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Recently, I got a letter that I believe is well worth sharing. It is a wonderful example of the power of CTE and the power of a wonderful CTE instructor in the lives of people. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

Good afternoon Dr. Armbruster,

I am writing you today as not only a proud public school educator, but as a proud parent of an OCPS graduate. This district afforded my son, Nicholas, opportunities he would not have received in any other district (and I know this because his 2 siblings graduated from a neighboring district). Nicholas had the privilege to attend Acceleration West High School, where he completed his high school education in 3 years. As if this gift wasn't enough, he was able to attend the OTC - Mid Florida Campus during his senior year and he entered into the welding program.

After completion of his first year, the Mid Florida Campus granted him a scholarship for the following semester. Nicholas continued his education and graduated from the welding program that same year. One of his teachers, Mr. Carlos Garcia, recognized Nicholas's talent and encouraged him to continue to advance his skills by attending the evening classes. During this time, Mr. Garcia worked with Nicholas, helped him hone his skills, and he was able to move beyond the curriculum to become a combo welder. In May, Nicholas turned 18 and Mr. Garcia helped Nicholas identify possible jobs, arranged for interviews, and worked one on one with him, teaching him interview skills and other pertinent information for the job.

Just last week, Nicholas used the experience and education he learned from the Mid Florida Campus to earn a high-paying job as a combo welder and will leave for South Carolina in 2 weeks. Thanks to Mr. Garcia, Nicholas is armed with the know-how and confidence to move away from home and continue to be a hard-working, responsible and productive young man. I can't say enough about how much I appreciate the opportunities provided to Nicholas and the caring and knowledgeable instruction he received both at Acceleration West and at OTC. As an employee of OCPS, I will forever sing the praises and value of vocational education and encourage students and parents to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you for providing such a high quality program. I've attached a couple pictures. One of Nicholas and one of a piece he created for his brother.

Stephanie Mueller

I hope you can see why I wanted to share-this is yet another great example of the fact that there's more than one way to a great career! To all of you who have helped make CTE a force in the lives of so many over the years-thank you!

Have a great CTE Month, Mike. 

Dr. Michael Armbruster 
Associate Superintendent
Career & Technical Education
Orange County Public Schools
Inaugural NAF Academy Career Awareness Expo

 As we gear up for the 2nd Annual NAF Academy of Engineering and Information Technology Career Awareness Expo, let's take a look at last year's fantastic event. Last year, more than 300 NAF Academy of Engineering and Information Technology students attended the inaugural expo. WATCH VIDEO
CTE in the Community
   Congrats to Peter Jordan - Ocoee HS Teacher of the Year

From Dr. A: "I am personally proud of this young man as I actually hired him to teach Agriculture at Ocoee way back in 2006-he is one of only a handful of the original staff that is still in place. What makes this particularly special though is that a few years ago, I approached Peter with a brand new partnership opportunity with 4Rivers Smokehouse and we were flying blind, but with a lot of faith." Read more.
OTC Hosts 3rd Annual Adult General Education Kickoff Event

We had a great time recently at our 3rd Annual AGE (Adult General Education) Kick-Off event! More than 150 evening instructors from all five OTC Campuses came together for collaboration and fellowship. The host team did a great job of planning and the participants enjoyed the two breakout sessions-one with their home school (many of these instructors teach at off-site locations) and one with either Adult Basic Education or English for Speakers of Other Languages.   Read more.
Retired Educators Foundation of Orange County Supports Students

Orange Technical College Campuses and Dr. Armbruster welcomed the Retired Educators Foundation of Orange County Florida to present student scholarships. Christie Woods, Scholarship Chairman, of the Retired Educators Foundation along with some scholarship committee members Fran Burns, Kim Stutsman (Foundation Chairman), Jane Barry, Leanna Isaacson and Marie Hernandez presented 10 scholarships to our CTE students. Read more.
OTC Alumni: Meagan's Story (Licensed Practical Nursing) 

"I owe Orange County Public Schools a huge thank you for my start. I was never allowed to settle, never allowed to quit, and when the going got tough, I knew that I had teachers, family, and friends that pushed me to keep going." Read more.
For Students. Not Profit.
  OTC Blog: Is an Apprenticeship Right For You? 

When you hear the word "apprentice," what comes to mind? You might picture a person working for a blacksmith back in the 19th century or Mickey Mouse wearing a wizard's hat and getting into a lot of mischief. Read more.
BYF: Is a 4-year Degree Always the Right Choice? 

Have you ever wondered if a four-year degree is the right educational path for your children? 

In recent years, public opinion has pushed for more people to go to college. Young students are told that a bachelor's degree or even further education is the only way to stand out and get a successful job. Read more.
Forbes: Addressing the Skilled Labor Shortage in America 

America is facing an unprecedented skilled labor shortage. According to the Department of Labor, the US economy had 7.6 million unfilled jobs, but only 6.5 million people were looking for work as of January 2019 and it is more apparent than ever that our country is suffering because of it. Read more.
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