The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter from Fort Pierce Central High School came together to share holiday joy at Lake Forest Assisted Living facility. Students delivered holiday cheer with gifts for the residents and holiday songs. HOSA is a student-led organization for high school students enrolled in a Health Science program and interested in pursuing a career as a health professional.
SLPS middle school students attended a virtual field trip to Treasure Coast High School to visit the Industrial Biotechnology program. This event was hosted by Mr. John Williams (Industrial Biotechnology educator) and his Biotechnology students, along with the district’s Career and Technical Education department. Students touring this program were able to watch live lab demonstrations and learn about the Industrial Biotechnology career pathway.
Multiple Career and Technical Education (CTE) program educators and students showcased their industry related skill sets at the Treasure Coast Business Summit. CTE programs represented were Technical Design, International Business, Building Construction Technologies, and Allied Health. This was a great opportunity for our students to network and demonstrate their knowledge and skills for our community members.
Fort Pierce Central’s Allied Health students participated in a Career Day with Legacy Private Care of the Treasure Coast (Mark Hassett and Rosanna Bennett) and Dr. Perry Lloyd medical office (Leydy Juaruz). Students gained knowledge of industry demand and opportunities in St. Lucie County and on the Treasure Coast. Appreciation goes to Ms. Charles, Mrs. Young, and Mrs. Beaumier for welcoming the business partners to connect with their students.
St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary Programs competed at the Sunshine Kitchen in Fort Pierce. Five outstanding high school culinary students competed along with an Indian River State Culinary Institute student at the Tuesday, October 25th Sunshine Kitchen Cook-Off. Master of Ceremonies was Chef Leslie Moyer, judges included Chef Mike Febre, True Roots Catering; Heather Belmont, Indian River State College; and Guytano D’Annna, Bonefish Macs. The winning team was Donavin Derrico from Fort Pierce Westwood Academy and Jay Shemo from Indian River State Culinary Institute who each won a $1,500 scholarship. Big thanks to Gina McCants, St. Lucie County Tcerda Research
Students in Mr. Picchiarini’s Technical Design classes are using Autodesk AutoCad and Inventor to design. Analyzing and editing are a big part of the process. After editing, the designs come to life using the class lab 3D printers. Pictured are some designs created by Kadesh Robbins, Nick Collins, and Nick Lambiase. For information on the Preapprenticeship program, see Mr. Picchiarini at Port St. Lucie High.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers from middle and high school programs participated in multiple professional development (PD) sessions at Keiser University, Tradition Campus. The CTE Educators gained further insight into the articulation agreements, scholarship opportunities, and continuing education from Keiser University representatives (Mrs. Linda Fitzpatrick, Dr. Nicol, and Dr. Reed). Professional development opportunities included Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, hosted by Ms. Emma Green and Mrs. Katie Thompson. This session was all about Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset within each of the CTE programs with activities. Junior Achievement gave each educator the ‘WHY’ behind what we
St. Lucie West Centennial’s Criminal Justice/Law Academy student, Vincent Chin, was selected from all the local high schools to intern with U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Maynard. Vincent and Judge Maynard worked together from July 5 until August 5, and was an official member of Judge Maynard’s Chamber Staff. This prestigious internship was based on teacher recommendations and afforded Vincent the chance to earn community service hours during his time as an intern. The highlights of the summer internship included observing Criminal Duty Court in person at the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse, portions of Criminal and Civil Trials in person at
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s student Jaime Espinoza-Hurtado, designed and created a popular PBIS t-shirt. Jaime is pictured with Digital Media Multimedia instructor, Erica Hueter to his right, Dwayne Chapman to his left, and Mr. Thomas on the end. Mr. Dwayne Chapman loves the design and his staff wears the t-shirts every week! Jaime wants to be a graphic designer and works hard in his classes at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy where he’s already earning an Adobe Certified Professional in Photoshop and Illustrator! Jaime is also a budding entrepreneur who now has his own business where he
Treasure Coast High hosted Universal Technical Institute (UTI) who arrived with performance machines! UTI spoke to students in the Engineering and Manufacturing CTE programs about continuing their education and training in the automotive field. Students respected the mustangs!
Port St. Lucie High School’s Nursing Assistant students were recognized for their success in earning their industry certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. During the recognition ceremony, current educator Jacklyn Cebelak honored the students with a Tiki celebration.
St. Lucie Public School Culinary Arts students cooked at Cinco de Mayo festivities. Culinary students from St. Lucie West Centennial High and Port St. Lucie High Preapprenticeship along with their teachers Chef Chris Gedke-Balachak and Chef Roland Foerster were the highlight at the Monarch Country Club’s Cinco de Mayo event. Student’s dishes included elote (fresh grilled corn with cotija cheese and cilantro), carne asada with pico de gallo and salsa de queso, sayulita shrimp, homemade corn tortillas with slow-braised shredded pork, homemade guacamole cups, sopa de frijol negro, salsa verde, tomatillo salsa, churros with fresas con crema, and agua fres
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Medical program seniors from all over the district participated in various virtual employment sessions. Local industry partners represented the following agencies: Cleveland Clinic (Tradition, Martin, and Indian River), Legacy Private Care of the Treasure Coast, and CareerSource Research Coast. Students attending the sessions were from Allied Health, Health Unit Coordinator, Nursing Assistant, or Pharmacy Technician CTE programs.
Students enrolled in one of the Nursing Assistant programs within St. Lucie Public Schools were at Keiser University (Tradition Campus) for a full day of simulated learning. All participating students were given a tour of the campus, worked with college professors and nursing students, gained knowledge on the application process, along with financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The highlight for all participating students was working side-by-side for simulated clinical level training on advanced medical equipment. Students completed hands-on learning and demonstrations in various programs including Psychology, Dietetics & Nutrition, Exercise Science, Sports Management, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Biomedical
Treasure Coast High’s (TCHS) Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Board hosted Career Day on Microsoft Teams! Business partners from Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeship, Piper Aircraft Apprenticeship, Indian River Select Freshco, Indian River State College and CareerSource Research Coast participated. TCHS Instructor Phil Depuy and his Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering students heard about apprenticeships, job openings, 2-year college programs, the importance of a resume, and wisely choosing references. It was a great morning for all!
The Career Connect conference was held at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center. This event focused on high school seniors for planning and exploring various career pathways. There were representatives from both industry and post-secondary institutions from skilled trades, professional and financial services, hospitality, art and technology, design, healthcare, and manufacturing industry sectors. The conference included sector exhibitors, vendors, guest speakers, keynote speaker, break out sessions, and hands-on demonstrations. There were over 200 St. Lucie Public School students registered from Treasure Coast High School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet,
Students in Port St Lucie High’s Technical Design Program 3D printed race cars! Students designed their car using AutoCAD, troubleshot to make adjustments, then printed using their classroom 3D printers. They will then race their cars later this semester! Look for more designs to come. Technical Design is a pre-apprenticeship at Port St Lucie High School.
In January, Chef Strell’s culinary students at Fort Pierce Central High raised the temperature to concentrate on their baking skills. Pictured are the delicious and good-looking results that came out of the oven; braided breads and pizza! Well-done, Cobras!
The Career and Technical Education(CTE) department along with Mr. Kevin Fess (Northport K-8), Dr. Richard Lanning (Fort Pierce Central High School and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University), and Mr. Phil Depuy (Treasure Coast High School) presented at the 2022 Florida Career Pathways Network conference. The two presentation topics were Career Pathways Programs: From Application to Revamping Program (Application, Planning, Learning) and Virtual Field Trips: A COVID Lesson.
Nursing Assistant students from Port St. Lucie High School and St. Lucie West Centennial High School participated in the Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Health Science and Nursing programs’ tour and simulation day! Students worked with the IRSC Nursing students and faculty to get hands-on demonstrations and simulated learning. Students rotated through various presentations to include skill lab training and learning, admission process, opportunities after high school graduation, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and more! This event was a result of the collaboration between St. Lucie Public School’s Career and Technical Education department and Indian River State College’s Health Science and