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There's more than one way to a great career! 

We are blessed to live in a time where a multitude of career pathways exist for all of us. Today, educational choices are plentiful and many of those choices are of great value. We don't need to hold one pathway up over another-rather we need to honor them all and more importantly, realize that they are not mutually exclusive.  

I love stories like the one of my wife's Nurse Practitioner. She started her career by graduating from the Licensed Practical Nurse program at our OTC - Orlando Campus way back in 1978. Later on in her life, she graduated from Valencia College with her Registered Nurse degree, and then later on again, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After that, she eventually went on to get her Nurse Practitioner credentials from another institution. It was the right pathway for her. 

We have students who start with us and finish their education at two-year, four-year and post-graduate colleges and universities. We also have students who start with those same institutions, earn degrees, and come to us to learn new skills or retool completely. 

Without a doubt, postsecondary credentialing is a necessity in today's world, but it can come in many forms, from industry certifications to licensing to degrees. What's important is not which pathway a person takes, so much as the destination they are trying to arrive at on their way to their personal success. 

Going from an OCPS non-degreed postsecondary agriculture teacher 32 years ago at our OTC - Westside Campus, to an associate superintendent with a doctoral degree in the 8th largest school district in the USA, believe me, I understand the value and merit of different pathways. 

Help us spread the word that postsecondary credentialing matters for all, not by saying "Not everyone is going to college", but by saying, "There's more than one way to a great career!" 

Have a great CTE month and here's to a great CTE year! Mike.







Dr. Michael Armbruster 
Associate Superintendent
Career & Technical Education
Orange County Public Schools
WATCH: OTC Alumni - Meet Rafael
OTC Alumni: Rafael Frederick (Hospitality & Tourism)
OTC Alumni: Rafael Frederick (Hospitality & Tourism)

"Eventually I knew I needed to fine-tune my hospitality skills through continuing education, and Orange Technical College met my needs perfectly." - Rafael Frederick, Fine Dining Manager #OTCAlumni 
CTE in the Community
 State Representatives Visit OTC to Speak with NAF Students:

Recently, Rep. Bruce Antone and Rep. Victor Torres, from the Florida House of Representatives, visited the OTC -Orlando Campus to meet and talk with NAF academy high school students about financial literacy, public service and what it means to be a part of a community. The event was part of the 'NAF Future Ready" series, hosted in partnership with CareerSource Central Florida and others. Read more
Medical Assisting Year 2 Students Stay Active During Summer Classes: 

Second-year medical assisting high school dual enrollment students attended their first face to face summer courses in our Medical Assisting program with OTC this year. They worked on their competencies for laboratory procedures, including the use of microscopes to analyze blood and other samples for pathological conditions. The summer coursework is part of an initiative to have high school students complete their career certificate program before completing high school. Read more
OTC Wins 2019 NSPRA Golden Achievement Awards:

NSPRA, the National School Public Relations Association, has recently awarded OCPS/OTC with four golden achievement awards, signifying excellence and innovation in school communications. The initiatives that received awards were the Dr. Phillips Charities Grant to OCPS CTE, OCPS Tech Express to Valencia College, the Orange Technical College Alumni Campaign and the Orange Technical College Seniors Only Program Fair Read more
 Make Yourself More Competitive with a Career Certificate 

As Orange Technical College's associate superintendent of career and technical education, Dr. Michael Armbruster, puts it: "Students aren't just learning the things that they need today - they're actually learning how to deal with things that are coming tomorrow." Read more
For Students. Not Profit.
 OTC Blog: Start a Healthcare Career Without a Degree 

The road to becoming a doctor is a long one. After completing a four-year undergraduate degree, most doctors-in-training complete four years of medical school, then up to seven years of fellowship or residency training Read more.
CNBC: Trade School Can Solve the US Income Gap


Additional trade schools, and not four-year college degrees, may be a better bet for U.S. workers, according to new economic research. Read more.
Generation T: How America Forgot the Skilled Trades


You probably don't know that many careers in the residential and commercial construction industry are growing in leaps and bounds. Read more.
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