The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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January 2022 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Second Semester Takes Flight!

Welcome to 2022!

Pasco Pathways - our district school choice window - is open! Families are now applying for their students to attend a number of innovative programs, including the Career and Technical Education academies at each of our high schools.

January also brings the excitement of Principal Dee Dee Johnson taking the helm at Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation as the new building continues to take shape. Joining her to lead are Assistant Principals Gwendolyn Hodge and Angela Young. When KRAI opens in August, it will offer programs in these high-demand career sectors:

• Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

• Applied Cybersecurity

• Biomedical Science

• Building Construction Technologies

• Digital Media/Multimedia Design

• Electricity

• Engineering & Applied Robotics

• Patient Care Technology

• Welding Technology

Our team has been busy supporting schools as students earn industry certifications and administrators prepare for student course selections for the 2022-2023 school year. We're also planning for several events, including:

• Beyond: Career and Tech Expos for graduating seniors

• CTE-Focused Early Release Day Professional Development

February is CTE Month and we're gearing up for some interactive fun that will highlight many of the engaging programs throughout our district.

As always, we are "Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce" and we appreciate your support of our students and schools!

Please feel free to contact us at 813-794-2204, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PascoCTE!

Stay safe, keep it simple and be well,

Lori Romano, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

We want to hear from you!

• Please share information about your program that you would like considered for the CTE monthly newsletter (photos, awards, events, certifications, etc.).

• Don't forget that you can email Pam Willoughby ( with news and photos you want posted on our social media platforms at any time throughout the month.

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2022 Means Ready, Set, Go! with Digital Lightbridge and Marchman Technical College.

READY, SET, GO! is not only the annual strategic planning theme of Richard Hayes (Chief Executive Officer and managing partner of Digital Lightbridge®) but also the career starting line for MTC Commercial Art student Rebekah Baker. Rebekah has raced into a paid internship offered by longtime MTC advisory board member Rich Hayes at his strategic marketing solutions company, Digital Lightbridge.

As a graphic artist intern, she was welcomed to their team and immersed quickly into their culture. Surrounded by technology including four monitors, an iMac with magic mouse and keyboard makes up her workstation. Rebekah says, "My mentor and Creative Director, Chris Whitten, gives excellent instructions. I'm grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to learning from his over fifteen years at Digital Lightbridge." Her first day's activities included social media posts and document editing. Way to "run the race", Bekah!

We appreciate the partnership between MTC, Commercial Art, and Digital Lightbridge. This student's future and our MTC Commercial Art community collaboration are going full speed ahead.

- submitted by Linda Bourne

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Wildcats Create "Calming Kits"

Special thanks to the Pasco Education Foundation for their donation of wikki sticks, canvas totes to decorate, and positive-thought stickers so 150 students from Thomas E. Weightman Middle School could make individual "calming kits" to take home over winter break. The kits included resources for students to develop more life skills.

- submitted by Jenna Eyers

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LOLHS ECE Gators Engage with Little Learners

In our "Little Gator Preschool", Land O' Lakes High School Early Childhood Education students work closely with preschoolers, using hands-on activities and a variety of projects. They understand that children learn best in an active environment that is designed to match their level of development. Students work hard to create lesson plans and developmentally age-appropriate activities for our preschoolers.

- submitted by Fatima Bichoutar

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Wiregrass Builds Medical Program

Wiregrass Ranch High School has added a fourth patient bed to its lab. The expansion will allow more Nursing Assistant students to practice what they are learning in the classroom.

- submitted by Dr. Lynn Deitrick

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LOLHS Chefs Craft Sweet Designs

Land O' Lakes High School Culinary Arts students capped off the first semester with our annual Gingerbread Houses! The students make their own templates and designs. They get to design their houses however they would like and we have a great time seeing what they come up with every year.

Sometimes the Florida humidity doesn't cooperate, and this year was no exception, but these kids were SO proud and they did a great job!

- submitted by Chef Jeremy Blythe

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WRHS Culinary Arts Seniors Sample Local Flavors

Wiregrass Ranch High School culinary seniors recently visited the Green Door on 8th restaurant in Dade City. Chef/Owner Greg Fowler showed us around his culinary empire and provided some "New American Eatery" treats. Students enjoyed Green Door's twist on BBQ brisket, smoked chicken wings and shrimp and grits. We are also hoping to collaborate with them to start an internship/externship program with Wiregrass Ranch in the near future.

- submitted by Chef Wilson Rodriguez

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Centennial Elementary Pre-K Students Explore the STEM Bus!

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We Work Hard and We Celebrate with Fun!

Isabel Amortegui and Gabriela Chabollas received Excellence Awards for November and December. Leticia Rodriguez earned the Most Improved Award and Ren Chang was awarded with Best Actor for his portrayal of Scrooge in our drama production.

One of our program's goals is to help students transition to a post-secondary career, technical program, or to gainful employment. My adult learners presented their own job expo as students shared about their dream jobs. Faculty and staff from Pasco Adult joined in with the fun event. Also, the Adult ESOL program hosted two former ELL's who came to speak to the current students about their careers with Florida Blue. We celebrated this event at Pasco District Park. Then, in December, we toured Marchman Technical College and experienced their winter fest. It was an educational and enjoyable time for all.

Students showed off their acting skills as Ms. Sandy's classes performed an original production of "Scrooge". Included are pictures of the actors in full costume as Scrooge, Present Teacher, Past Teacher, and Future Teacher. The dramedy was complete with festive songs and music. On Dec. 17th, Adult ESOL held its 2nd annual Holiday Bazaar which included handmade decorations and candles, delicious baked goods, elegant jewelry, and beautiful floral arrangements. Finally, our classes participated in the high school's Angel Tree program. Included is a picture of 4 of Santa's elves delivering the special gifts to the adopted students.

- submitted by Rebecca Sandy, ESOL Instructor

Pasco Adult Education @Wesley Chapel

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Meet Senior Supervisor Pamela Davis!

When did you begin working for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education?

December 2018

What was your position and where did you work before joining CTAE?

Assistant Principal at James Irvin Education Center (now East Pasco Educational Academy)

What's your favorite thing about working for CTAE?

Learning new things about Career and Technical Education!

Where did you grow up?

Douglas, Arizona

Where did you attend college or post-secondary education?

I earned my bachelor's degree at Florida State University

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