Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) and the Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association (TCMA) introduced 15 high school guidance counselors from St. Lucie Public Schools to some of the county’s most prominent manufacturers.

The inaugural School Counselor Tour showcased the wide variety of rewarding careers in manufacturing available to their students right here at home.  The group visited A-1 Roof Trusses, Phoenix Metal Products, Maverick Boat Group, D&D Welding, and Advanced Machine & Tool.

“The work these people do is incredibly important and has a powerful impact on students’ lives for decades,” said Scott Deal, CEO and founder of Maverick Boat Company in Fort Pierce.  Deal said he appreciated the counselors taking time to learn about his business and his need for quality workers of all kinds.

“We not only build boats, we build things that go into boats,” said Deal, explaining that the company employs a wide variety of workers to do programming, accounting, sewing and upholstery, lamination, hanging motors and much more. “The three Qs are the biggest thing for us,” he said. “We are a quality company with quality people building quality products. We are looking for the three As – attitude, aptitude and attendance.”  Deal said Maverick Boat Group will train workers who demonstrate the three As.

“I think this tour opened the counselors’ eyes to a lot of good, local career possibilities for their students that they weren’t aware of,” said Jill Marasa, EDC vice president, business retention and expansion.  “These manufacturing jobs pay well and have great benefits. They are a fantastic option for students who are not college-bound.”

“It was great to see the counselors touring our local manufacturers. Several of them had no idea the careers that these local companies have to offer their students. What an eye-opening experience for them,” said Tammy Roncaglione, CenterState Bank St. Lucie County community president and founding member of TCMA.

Korissa Diaz, counselor at Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a public alternative high school in Fort Pierce, agrees wholeheartedly with Marasa. “I kept thinking, as we were going through the different businesses, what an untapped resource this is,” said Diaz. “I’ve lived in St. Lucie County all my life and I had no idea any of these businesses existed. You could have told me about this all day long, but I wouldn’t have realized the magnitude of it.”

Diaz said that more than half of her school’s 120 students would benefit from taking entry-level jobs with these local manufacturers and working their way up.

The tour was one of the initiatives the EDC is fostering to address the Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study findings that confirmed a significant shortfall in manufacturing, skilled construction and healthcare workers in the Treasure Coast region.

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at Bayshore Elementary explored sound energy last week. They used tuning forks to investigate how sound is produced by vibrations. Then students were challenged to use those vibrations to transfer the sound energy to the ping-pong ball to make it move. They learned that energy is never used up, but instead it changes form. In this case, sound energy was transformed into mechanical energy.

Science comes to life at Bayshore Elementary!

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!


Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at


Yard Sale – November 18

Yard Sale – November 18

Annual Mega Yard Sale-Village Green Elementary

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

(In the event of a rain day, the event will be rescheduled. Date to TBA)

 Time: 7:00 am to 11:00 am

(Set-up time 6 am to 7 am; clean-up time 11:00 am to 11:30 am.)

Where: Village Green’s Front Parking Lot

Check-in Table will be located near the front office, please check in to confirm your parking spot.

You will be given two parking spots one for your vehicle and one to sell your items. They will be parallel to each other; you will only need to purchase one $ 10.00 spot.

As a Yard Sale participant you are responsible for your items and vehicle at all times. St. Lucie County Schools are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Participants are responsible for pricing, selling, set up and clean up. The PBIS team will supply advertising, permit and location.

Please note: Due to St. Lucie County School Board rules the following items are not permitted on school grounds – smoking, adult materials, illegal drugs, weapons, explosives and non-domestic animalsYou may be asked to leave and will not receive a refund if contraband items are present on school grounds.

Additional information


Please copy and return this portion to the Village Green’s PBIS Team.

_____ YES, I would like to reserve a yard sale parking lot space $10.00 is enclosed.

Name: ______________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________


Office use only

Parking lot number _______________Check # or Cash______________