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
St. Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice senior completers were afforded the opportunity to be recognized by President Leslie Kristof of Keiser University, Judge Shaniek Mills-Maynard, Port St. Lucie Police Department’s Assistant Chief Richard DelToro, Fort Pierce Police Department Deputy Chief Kenny Norris, St. Lucie Public School’s Board Members (Dr. Mills, Mrs. Hawley, and Mr. Kelly), Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince, and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild. This event was held at Keiser University to award graduating seniors on earning industry certifications, completing three Criminal Justice courses (academy completers), and participating in Career and Technical Student Organizations. Students represented Fort
Middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools attended a virtual field trip for Criminal Justice without leaving their campus. The virtual field trip was hosted by Ms. Mildred Brown and the Career & Technical Education department on the campus of Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The virtual field trip included a demonstration of crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and the 911 Telecommunications training. Virtual field trips allow middle school students to explore CTE programs for career exploration initiatives.
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!
St. Lucie West Centennial High School students from Mrs. Angela Baumgarten and Mr. James Nichols’ Law Academy (Criminal Justice) participated in a live drone demonstration. Members from the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Drone team led this demonstration, along with an engaging conversation with students on the use of technology and legalities surrounding the use of unmanned aircraft in law enforcement. Deputies David Leigh (School Resource, Explorers Advisor, Swim instructor, and Drone Pilot) and Trevor Boyce (Drone Pilot and Road Patrol) were the guest speakers and led the presentation. .
St. Lucie Medical Center’s physicians and medical residents hosted a virtual DEI forum for St. Lucie Public School’s Health Science, Pharmacy Technician, and Veterinarian Assisting students. Students were engaged in a presentation and discussion on steps to take academically in accomplishing their goals to become a physician. Thank you to Dr. Tim McNamara, Dr. Kara Mann, Dr. Josephin Mathai, Dr. David Nguyen, and Dr. Thomas Matese for putting this session together for Career and Technical Education students and being a sustained business partner.
St. Lucie West Centennial High Schools’ Law Academy (criminal justice program) welcomed Judge Rebecca White with Anastasia Norman (prosecutor) and Jennifer Nelson (public defender) from the Circuit Court. There was a panel discussion for each guest speaker to explain their roles in the pretrial process and the criminal justice system as a whole. This presentation was very engaging for students as speakers provided realistic case discussion, recommendations for future professionals, benefits and challenges of their career.
The Economic Development Council (EDC) in collaboration with St. Lucie Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) department hosted a live session for school counselors, graduation coaches, CTE educators, and school and district administrators. Participants gained insight into the industry, growth, and employment opportunities within St. Lucie County. The presenters were Two Way Radio Gear, Indian River Select, and The Porch Factory. The presentation highlighted the upcoming Ready to Work Manufacturing and Distribution Boot Camp.