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    Jason Kester - 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

    We are so excited to announce...

    Jason Kester, Career & Technical Education's culinary arts teacher from Mainland High School, was chosen as Volusia County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2017- 2018. 

    Mr. Kester was a guest speaker at the February 11, 2017 Parent University held at DeLand High School. Please watch his speech to the Parent University audience below.

    Parent University Speech by Jason Kester 

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CTE Table at Parent University

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    ​February is CTE Month


    February is National Career & Technical Education Month!  This year's theme is, "Celebrate TODAY, own TOMORROW." Please join us in celebrating all of the outstanding things happening in and out of CTE classrooms.  We are asking that you use the hashtag #CelebrateCTE when posting to social media.  We are also collecting pictures of CTE students in action for a February 28 School Board Presentation.  If you have pictures from classroom projects, CTSO competitions, or other awards, please forward those to your Student's CTE Teacher. Please see Governor Scott's Proclamation that was presented and accepted at the last school board meeting. ​​​ 

    Why CTE?

    Parents, do you ever wonder WHY CTE? Hopefully this diagram will show you how your student can benefit from a Career and Technical Education. 

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    New Smyrna Beach Medical Academy Public Service Message

    Kathleen Rich Zois, R.N., Medical Academy Director at New Smyrna Beach High School,was quoted as saying, "The students at various grade levels have been learning CPR and First Aid."  Two groups of students are using their video projects for HOSA competion, have placed at regionals and will be heading to compete at the HOSA State Competition. Congratulations Medical Academy students! We are proud of what you have done!

    Heart Attacks  Student VIDEO  

    What is HOSA?

    HOSA is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. Promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

    Guess why 77 district students are going to Orlando in April 2017..?


    Because they placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Florida Region 12 Competition for HOSA and are representing Volusia County in the state HOSA Competition. Way to go, future health professionals! Volusia County is proud of you!

    Academy of Construction Technologies (Act)  Student VIDEO  ​

    The Mission of Act

    The mission of the Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT) is to develop a well-trained workforce in the construction industry. This will be accomplished by improving the image of construction careers and by sponsoring a youth/pre-apprenticeship program in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia schools. 

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    Career Academy Application

    The Career Academy Application for the 2017 - 2018 school year is available here Career Academy Application 17-18  Applications are due to the academy director at the school of choice on January 31, 2017.  See the Application Timeline for additional information. 

    Did You Know?

    Bachelor's Degree Not Required For Many Stem Jobs: A recent Brookings report shares that half of STEM jobs are for workers with less than a four-year degree Bachelors Degree not required.pdf

    ACTE - CTE's Role In American Competiveness: The attached link explores how CTE plays a vital role in developing a well-educated workforce Driving American Competitiveness.

    NRCCTE: The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education is the primary agent for generating scientifically based knowledge, dissemination, professional development, and technical assistance to improve CTE in the United States....learn more

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