West Prep FFA Veterinary Assisting Team Places 3rd in State

Brittany Shoun, Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Instructor is very proud to announce that the FFA Vet Assisting Team placed THIRD in the State on the FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event! The Team won first place in the pre-lim to secure a spot at the State contest and will be recognized at the State Convention for their 3rd in State WIN!  Congratulations Allison Kohler, Jayden Weil, Zoey Thomaselli, Mia Wheeler, and Ms. Shoun !  Go Panthers!  Level Up CTE!

Pre-apprenticeship Career Opportunities Soar in St Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools has five pre-apprenticeship programs preparing students for careers.  The pre-apprenticeship Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school programs are located across the District: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering at Treasure Coast High Building Construction Technologies at Port St Lucie High Outboard Marine Service Technology at St Lucie West Centennial High Pharmacy Technician at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy – The W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet Technical Design at Port St Lucie High The pre-apprenticeships offered in CTE at St. Lucie Public Schools lead into registered apprenticeship trades of Carpenter, Industrial Manufacturing Technician, Truss Design Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Yacht Service Technician.

West Prep FFA Rounds up Awards at SLC Fair!

Congratulations to all St Lucie Fair exhibitors and winners!  What a year for Ft. Pierce Westwood-West Prep FFA who’s final tally is impressive: 5- Grand Champion Titles, 2- Reserve Grand Champion Titles, 9- First in Class, 3- 2nd in Class, 3- 3rd in Class, 1st place Senior II Swine Record Book, 1st place Senior II Steer Record Book, 2nd Place Senior II Swine Record Book and more! Mrs. Jenna Blankenbaker, FPW Agriscience Instructor shared, “If you see these kids, please congratulate them, they have worked hard for a year on their projects and it was apparent … I had a … Read More

West Prep FFA Beef Breeding Winners at SLC Fair!

Congratulations Fort Pierce Westwood FFA and Mrs. Jenna Blanenbaker on the outstanding West Prep FFA Beef Breeding Winners!  This weekend at the St Lucie County Fair at the Beef Breeding Night, three FFA students were awarded top winners: Grand Champion Sr II Grooming – Nayeli Fernandez Grand Champion Cow/Calf – Reed Blankenbaker First in class Heifer – Lena Shingledecker Congratulations Panthers!  Level Up CTE!

Treasure Coast High Hosts Virtual Field Trip to Indian River State College Robotics Lab

Phil Depuy, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Instructor at Treasure Coast High and his students virtually visited Professors Natalia Chekhovskaya and Paul Godfrey at the IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technology.  Discussions centered on mechanical, electrical and programming fields specifically Robotics, Photonics, Manufacturing, local employers, and student projects.  Big thanks to Jerry Jacques, President at TCMA and Advanced Machine and Tool for setting up the visit.  Level Up CTE!

West Prep Freshman Named Fair Queen

Emma Chancey was awarded 2021 St. Lucie County Fair Queen!  Jenna Blankenbaker, Fort Pierce Westwood Agriscience Instructor proudly commented, ” She answered all her questions with grace and eloquence. I am so proud and impressed.”  Congratulations Emma!  Go Panthers!  Level Up CTE!

Port St Lucie High School Teachers Visit Indian River State College Lab

Bruce Gardner, Building Construction Technology Instructor and John Picchiarini, Technical Design Instructor visited Professor Dean Zirwas’ lab at the IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technology.  Discussions centered on the CNC machine setup, troubleshooting, software applications, procedures, projects, and materials.  Mr Gardner’s Port St Lucie High Building Construction Trades Preapprenticeship Program recently purchased their own CNC machine giving students access and practice to these real-world job skills.

Port St Lucie High Virtually Visits Apex Engineering in Jacksonville

Port St Lucie High School’s Technical Design and Building Construction Trades Programs virtually attended a field trip to Apex Engineering in Jacksonville, Florida.  Business Partner, Dan Morris at Apex Engineering virtually hosted John Picchiarini and Bruce Gardner’s classes.  Dan used interactive technology to demonstrate creating trusses, floor joists and discussed details of  the apprenticeship and preapprenticeship opportunities available to students in St Lucie County!  Level up CTE!  

Aerospace Grad Lands Job Working With Drones

Jacob Kendrick, 2020 St Lucie Public Schools and Fort Pierce Central High Aerospace Institute graduate, landed a job with a drone contractor for FPL.  In March 2020, while a senior at Central, Jacob received his Drone Pilot’s License.  Now, he travels around Florida inspecting FPL power lines with drones.  He is pictured working in Bunnell, FL inspecting a 37-mile-long stretch.  Jacob is also pursuing his bachelor’s Degree with IRSC.  Go Cobras!  Level up CTE!  

Fort Pierce Central Culinary Arts Teacher Hosts Virtual Field Trip

Cindy Swertfager, Culinary Arts Instructor at Fort Pierce Central High hosted a virtual Field Trip to visit Texas Roadhouse in St Lucie West with General Manager Rick Kirk.   Students from culinary classrooms across St. Lucie Public Schools participated LIVE and the session was recorded for future showings.  Students virtually toured the facility and asked Rick many great questions about his scratch kitchen, restaurant management, and running a restaurant during Covid19. Big Thanks to Texas Roadhouse Community Outreach Director Sarah Kirk for coordinating the trip!   Level up CTE!

Port St Lucie Technical Design Students Create Flash Drive Organizers

John Picchiarini, Port St Lucie High Technical Design instructor and his students had a big problem to solve. Students needed a dependable yet accessible place to save their Autocad designs and computer work.  Flash drives solved the problem but they needed a home.  The student team used critical thinking skills and 3D Printer to create flash drive organizer.  Wow!  Stay tuned for more to come from the Technical Design crew including Race Cars in May.  Level Up CTE!  

Treasure Coast High Manufacturing/Engineering Program hosts Virtual Field Trip

Phil Depuy, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Instructor at Treasure Coast High hosted a virtual Field Trip informing students about the Pre-apprenticeship and local Apprenticeship opportunities.  Dawn Riccardi and Marcelo Dossantos from CareerSource-Research Coast presented to the high school Manufacturing/Engineering students.  Local manufacturer Jim Brann of The Porch Factory and apprentice Bobby also presented to the students! Level up CTE!                                      

St Lucie West Centennial Culinary Arts Students Cook Chicken Noodle Soup

Chef Chris Gedke, Culinary Arts Instructor at St Lucie West Centennial High and her Culinary Arts students are cooking chicken noodle soup!  It’s warm, nourishing, and delicious.  Chef Gedke and her students are selling cups of soup this week as a fundraiser for their program activities. Level up CTE!    

Skilled Trades, Alive and Well at Port St Lucie High

Step into Bruce Gardner’s Construction Trades classroom at Port St Lucie High School and you will see and hear the action.  Students learn, practice skills, and earn industry certification in Building Construction Trades.  Carpentry, Jobsite Safety, Tools and Equipment, Measurement, Residential Electrical, Aluminum Screening, Painting, Drywall Installation and Repair, Residential Plumbing, Residential HVAC, etc. The program is a Pre-apprenticeship that leads into preferred admission into an Apprenticeship after high school graduation.  

Culinary Arts Teachers Host Virtual Field Trip to the Cake Lady

Chef Chris Gedke, Culinary Arts Instructor at St Lucie West Centennial High hosted a virtual Field Trip to visit the Cake Lady in Fort Pierce!  Chef Staci Dunn is the Cake Lady who has been a Culinary Advisory Board member involved with the high school culinary programs for more than eight years!  Stacie discussed Covid19 changes to her business, answered many student questions, conducted a hands-on tour, and provided a cookies n cream layer-cake demonstration.  Wow, a great virtual field trip.  Students from culinary classrooms across St Lucie participate LIVE and recorded.  Level up CTE!  https://www.thecakeladybakes.com/  #cakelady772       … Read More

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Advisory Board

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s Brittany Shoun along with Westwood Administration and District CTE Program Specialists met with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to plan hands-on labs for the Westwood Vet Assisting students.  The Veterinary Assisting facility is revamping the surgical suite and laboratory areas. Pictured from left is Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Veterinary Assisting Instructor Brittany Shoun, Dr Cindy  Wasserman, Jessica Hawkins, Dr. Brett Adams, Principal Joe Lezeau and Meri Hall.  Not pictured is Tessa Wines, Lei’Nitia Robinson and Dana Caputo.

Westwood’s Agriscience Virtual Field Trip

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, W.E.S.T. Prep’s Agriscience program hosted a virtual field trip for Samuel S. Gaines Academy, Forest Grove Middle and Allapattah Flats K8 schools. Students explored the Agriscience career pathway with out leaving their classroom.

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy- Closing the Skills Gap in the Medical Field

Students from Fort Pierce Westwood Academy’s Allied Health and Health Unit Coordinator Program participated in their first clinical training for the year.  These students are pursuing an industry certification in either Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Certified Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC).  This group is led by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Montgomery and Ms. Danielle Garcia (CHUC).