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High School Community Tour Dates and Information

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Parents, Business Partners, and Community Leaders

Today's students are tomorrow's workforce!

The following flyer is updated as administration at our local high schools determine what days will be best for their Fall and Spring Community Tours. Please keep checking back if your school of interest is not yet listed.

Community Tour Flyer

Online Learning Requirement

A minimum of one course must be earned through online learning. Students may meet the online requirement by completing a virtual course, blended learning course or by successfully completing a course in which a student earns an industry certification in information technology, or passing the information technology certification examination or passing an online content assessment, whereby the student demonstrates his or her skills and competency in locating information and applying technology for instructional purposes.  The link below is a list of the CTE courses that meet this requirement: CTE IT Courses meeting requirement of Online Learning

 2018 Academy Awards

Look at all of the Academy Ambassadors who attended the Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2018. Great Representation!

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STUDENTS: Are you looking for a career in construction? Check out this flyer!

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Spruce Creek High Awarded Top Prize in Ford STEAM Challenge


The Academy of Information Technology and Robotics (AITR) at Spruce Creek High was awarded 1st place and the top prize of $20,000 in the Nationwide Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge, as announced via teleconference on Wednesday.
Students from the Academy of Information Technology and Robotics, a Powered by Ford STEAM Academy, will use the money to develop a smartphone application that enables people in disaster areas to communicate with emergency response teams, family and friends. The Text of Least Resistance project will use Wi-Fi to crowd source within the stricken area.
The Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge focuses on students enrolled in career academies affiliated with Ford Next Generation Learning – an innovative educational program of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. The winning entries are sustainable, student-led proposals that involve community organizations and school resources to address real-life local needs. Students were encouraged to use their creativity and explore high-impact solutions in fields such as alternative energy, technology, design and mobility. 
Ford Motor Company awarded $50,000 in grants to high school students who are putting their STEAM skills to work on innovative projects to improve the quality of life in their communities. Winning projects were selected by a panel of Ford reviewers with 1st place awarded $20,000, 2nd place $10,000, and 3rd place receiving $5,000 grants to implement their inventive solutions.
The Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge enhances the efforts of Ford NGL and Ford's Corporate STEAM Council, which urges students to consider a technical education to secure good jobs and meet growing business demands, while also helping Ford develop a pipeline of skilled technical talent.



Florida Hospital Executives spent the morning of Dec 12, 2017, touring the High School Healthcare Academies with Mr. Russell and Kelly Amy. As you can see, the students had a great time showcasing what they have been learning.






Look What Happened Over The Summer!

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 Mr. James Maynard, Director of The Manufacturing Academy at Pine Ridge High School was recognized as the FLATE Secondary Educator of the Year Award at the 2017 FACTE Conference. You can read more about this exciting news here:  NEWS from FLATE

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Mr. Jason Kester, 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, received the Magic of Leadership Award at the 2018 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year awards gala held at Hard Rock Live on July 13, 2017.

The award was one of four awards presented to educators who went beyond the basic job description with unique abilities to continue positive growth in their students.



Jason Kester - 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

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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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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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River Springs Digital Learning School 

Checkout this video created by River Springs Digital Learning School Leaders and students with Ms. Kathryn Battaglino

Student Video:


Congratulations Zachary Rivera

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Senior Zachary Rivera, of DeLand High School, was successful in passing all Adobe Industry Certifications during the 2016-17 SY. Zachary plans on attending Daytona State College in the Fall.  Congratulations Zachary. CTE is proud of you!

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Congratulations to Jack Lunceford, Student at DeLand High


Mr. James Lowenstein, Teacher & Program Assistant for the Communications Academy reports that Jake was recently on the scene for a 2-alarm fire and created a 5 minute video documenting the response of multiple agencies.  The video has been shared by the Volusia County Professional Firefighters Facebook page.  Mr. Lowenstein stated, "It is apparent to me that Jake has made quite a connection with his immersion hosts and he is very much appreciated by members of the firefighter profession providing the opportunity and interaction through your academy immersion activities!  These are the types of experiences that showcase the skills that are learned in the classroom and their real world applications."


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 competition, 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)

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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,



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.


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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