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.
Career & Technical Education
Orange County Public Schools