave David their full attention as he spoke to them about the importance of completing their NCCER construction program sponsored by the Florida Masonry Apprenticeship & Education Foundation (FMAEF). He emphasized the fact that he had been in a career and technical class just like them and that his passion for cars led him to get his Certification for Auto Mechanic. Completion of his career and technical certification helped prepare him to become a NASCAR Driver. He also let the students know that he did not come from a wealthy family and that staying in school and getting his education enabled him to work his way on to a career with NASCAR. David stated in his talks with the construction students just how important it is to complete their program and gain their Industry Certification. He encouraged them to persevere and not be afraid to work hard to reach the top of their chosen profession.

David spoke with over 130 students and generously signed autographs. David also spent time with each instructor, Rick Hervey, carpentry; Greg Gebben, construction technology; and Dr. Daniel Cox, career specialist for Volusia County Schools.

Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Teaches Adults a Recipe for Success

Miami Herald
By David Smiley
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At Myrna Betancourt's Café Du Jour, chefs serve up the finest international cuisine - from paella to pesto pasta.

While they're at it, they discover a recipe for a new life.

Betancourt's kitchen is in the Chapman Partnership homeless center in Homestead and her chefs are students ages 16 to 50, often disadvantaged, sometimes homeless, and always seeking a second chance.

And while the students probably already know it, their teacher is the best in all of Miami-Dade County.

On Wednesday, in front of hundreds of her peers, Betancourt, a former Chicago social worker-turned chef-turned teacher, won the 2015 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year award.

Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Teaches Adults a Recipe for Success full article

SF EMS Students Take First and Second Place in Life Support Competition

(Left to Right) - Dr. Peter Springer - Nicole Roberts - Jon Friend - Jillian King - Chief Russell Rafferty

Today@Santa Fe
Published on Monday, January 27, 2014

Students from Santa Fe College's Emergency Medical Services Program took First Place in the 2014 invitational National Advanced Life Support / Basic Life Support (ALS/BLS) Team Competition in the Student ALS division. SF's EMS team B took second place in the ALS division.

SF EMS Students Take First and Second Place in Life Support Competition full article

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