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A Bright Future Lies Ahead for a Middleburg High School Student Participating in a Career and Technical Education Program

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.

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