The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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November 2020 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Sliding into Second (Quarter, that is!)

The championship continues! Just as we were excited to see our Tampa Bay Rays play in the World Series, we're also excited to see how our educators and students are excelling as our school year continues. #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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Did You Know? Fast Facts about Pasco's CTE Programs:

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District-Wide CTE Career Advisory Council Launches!

On Wednesday, October 28th, the CTAE team welcomed business, community and school partners as we launched a very important piece of our growth: a district-wide, CTE Career Advisory Council (CAC)!

During a two-hour Zoom session, the team and partners had the opportunity to delve deep into our "WHY" and discuss how the council could positively impact our students' achievements. Topics ranged from roles that members could play, to areas for growth and improvement, to how to measure success in our programs and academies. In January, we'll build upon that foundation as the executive board is elected, bylaws and charter are reviewed, and strategic planning is implemented.

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

We invite all interested industry and business partners to join us in this initiative that will serve the entire district's CTE programming. Please contact Pam Willoughby at or Jen Batchelor at and visit our Career Advisory Council webpage for more information.

Top Ten Facts About Brandon Castillo, our district office BCE Student!

1. He's a senior at Land O' Lakes High School.

2. He attended Pine View Middle School.

3. He attended Sanders, Connerton and Pine View Elementary Schools.

4. He runs cross country and plays soccer (striker).

5. He plans to join the Navy after graduation and would like to be an officer.

6. He has an older brother and a younger sister.

7. Favorite sweet: chocolate.

8. Favorite movie: "The Hunger Games" (actually - the whole series)

9. Loved reading "The Magic Treehouse" books as a kid.

10. Dream car: custom 2-door Jeep Wrangler

The CTAE team is very blessed to have Brandon working with us this year! Be sure to say "Hi!" to him when you call or stop by our district office.

P-Dub's myLearning Canvas Tech Tip of the Month!


Hi, amazing CTAE educators!

In our last newsletter, I shared a document I created about how to use filters in myLearning. You may have noticed I used a cartoon avatar of my alter-ego, "P-Dub", to inject a bit of personality to those directions. My avatars are courtesy of Bitmoji, the secondary social media app that lets you create your own expressive cartoon and share in numerous ways.

This article from provides the details about the history of Bitmoji, as well as directions on how to use the app: You may also want to add it as a Google Chrome extension, which streamlines your ability to add various Bitmojis to any communication. Feel free to share your favorite as a comment on our CTAE Facebook page post about Bitmojis.

Once you have played with Bitmojis a bit, feel free to take them to the next level by building a Bitmoji virtual classroom in Google Slides and embedding it in your myLearning (Canvas) Home page. They're a lot of fun, and help increase engagement and community among classes. Edutopia has an excellent article with several AMAZING examples of interactive Bitmoji classrooms that teachers of all subjects and all grade levels have shared in their online courses. The Facebook group Bitmoji Craze for Educators will also inspire you to set up your own virtual classroom. Fair warning: you may fall down a rabbit hole once you get started!

Be inspiring!

Pam Willoughby 🙂

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PHS' Horticulture class keeps on growing!

- photos submitted by Angela Creeger

Taking stock at Pasco High

Veterinary Assisting classes at PHS had the opportunity to do hands-on activities while evaluating livestock and animal behavior.

- submitted by Stephanie Parry

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PHS Pirates keep their school safe.

Electricity classes 4-6 get hands on experience checking for fire hazards on the Pasco High School campus.

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CCMS DMMF students play with their food!

In our Digital Media class we had a Fun Friday assignment called "Food for Thought." Students were to create their artwork using only images of food.

- submitted by Stephanie Steffens

MTC Commercial Art students bring infographics to life!

STUDENTS IN MTC COMMERCIAL ART utilized all their design skills to create infographics. An infographic (short for information graphic) is a visual graphic organization that blends data with imagery, helping individuals and organizations concisely communicate messages to their audience. (Like the "Rescue the Reef" infographic created by Junior Morgan Nieman.)

Although this form of communication has been around since the days of cave paintings, it have seen a resurgence in the past decades. To locate one, look around your school building and I bet you will see one explaining how to wash your hands or wear a mask properly.

These visual communications are often difficult to design effectively. Michelle Keyser, former marketing manager (now working at the testing center at Marchman), critiqued students designs. She took time to explain how their designs worked, how they didn't and how they could be improved. Students took her feedback and made changes to improve their overall design.

Thank you, Michelle, and students who put forth much time and effort into this project. Check out a few and see if you learn something about a topic or two.

- submitted by Linda Bourne

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Mr. Mallo’s River Ridge High School Business Academy class and FBLA visit BK Plastics Industry Inc. to celebrate Manufacturing Month!

Mr. Chad Mallo teaches Business Entrepreneurship and the first few textbook pages talk about Entrepreneurs taking risks and never giving up. He contacted 15 businesses requesting tours of their facilities, and all 15 said "no". He and his students didn't give up, though, and were able to turn a "no" into a "yes" when we explained the importance of recognizing Manufacturing Month by visiting BK Plastics Industry and touring their facility.

This was an amazing opportunity for the students. The first few chapters in Business Entrepreneurship addresses Manufacturing. They brought 24 students to this facility and the owner took them on a tour we will never forget. Thanks, BK Plastics Industry!

- submitted by Chad Mallo | photos by Teresa Hartigan

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TEWMS Wildcats lead by example

Business Wildcats have been hard at work on making a difference in their community. Students have used their talents to lead by example: creating a gratitude banner for custodial, serving coffee kits to the front office and encouraging fellow students and staff members with positive life-giving messages.

- submitted by Jenna Eyers

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Celebrating #scrublife at Hudson High!

Scrubs arrived for the upper level Pharmacy Classes. They were showered with Dunkin' in the morning and Pizza for lunch. The smile on their faces when they saw them made all the late nights at the hospital and late nights writing curriculum WORTH IT! They all immediately wanted to put them on. These are the reasons why... I’m so excited to be part of this journey with them and I look forward to next year when I post their graduation pics and their employment offers. Stay tuned, my friends - their future is BRIGHT!

- submitted by Rosemarie Martin

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PHSC Equipment Donation

Pasco-Hernando State College's Pharmacy Tech program has generously donated scales and numerous other essential supplies to Hudson High School's new Pharmacy Technician program.

Special thanks to Dean Gabbard for helping these grateful students as they launch not only a new program, but also their careers!

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WRHS Bulls' Comp Sci on a Mission!

Wiregrass Ranch High School AP Computer Science Principles students have recently participated in the CoderZ Cyber Robotics Challenge and learned how to program Amazon warehouse robots via challenging missions, using Scratch visual programming language.

Pictured, L to R, Samuel Krall and Gehrig Grzanka, learning Scratch using pair programming approach.

We also had an amazing virtual guest speaker, Dan Hickey, a recipient of very prestigious Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. Winners of the award receive $10,000 per year at an accredited four-year college or university as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college. Dan, a computer science major student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Founder and CEO of Discover Technology NFP, shared his experience with programming Alexa as part of his internship experience and answered various questions from WRHS students.

- submitted by Tatyana Pashnyak, Business and AP Computer Science Principles Teacher

Dan Hickey Info:

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JIEC Adult ESOL learners explore dream jobs.

Students worked with a partner to discover each other's dream jobs. The goal was to present using the 3rd person verb tenses. Students had to read their children's book aloud to the class. For this month, some students played teacher as they read the book and engaged the others for an interactive presentation. My morning class performed two impromptu dramas based on true stories from their reading textbook.

During week 7, we celebrated the birthday of a young lady from Dominican Republic as one student made a chocolate flan and the others brought fresh fruit and delicious dishes. Other accolades: Maria Restrepo has 100% attendance. Alondra Andrade, Marialina Hernandez, Yadamacer Ramirez, and Sandra Madrid all scored 100% on their first test. Congratulations!

-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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