17 April A Bright Future Lies Ahead for a Middleburg High School Student Participating in a Career and Technical Education Program April 17, 2017 By Laura Pavlus General, News CTE, Academies of Clay, Clay School District, Vocational Training, Career Technical Education, Economic Development, Clay County, Workforce, Workforce Development, Education 0 A Bright Future lies ahead for a Middleburg High School Student Participating in a Career and Technical Education Program By Clayton Broadwell, April 17, 2017 Former Middleburg High School student, Lindsey Estevez successfully earned a job at Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) after completing an internship facilitated by Clay County Schools’ Career and Technical Education programs. During her last six months of high school, she would go to CCUA and intern for a few hours after school. Just recently, she began to work full time with CCUA at one of Clay’s treatment plants. “I was initially inspired because I like to work with my hands and be outdoors. I knew the typical going to college or working the nine to five office job wasn’t for me” said Lindsey. Lindsey’s daily duties at the treatment plant include upkeep of the grounds, calibrations of lab equipment, cleaning and maintaining filters and clarifiers, running process control tests and other things to maintain the treatment plant. Lindsey’s advice to an incoming freshman is “If they don’t already have a set plan of what they want to do, they should definitely consider doing this program because it is a field that is not going to diminish. It offers great benefits and gets your foot in the door of opportunity for a lifelong career.” "The Clay County School District and The Clay County Utility Authority have a great partnership in helping to prepare students for college and career readiness. The internship program is an amazing way to benefit the utility authority, the school district and most importantly, the student. These internships allow for the student to explore careers in their community and to get a taste of the real world. This partnership is a win - win - win - for everyone" said Chereese Stewart, Director of Clay County Schools’ Career and Technical Education program. Clay County Schools provides exceptional opportunities for students wishing to further their knowledge in the workforce. There are a variety of options for students across Clay County to participate in the career and technical education programs to provide them with exceptional workforce training. Lindsey Estevez is a perfect example of how career and technical education can brighten the future of a student in Clay County. Related Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage Clay County Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month Students and faculty in Clay County will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!" CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares whem for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Activities include: CTE teacher and student recognition, leadership and community service events, school tours and more! Middleburg High School Students Run On-Campus VyStar Bank Middleburg High School is the newest on-campus VyStar Credit Union branch to teach students financial and business skills in a real world setting. Clay Career and Technical Education Pathways Create Pipelines for High-Demand Positions Career pathways created through a coordinated effort between education stakeholders and major employers provide a strategic advantage in Clay workforce development. Florida Launches New Website to Assist with School Comparisons Florida parents searching for a school for their child can use a new state website that aims to make comparing campuses and finding "the best educational match" easier. The Florida Department of Education launched the online resources -- Florida Students Achieve.org -- this week. The Florida Department of Education launched the online resources -- Florida Students Achieve.org -- this week. Clay County School District Ranks 8th Best in Florida The 2017 Niche survey for best schools determined Clay County School District ranks 8th best in the state of Florida. Clay County Manufacturer Vac-Con Inc. Awarded FCMA Award for Workforce Education Vac-Con Inc. president, Darrell LeSage, discusses why they continue to invest in workforce education, the company's expansion, and how it is to do manufacturing in Florida. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.