Treasure Coast High School’s (TCHS) Engineering and Manufacturing program students learned about Apprenticeship opportunities available to them after high school graduation. Students in the program were then able to register for one of two available pre-apprenticeships (Welding or Industrial manufacturing) while enrolled in the program at TCHS. Thank you to Ms. Colleen Gill (CareerSource Research Coast – Apprenticeship Navigator) for presenting to Mr. Phil DePuy’s students. (Photos courtesy of Mr. DePuy) #CTEmonth
Mr. Phil DePuy’s students from Treasure Coast High School (Engineering and Manufacturing programs) were afforded an opportunity to participate in a presentation hosted by Colleen Gill (Apprenticeship Navigator) from CareerSource Research Coast. Students learned about apprenticeship opportunities available to them after high school along with education and career options for those wanting to pursue a career in the industrial manufacturing industry. Mr. DePuy offers the pre-apprenticeship program for students enrolled in his program at TCHS. Ms. Colleen Gill is also an Engineering/Manufacturing Advisory Board Member.
Students in Mr. Picchiarini’s Technical Design class met Guest Speaker, Carlos Luis Flores Blancaneaux RA, Project Manager at Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. The students were engaged in seeing designs turn into buildings. Aline Mar, Architectural Designer at Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. is an alumnus of Treasure Coast High School and spoke about courses to take, the challenges of the job, studying overseas, and loving architecture.
The 2023 Career Connect Conference was a success with 295 St. Lucie Public School students registered for this event. This conference included high schools from all over the Treasure Coast. The Career Connect Conference was an event offering exposure to young adults preparing to enter the workforce or post-secondary educational institutions. The goal was to create awareness and spark students’ interests through hands-on, interactive, and engaging sessions. The industry sectors included entrepreneurship, hospitality, healthcare, construction & skilled trade, technology, and manufacturing.
Thank you Career and Technical Education Teachers, Coolest Teachers Ever! CTE Month is observed to recognize the accomplishments of students and educators and highlight the collaboration among local leaders, businesses, and industry partners that contribute to the success of CTE programs across Florida. Florida has nearly 800,000 K-12 CTE students – the highest in the state’s history – more than 380,000 postsecondary CTE students, and over 17,000 registered apprentices.
After school is a busy time for Allapattah Flats’ middle school students in Mrs. Dru Thompson’s Agriscience class. Students are raising cattle, swine (pigs), goats, and chickens to show at the St. Lucie County Fair. Good luck Gators!
As part of Junior Achievement’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, St. Lucie West Centennial High School Culinary Arts students, along with Chef Chris Gedke and Chef Evan Fraum, hosted Mr. Kyle Greene of Kyle G’s restaurants. Mr. Greene shared his entrepreneurship story and the hard work that goes into owning successful restaurants. The students were professional, polite, and engaged. After the presentation, one of the students shared the following thank you message for Mr. Greene- “Thank you for coming to our school. We learned a lot from the visit that will help us in the future. I learned that for entrepreneurship we need
Culinary Arts students at Northport K-8 are following kitchen safety protocols by creating rice crispy treats. Some chose to drizzle melted chocolate or add mini M&Ms while others formed shapes such as hearts and snowmen. The delicious treats were sold at the Northport K-8 Winter Band Concert!
St. Lucie Public Schools middle and high school students participated in the Chart Your Course, Marine and Maritime Career Expo hosted at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club. Local marine businesses demonstrated equipment and spoke about skills needed in the field. Students were able to plan for their future and make connections to local career opportunities in the marine industry!
Port St. Lucie High School Culinary Arts students competed at the SkillsUSA Culinary Competition in Kissimmee. Good luck to participants; Vasilios Koumoundouros, Mikalah Christman, Calvin Diebold, and volunteer Kelvin Gonzales. Go Jaguars!
Culinary Arts students at Northport K-8 were visited by Chef Damiano, a professionally trained Pizza Chef from Fresh Market. The students were wrapping up their studies on pizza and used Chef Damiano’s dough. The students made sauce with the Chef’s tomatoes imported from Italy and made pizza with fresh ingredients. Delizioso!
Culinary Arts students at Northport K-8 are learning how to be safe while cooking, and how to make better nutritional choices. Students competed in a salsa challenge where each added a secret ingredient that was then judged by the school staff! The winning salsas were served at their school-wide Hispanic Heritage month event.
Medical Detective Students at St. Lucie West K8 use microscopes for their protozoan classification lesson. Students also participated in the St. Lucie County Regional STEM Fair!
Students from all over the county work with One Blood for their blood drive donation. The majority of the schools utilize their Allied Health programs to host this voluntary event for their campus. Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. Thank you to our CTE Month Sponsors: James Brann (Porch Factory), Sharita Walker (MidFlorida Credit Union), Certiport, Texas Roadhouse, Maddie Williams & the Treasure Coast Builders Association, Chris Russo (Howling Rooster), Robert Sharot (Carpets Etc.), and Jeannette Smith (NuSkin).
Indian River State College Culinary Institute and Hospitality and Tourism Program hosted an educational tour for FPC’s Culinary students. During the visit, the students were able to participate in the youtube simulcast of the No Vacancy Live podcast with Glenn Haussman and Anthony Melchiorri; and the guest was Greg Juceam, the President and CEO of Extended Stay America. It was an interesting day where students continued to build rapport with IRSC Professors, toured the IRSC Culinary Institute, met current IRSC students and FPC alumni, were served a delicious lunch, and were exposed to exciting aspects of the Hospitality industry. More
Congratulations to Chef Chris Balachak, St. Lucie West Centennial High Culinary Arts Instructor, and her students who received a Rachel Ray $5,000 Grow Grant to purchase new equipment shelving, hand tool bins, and temperature/moisture resistant shelving. In addition, the St. Lucie Education Foundation matched the $5,000 awarded by Rachel Ray so they have another $5,000 to spend on upgrades to their catering facility. Go Eagles!
Sixth grade students in Mr. Fess’ STEM class created working wind-turbines out of old toy motors as part of their “Energy & the Environment” curriculum. All students designed, created, tested, and improved their own creations. Students rated their electricity production using a multimeter and made changes to their builds to improve their efficiency. Students at the middle school level are introduced to Career & Technical Education and STEM at Northport K8 within Mr. Fess’ class. #CTE Month, #EDC, #CareerSourceResearchCoast, #NorthportK8 Thank you to our CTE Month sponsors: James Brann (Porch Factory), Sharita Walker (MidFlorida Credit Union), Certiport, Texas Roadhouse, Treasure
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team presented to criminal justice students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students also learned about the law enforcement vehicle and law enforcement related procedures. #CTEMonth, #CareerSourceResearchCoast, #EDC – Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, #SLCSO CTE Month Sponsors: James Brann-Porch Factory, Sharita Walker-MidFlorida Credit Union, Certiport, Texas Roadhouse, Maddie Williams (Treasure Coast Builders Association), Howling Rooster, Carpets Etc., and NuSkin.