The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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February 2023 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month

At its February 7th meeting, the Pasco County School Board proclaimed February 2023 as Career and Technical Education Month in Pasco. We are joining the national CTE Month celebration by spotlighting our amazing teachers on social media and sharing the innovative learning happening in programs in all our schools.

The CTAE team has been busy on many fronts:

  • Celebrating the Spring 2023 Adult Education graduation
  • Planning for the Creative Confections Dessert Competition
  • Creating CTAE-focused professional development opportunities
  • Collaborating with the Office of Leading and Learning to develop middle school STEM/STEAM pathways
  • Supporting Digital Tools and industry certification exam preparation
  • Advising schools on 2023-2024 programming
  • Following the construction of Angeline Academy of Innovation and Gulf High School, both of which will feature new spaces for CTE programs

We are also excited to welcome Baily Abbott, Program Specialist, to the district Career, Technical and Adult Education team. Baily will be supporting teachers with online course content and resource management. He most recently was the Electronics teacher at Wendell Krinn Technical High School in New Port Richey.

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

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Bulldogs Are Top Ten!

The Zephyrhills High School Army JROTC Rifle team earned a fifth-place finish at the State Rifle Championship meet in Cape Coral, FL. Out of 135 participants, Chloe Price placed eighth overall and Dilen Hernandez tenth overall. We're proud of the accomplishments of these cadets!

- submitted by Jimmy McAuley

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TEWMS FFA Prepares for Pasco County Fair

At Thomas E. Weightman Middle School, FFA members and Agriscience students are learning how to care for new goat kids. They learned newborn care and are working on the goat kids' socialization with people. Our dairy heifer exhibitors were able to show off their knowledge and projects with one of our visiting SROs.

- submitted by Renee Carpenter

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FFA Members Mentor New Exhibitors

Wesley Chapel High School FFA and Alumni helped out the first time exhibitors at Weightman Middle School. The students really enjoy learning from these experienced showmen and are looking forward to being state-level competitors in the future.

- submitted by Renee Carpenter

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Zephyrhills High FBLA Excels!

The following Zephyrhills High students competed at the District XI FBLA Leadership Conference and are now eligible to compete at the state level in Orlando on March 24-27.

1st place – Graphic Design – Ashley Ford
1st place – Sales Presentation – Michael Leach
2nd place – Advertising – Chelsey Peace
2nd place – Digital Animation – Dane Fonslet
3rd place – Introduction to Information Technology – Kaiden Lee
3rd place (team) – Sports & Entertainment Management – Dylan Fleshood, Ava Stephens, Benjamin Will

- submitted by Lisa Dawson

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Weightman Middle School Students Continue to Explore and Share

Robots and 3-D Exploration were fun for early finishers! On Soft Skill: Friday, these “Tech Savvy Cats” dug deep to express gratitude to our veterans. Our Weightman Wildcats used their many different talents to serve!

- submitted by Jenna Eyers

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Bulls Complete CNA Clinicals

Wiregrass Ranch High School Nursing Assistant 3 classes have completed their clinicals at Advent Health Hospital Wesley Chapel, and have begun our clinicals at Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home.

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- submitted by Lisa Sakser Fiske

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Marchman Technical College Cybersecurity Certifications

Congratulations to our students who passed their EC-Council Certified Cybersecurity Technician certifications! They are pictured above with their certificates.

- submitted by Barbara Michels

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Noteworthy News from K-Tech Cybersecurity

It's been a busy few month at Wendell Krinn Technical High School!

• 24 Junior class members took the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam and 20 passed the exam.

• Senior Tristen Mosberg received a $3000 scholarship from Cyberstart America for the GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) and he passed the certification.

• Two Cybersecurity students obtained paid part time jobs in the cyber field at Team Logic IT of Tarpon Springs.

• One of our Class of 2022 graduates has been hired by St. Leo University as a Tech Help Desk Associate.

• So far, nine of our 14 seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities where they will major in IT fields.

- submitted by Scott Tumelty

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FHS Students Practice Forensic Skills

Fivay High School Criminal Justice students had a great opportunity to exercise their crime scene skills at the St. Leo University Crime Scene House located at their San Antonio campus. The visit was hosted by Professor Charlotte Braziel, a retired FBI agent with extensive major crime scene experience, and Professor Joseph Cillo, a retired US Attorney with extensive prosecution and defense experience. Both professors Braziel and Cillo were impressed with the Fivay CJ students and their understanding demonstration of basic crime scene procedures.

The Fivay Criminal Justice Academy looks forward to a long and productive relationship with the St Leo Criminal Justice program!

- submitted by Denis Riel

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Making Presentations, Making Friends, Making a Difference

Adult ESOL students at Wesley Chapel stepped on the accelerator as soon as the spring semester started and they haven’t looked back. All three groups participated in the “stick figure profile” during the first week, as students shared goals, dreams, and experiences. Drama presentations have become a staple in our classroom, as students love to display their creative style via the stage. As usual, students had the opportunity to be the teacher as they generously helped their fellow classmates. All in all, it was an amazing start to the new semester. Coming soon: Students of the Month and songs depicting "simple, present and present" continue. Stay tuned, and remember that English is Easy and Fun!

- submitted by teacher Rebecca Sandy

We want to hear from you!

• Please share information about your program that you would like considered for the CTAE 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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