The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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December 2020 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Celebrating the Season with CTAE!

Can you believe it's December already? Be sure to take time to reflect back on what you have all accomplished since last March, when we began distance learning. There was so much to learn so that we could effectively reach and teach our students. Fast-forward to August, when we pushed the boundaries of online learning and discovered how career, technical and adult education curriculum could be taught through synchronous and asynchronous models. We're now incorporating SWIVLs in our classrooms, giving students even more real-time opportunities to master course content.

Every week, we hear about successes in CTE-AE programs, and we're excited about the future of career academies in many of our high schools. We're continuing to build our team, establish new records, run the bases and hit home runs, all to benefit our students and our community. What an inspiring time to be #TeamCTE/AEProud!

Please feel free to contact us at 813-524-2204, 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

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Holiday Joy!

Teacher bonuses for 2019-2020 student certifications will be paid in the December 11th paychecks!

Want to make sure your students have every opportunity to earn industry certifications in your career and technical education courses? Be sure to contact Karen Elenbaum, CTE Assessment Coordinator, to review your courses and the eligible, state-approved certifications associated with them. Karen's email is and her office number is 813-794-2204.

How Do You SWIVL?

We're so excited that the SWIVL cameras have been delivered to CTE teachers! The technology will give mySchool Online students the chance to be more immersed in classroom activities. We want to see how YOU are using your SWIVL, so please send videos and photos of you using the camera during lessons to Program Coordinator (and "CTAE Connector" editor) Pam Willoughby by December 18th. Not only will we share the videos and photos in the next issue, but every teacher who responds to this request will be entered to win one of three awesome gift cards!

JA Virtual Inspire Career Exploration Event February 2nd 2021

YOUR SCHOOL IS INVITED to participate in JA Inspire, Junior Achievement's interactive, VIRTUAL Career Exploration program for High school students on February 2nd, 2021.

Students may attend live on this day (or choose to interact on another date)

  • JA Inspire Virtual offers Tampa Bay Area students the opportunity to learn about Florida's high-wage/high demand jobs, career opportunities and the education required to be successful at no cost to your school!
  • Students can explore as many different career cluster booths as they like to view videos, flyers, pamphlets and collect information to review latervia their virtual swag bag.
  • The suggested time to visit JA Inspire Virtual is 2-3 hours (this can be done over several visits between February 2nd-May 1st)
  • Schools will be provided with pre-work and a few short videos to get them excited. Curricula can be done self-guided or teacher led.
  • Schools will be given the sign in information for the platform once registration is completed.
  • The platform will contain gamification to motivate and entice students to learn more about careers from each of the different career clusters.
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Need a Fresh Virtual Background?

Check out these twelve CTE-themed backgrounds provided by the Association for Career and Technical Education:

Workforce Professionals Needed for District-Wide CTE Career Advisory Council

The next meeting of the district's Career Advisory Council is coming up next month. If you know any of any business professionals who would be interested in supporting our career and technical education programs, please have them contact Pam Willoughby at or Jen Batchelor at and visit our Career Advisory Council webpage for more information.

Our vision is to have the CAC serve as the overarching organization supporting CTE programming, with specific advisory boards lending their expertise to these career clusters:

• Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

• Architecture & Construction

• Arts, A/V Technology & Communication

• Business Management & Administration

• Education & Training

• Energy

• Engineering & Technology Education

• Finance

• Government & Public Administration

• Health Science

• Hospitality & Tourism

• Human Services

• Information Technology

• Law, Public Safety & Security

• Manufacturing

• Marketing, Sales & Service

• Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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MTC Holiday Card-Raiser is Here!

MTC Instructor Linda Bourne is pleased to share this wonderful collection of cards designed and for sale by Commercial Arts students. ALL proceeds directly support the program and will be used to purchase stock photography, mock-ups, portfolio assets and a class NAS drive. Save $5 per set when you pre-order before December 10th!

Click on the image below to view the cards designed by Jennifer Artiles, Harvey Coolidge, Michael Costa, Victoria Fiest, Cally Maynard, Alondra Mentor, Morgan Neiman, Tabby Nichols, Emily Santana, and Rebekah Vidas.


  • 1 Package = 10 Cards (one of each card design) = $15 (after Dec. 10th = $20)
  • Each pack includes white envelopes tied with a holiday ribbon.
  • Cards ready for pick-up in Commercial Art lab (Marchman Technical College Building 03 - 016) beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, Mon-Fri (8am - 3pm).
  • Cash is preferred/Checks also accepted: Payment due at pick-up.
    (Please make checks out to Marchman Technical College)
  • Respond via email with subject line: Card Order
  • Please include your name and number of packages for your order
  • Email:

We appreciate your support and wish you safe and happy holidays!

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Calling all fans of Frozen...

"Do you want to build a snowman?" MTC Commercial Art students did when they received a visit from Anna and Disney Studio "Look" Artist, Jared Reisweber. He Zoomed into the class to share his successful career story from unfrozen California.

Students learned what a day at his job working for a studio looks like and that "some people are worth melting for". His artwork can seen in Frozen, Frozen 2, Wreck-It Ralph, Fetch and much more heartwarming animated movie scenes.

Thank you, Jared, for sharing your time and talents to inspire the next-gen creative workforce here at Marchman Technical College! Any time you want to visit, we are ready... "Come on, let's go and play!"

Learn more about Jared at

- submitted by Linda Bourne

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RRHS FBLA Serves the Community

River Ridge High School FBLA had an amazing opportunity to serve those in need for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 25th.

We had eight FBLA students volunteer by handing out over 200 boxes of food to the community of Pasco County. What a true blessing!

- submitted by Chad Mallo

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WRHS FBLA & Business Tech Provide Hurricane Help

FBLA and the Business and Technology Program at WRHS completed a Peanut Butter Drive to aid the people in the Panhandle that have been devastated by hurricanes. Our goal was to collect 100 jars of peanut butter. We actually collected 165 jars. We dropped off the jars at the IA/IFAS satellite office in Dade City.

-submitted by Donna Fraser

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LOLHS Bake Up Delicious Desserts!

We had a great Fall Bake Sale! Our 10th Annual and we sold more than TWICE as many items as we ever have before! Students baked pumpkin pies, chocolate pecan pies, mini apple pie cheesecakes, pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin brownies.

- submitted by Chef Jeremy Blythe

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The JLMS chapter of Health Occupations Students of America has kicked off their fall fundraiser to support UNICEF this year and is getting ready for the Regional Competitions to be held February 8, 2021!

- submitted by Anna-Maria Livdal

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Fivay Fire Science is Hands-On!

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JIEC Adult ESOL Adventures in Learning

It has been a very busy month in the ESOL program at James Irvin Adult Education Center. For the culmination of a unit on shopping/clothing/prices, students set up a flea market where they managed to bargain with each other for great deals. Our secretary and guidance counselor did a little early Christmas shopping at our humble establishment.

Also, students designed a special T-shirt: "All About Me". Each student gave us an insight peak at different aspects of their life through this fun and creative assignment. Our wonderful faculty and staff are always willing to help out students with various lessons. Students had a great time interviewing Linda Hatley, Diane Howton, and Sandra Vogel about their tastes in clothes and whether they prefer sandals or boots.

Finally, Adult ESOL said a fond farewell to David Lammie, our assistant principal, with Venezuelan arepas and messages from the "star" students. Thank you, Mr. Lammie, for your constant support.

-submitted by Rebecca Sandy

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We want to hear from you!


• What ideas have you come up with to adapt your CTE courses to an online format?

• What's been your favorite new tool, app or resource this school year?

• 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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