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Career and Technical Education Month

How We Celebrated CTE Month 2009



Palm Beach County School District (Palm Beach County, Florida)

The district held its third annual Career and Technical Education Recognition Dinner on February 3. Three hundred educators, district personnel, administrators and business-community members celebrated the success of career education throughout Palm Beach County. CTE Students of the Year from each high school were recognized during the monthly school board meeting and a new, local restaurant hosted two social events.

Submitted by Connie Scotchel-Gross, Manager, Career Education

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (Brecksville, Ohio)

CVCC kicked off CTE week (February 6 and 9-13) with its annual blood drive hosted by the CVCC Public Health & Safety program. Other events during the week included NCTE Balloon Celebration Day, the Annual CVCC Junior Lunch, a CVCC Gift Giveaway Day and a special presentation and live video feed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the history of the first black professional football player.

Submitted by Donna Gahr, Guidance Department of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

Florida Department of Education Celebrations

Each Thursday, the Florida DOE celebrated Career Education Day. On February 4, Florida DOE kicked off CTE Month with Governor Charlie Crist signing a proclamation recognizing CTE Month. CTSO groups had displays inside the DOE showcasing CTE programs, including FFA students demonstrating parliamentary procedure and a national winning CPR demonstration by two HOSA state officers. During the second Career Education Day, the DOE had a quiz that included questions about career education in Florida. Over 275 people participated. During the third week, local schools showcased CTE programs and Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric Smith and Chancellor of the Division of Workforce Education Lucy Hadi hosted a luncheon for the Workforce Division honoring seven state and national winning CTE teachers. The last week of February, the DOE had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate a hallway for the state CTSO organizations.

Submitted by Connie Scotchel-Gross, Manager, Career Education and Jodi Tillman, Career Education Public School Liaison with the Florida Department of Education

Perry High School (Perry, Georgia)

Thirty business students participated in National Job Shadow Day on February 4, observing dental hygienists, teachers, counselors, retail managers, cosmetologists, day care owners and workers, law enforcement officers, media representatives, pharmacists and nurses. The FBLA chapter held a variety of events during “FBLA Week” from February 8-14, including Members Appreciation Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Math and a Meal Night for kindergarten and first-graders at Perry Primary School, CTSO Career Tech Breakfast with Mayor Worrall with the signing of a Career Tech Proclamation and “FBLA the Premiere of Your Future” Red Carpet Day.

Submitted by Sherri Johnson, business education teacher and FBLA advisor at Perry High School

Lakewood Ranch High School (Bradenton, Florida)

The school hosted its first career and college fair on February 19. Over 1,400 students from 10th through 12th grades attended the event, which included 30 state and private colleges, over 20 local businesses and local CTE clubs that provided students information on different career options. For example, MTI Culinary program held a demonstration with two students sautéing food and giving out samples to interested students. Students from FCCLA showcased the Mini Mustang program, which has students supervising 10 4-5-year-old children on a weekly basis.

Submitted by Michelle Todoroff, career advisor

New York City National Academies Foundation Academies (New York, New York)

This year, approximately 300 students in the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism participated in Job Shadow week. The students took tours of hotels in New York and learned all aspects of operating a hotel. Hotels participating in the event included the Four Seasons, the Sherry Netherland, the Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Marriott and the Wardorf Astoria.

Submitted by Regina Flannery, Director, NYC NAF Academies

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