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Dear CTE Staffulty,

As CTE Month winds down, I can't help but look around at all the amazing things happening in CTE right here in OCPS, right now!

Whether looking at the recent Regional SkillsUSA competition that we hosted at our OTC Campuses and the amazing performances of our students, or the HOSA competition that our OTC students rocked earlier in the month at Osceola Tech, or our high school and middle school programs that are competing at the highest levels in so many areas, it's hard not to be proud to be OCPS CTE today!

I look at our programming and see time and time again that we are constantly teaching students that a CAREER is the destination of education and that there is more than one way to a great career!

We have been able to break down old stereotypes about CTE and instead of once being the best kept secret, we are now, more times than not, the first idea that comes to mind for so many when looking at how to help students succeed. It is no longer an either/or question-with great articulations in place, students can now choose both CTE and College Prep and be able to pursue their dreams, wherever they may take them! We are no longer the choice for "those students" but a great choice for all students.

Our apprenticeship programs are leaders in the state and in some cases, the nation. Our Toyota T-Ten program is used as a model for other T-Ten programs across the USA. We are creating new opportunities for students through our new Medical Assisting, Welding and Pharmacy Tech Apprenticeship programs and leading the state in how to do this.

We are increasing program choices for middle and high school students and have opportunities like Project Lead the Way, Agriculture, and NAF in every high school for the first time in OCPS history. We are moving to do the same with Computer Science and Culinary, so that a student can choose what they want to do, without leaving their home high school to do it.

There are so many things going on in CTE that it is really hard to keep up with them all, but somehow, we are managing to do just that! It is hard work and takes everyone doing their part and when I look around, that is exactly what I see.

It doesn't matter what role you have in the CTE family, what you do matters and the fact that you do it well is evidenced in the numbers. As I have shared before, going from some 29,000 students participating in CTE to some 51,000 in the past five years is no small feat! That is a 74% growth in students being served!

There was a time we had empty seats in programs-no more! There was a time people didn't know what CTE was-no more! There was a time we had to go in search of people to help us with CTE-no more! In fact, we have literally hundreds of active industry and community partners representing the biggest and the smallest companies/organizations here in Central Florida helping us to make CTE the place to be!

Yes as CTE Month comes to a close, lift your head up for a moment and look around and know that you are a part of something much bigger-something that is special and know that you are a big part of why we are something special! 

It has taken all of us Collaborating Toward Excellence to create this new chapter in the world of OCPS CTE. Please know that what you do matters! It matters every day in Changing Lives Through Education-the core of what we do!  

I hope you've had a great CTE Month and that you are enjoying the last CTE Week of that month! Mike. 

Dr. Michael Armbruster
Associate Superintendent
Career & Technical Education
Orange County Public Schools
FOX35: 9th Annual OCPS Hospitality and Culinary Competition
9th Annual Hospitality & Culinary Competition on FOX 35 Orlando

More than 300 high school students competed in the 9th annual Hospitality & Culinary Competition at the Orlando World Center Marriott on January 23, 2020. Thanks to a truly collaborative effort among business, industry, community and education partners, we were able to provide students essential real-world work experiences as part of their CTE experience.
CTE in the Community
     Leadership OTC Gets Inside Look at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Leadership OTC (Class 1) recently experienced Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure for Hospitality & Tourism Day! This wasn't your regular day at the park, however. 

Thanks to our education partnership with  NBCUniversal and the incredible education team at the park, the group was able to take part in a Business Learning Series inspired by Marcus Lemonis and The Profit. Read more.
 HS CTE Student Wins 2019 National Student EMMY

Windermere High School, Orange County Public Schools, Film & Broadcast student, Sage Croft, won a 2019 NATIONAL STUDENT EMMY recently from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. An EMMY! 

Sage received this prestigious honor for his co-directing in the thought-provoking film, "Dear America: A Film by Generation Z," which has more than a half million views on YouTube.
Read more. 
 OTC Thanks Orange County Retired Educators for Scholarships

OTC wants to give another big "THANK YOU" to the Orange County Retired Educators Foundation Board for their continued scholarship donations to our career and technical education students in 2019-2020! 

Teriann Wright, Senior Administrator, CTE Financial Services and Compliance, recently presented an update on the 10 scholarship recipients at the group's recent board meeting - a total of $10,000. Read more.
CTE Month: There's More Than One Way to a Great Career

From i4 Business: You may not know it, but February 1 marks the beginning of Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, a public awareness campaign celebrating the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. For us, however, every month is CTE Month at Orange Technical College. The work of educating students, and helping guide them to a prosperous future and career, is a responsibility we are honored to have. #CTEMonth #CareerTechEd Read More
For Students. Not Profit.
Blog: OTC Hosts Inaugural Project-Lead-the-Way Teacher Symposium

Orange Technical College held its 1st Annual Project Lead the Way Teacher Symposium on February 4th at Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus. 

More than 150 PLTW Gateway, Engineering, and Biomedical teachers, District CTE members, and industry partners were present for a packed day of messages, inspiration, teacher and student panels, program updates, and teacher collaboration. Read more.
  Family Circle: Teens Need to Know They Can Make Money in Trades

My son is 15 and will be starting his junior year of high school in the fall. The talk of going to college is buzzing all around while no other options are even suggested half as much. 

There seems to be such a stigma around not going off to school to earn a bachelor's ­degree, and I don't think this is fair to our kids.
My son probably won't go to college, at least not right away.
Generation T: What You Need to Know to Kickstart Your Apprenticeship

If you've ever spent time with a trade professional or know someone who is looking to start their trade career, you've probably heard a fair amount about apprenticeships. When an individual chooses to build their trade around a career, it's important they receive quality training to master their craft. 

Working as an apprentice is one of the options available to develop those professional skills. Read more.
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