The CTAE Connector

From the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

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December 2021 • Preparing Today for Tomorrow's Workforce

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Winter Wishes

It's hard to believe we are wrapping up first semester this week!

At the December 14th School Board meeting, Cypress Creek High School senior Nicholas Vreeland was recognized as Pasco's U.S. Presidential CTE Scholar nominee. Nicky has been a standout student at CCHS' Academy of Engineering. (Pictured L-R in photo: Superintendent Kurt Browning, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kim Moore, CCHS Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles, Nicholas Vreeland, Kim Vreeland, Brent Vreeland, Pasco County School Board Chair Cynthia Armstrong)

For the second year in a row, Pasco County Schools' Outstanding Senior is a CTE student! Read more about Wesley Chapel High School's Lana Guzman in the article below. We are proud of all of our career, technical and adult education students, and know they deserve recognition for their achievement in all aspects of their educational journeys.

Our district CTAE team has been busy with a number of initiatives and projects, including:

• Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment

• Pasco Pathways (school choice)

• Early Release Day professional development for CTAE teachers

• FLDOE Desk Audit

• Spring College/Career Fair and Trades/Career Fair

We have partnered with high school and middle school administrative teams to plan their CTE course offerings for the 2022-2023 school year. These program and course advisement meetings continue to strengthen alignment and create meaningful career pathways for students across the 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

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CTE Student Named Pasco's Outstanding Senior

Pasco County Schools is proud to announce that Lana Guzman of Wesley Chapel High School has been selected as the districtwide 2021-2022 Outstanding Senior.

The award is given based on academic record, service, leadership, citizenship, and commitment to school and community. Each Pasco County high school selected an Outstanding Senior nominated by the student body, faculty, and staff. The Outstanding Seniors from each school were then interviewed by a panel, which selected one senior to represent Pasco County.

Lana is a well-rounded student who has been heavily involved in Future Farmers of America and the agricultural programs at Wesley Chapel High and in the agricultural industry at the state and national levels. In addition, she has volunteered at the Glazer’s Children’s Museum, the local library, and at her church.

In her letter of recommendation, Wesley Chapel High School agricultural teacher Erin Farquhar wrote that “Lana is a caring student who has a way of making everybody she meets feel welcome and accepted. She is an outstanding student who continuously challenges herself by taking the most rigorous courses offered. Lana has been able to successfully complete all of her roles at WCHS while maintaining a job and participating in community activities.”

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ICT Digital Tools Successes!

Congratulations to these teachers and their students for outstanding achievement in our district-wide rollout of ICT Digital Tools middle school certifications!

Katherine Mandelberg - Charles S. Rushe Middle School

John Cox - Chasco Middle School

Kolton Martin - Pasco Middle School

Michaela Sampson - Pasco Middle School

Veronica Loudermilk - River Ridge Middle School

We look forward to seeing even more student success and certifications at all of Pasco's middle schools during the second semester!

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GHS NJROTC Places in Competition

On November 6th, 2021 the Gulf High NJROTC Orienteering team competed at Fort Desoto. Despite a chilly, windy, wet day, the Male Yellow team came in THIRD place out of 26 teams. Congratulations, BUCS!

- submitted by John McGuire, NJROTC Instructor

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Hudson High School JROTC State Champions!

Master Sgt. (Ret.) Sam Harmon is pleased to announce that the HHS Army JROTC Male Raider team is State Raider Team Champions! This was the team's first appearance at states, so they're especially proud of this big win! The female Raider team finished third in states, and several of the female team members earned trophies in individual events.

The JROTC corps was also chosen to present the colors at the Tampa Bay Lightning game on January 15th, 2022!

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PHS Honors Veterans

Pasco High School's NJROTC cadets honored service members on Veterans' Day (see photos below) during a special ceremony in the school's courtyard.
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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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Growing Bigger and Better at CENMS!

Agriculture students at Centennial Middle School will soon be utilizing their new pig pens and garden to raise animals and grow vegetables. Special thanks to San Antonio Lumber for their generous donation of materials with which to build the pens.

- submitted by Alpha Lewis, CENMS teacher

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Wesley Chapel Wildcats Tour PHSC iPAC

Teacher Stephanie Bertig, School Counselor Kristina Kiser, and Career Counselor Kelly Faysash lead fifty Digital Video Technology students on a tour of the brand-new Instructional Performing Arts Center at Pasco-Hernando State College. Students learned about the Digital Media/Multimedia Design program, and checked out the auditorium, stage and backstage facilities. Many were impressed that the facility and post-secondary opportunity were so close to home. Congratulations to PHSC on a great new addition to Wesley Chapel's creative community!
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Vintage Busses + Modern Design = Awesome Rides @ MTC!

3 HONKS FOR THE VW BUS and MR. WILLIAMS (Wendell Krinn Technical High School AP). He critiqued students' VW Bus "Kombi Life" magazine covers and shared his love for this classic van. (He owns his one himself.) After choosing 1st through 4th place, he awarded the winners with a mini VW Bus and we had a classroom race. (Winner Wyatt). We appreciate you sharing your passion for this classic auto and your support of our program! Check out the "rollout" of the student's hippie, creative designs, and magazine covers.

- submitted by Linda Bourne, Marchman Technical College Commercial Arts Instructor

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Toys Inspire Design Challenge

The following are two items that students have completed for a toy store flyer that required them to create the logo from scratch and incorporate images and text to make an appealing store opening advertisement.

- submitted by Leith Taylor, JWMHS Digital Design teacher

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Bulls Charge Toward Microsoft Certification!

74% of Ms. Fraser's students at Wiregrass Ranch High School have passed the PowerPoint Certification! One fourth of the industry exams students will strive to attain has been accomplished. Bulls are un"bull"ievable!

Her Legal Aspects of Business students developed their court room skills in a mock trial. They utilized the classroom space as a court room.

- submitted by Donna Fraser, WRHS Business teacher

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Weightman Wildcats Build Soft Skills

Business Wildcats at Thomas E. Weightman Middle School have done several soft skill activities around counting their blessings, building “I’m grateful for…” and “ Today I’m grateful for...” and “ Daily gratitude.” It is rewarding to see the end product in these gratitude paper chains!

They've also applied collaboration skills to make a free-standing structure using only 20 pieces of spaghetti and one yard of masking tape. Their creations had to hold a jumbo marshmallow.

Finally, they showed respect for fellow scholars and for the campus by cleaning up trash and leaving positive chalk messages on the walkways.

- Submitted by Jenna Eyers, TEWMS Business teacher

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MTC Early Childhood Education Students Earn Praise

My group of adult students are doing so well this year! Many of them are new to the field of Early Childhood. They took jobs in local child care centers and Head Start programs, and have worked diligently through the trials of the Pandemic. They come to class each week eager to learn, then apply all they learn on their jobs each day in their own Early Childhood Classrooms. I was so pleased to read the Monthly Timesheet comments from some of their Journeyman this month! They are excelling in class and on the job.

"Krista is using skills she is learning to mentor her new co-worker."

"Amanda is doing an amazing job. She can multi-task especially when we are short-staffed. I can always rely on her. She helped lead the class when I was out of the building."

"Kari takes initiative to step in where needed, and is making excellent progress with the EC skills!"

"Brittany has continued to show so much growth in her ability to teach! Super proud of her!"

"Katie has been doing a great job with classroom control and engaging the children."

- submitted by Katie Chefero, Marchman Technical College instructor

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AHS Chef Sets Her Sights on the Future!

Anclote senior Elizabeth Estrada is so passionate and dedicated to her culinary craft that she wanted to pursuit a more professional education. Her determination secured her at spot at one of the most recognized culinary schools in the nation, the Culinary Institute of Arts. She will start her BA in Food Science in the summer of 2022. I can not be more proud of Ms. Estrada - a fierce Shark is on her way to the CIA!

- submitted by Chef Luis Rodriguez, Anclote High School teacher

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LOLHS Chefs Learn from Their Community Partners

We have been having some great community engagement from culinary colleges around the county such as Johnson and Wales University, Casey Holloway and Chef Jordan from the Green Door in Dade City and then Chef Keith Simpkin from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. The kids had a great time learning about local restaurants, the Florida Beef Council and also about their post-secondary schooling options!

- submitted by Chef Jeremy Blythe, Land O' Lakes High School instructor

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Coyote Criminal Justice Students Explore Equestrian Opportunities

The Cypress Creek High School Criminal Justice Academy students had the opportunity to learn how the Pasco County Sheriff's office Mounted Equestrian Unit assists the community. Students were able to ask questions and then had a meet and greet with each of the horses.

- submitted by Jessica Herzek, CCHS Criminal Justice teacher

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ESOL Students Build Community While Learning

October truly was a harvest month, as students grew exponentially in their ESOL classes. Students first had to make a presentation on their "Dream Job". From DJ to interior designer to singer, the English learners enthusiastically shared their hopes and aspirations with their classmates and teacher.

Then, students worked in pairs to create a game/activity for 10 specific assigned occupations. Everyone had a joyful time playing each other's game. Students continued to practice the teacher's favorite quote: "The best way to learn is to teach." Teaching each other builds confidence and proficiency. As a family, we like to celebrate success and to support one another.

At the end of October, students surprised their teacher, Rebecca Sandy, with a beautiful floral arrangement and gift card. The floral arrangement was made by Isabel Amortegui. On the 29th, we said farewell to Linda Hatley, our beloved secretary. ESOL students sang to Linda and wished her well in 7 different languages. Ingrid Costa made Linda an amazing decorative Christmas tree with all of the students' names to remember us well, and Gabriela Chabolla made Linda a balloon bouquet.

Finally, the afternoon class came together to surprise Joanna Cervelli with a baby shower. Of course, the teacher arranged some special English learning games. Fun was had by all. We headed into November with exuberance, expectation, and thanksgiving!

- submitted by Rebecca Sandy, Adult Education ESOL teacher

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Meet Program Specialist Jennifer Batchelor!

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

June 2020

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

Career Specialist at Wiregrass Ranch high School

What's your favorite thing about working for CTAE?

I enjoy working with a team that communicates well together and shares a passion for educators. There are some amazing things going on in our schools, and being here, I have the opportunity to watch it all!
Throughout my years in education, I have seen so many students struggle trying to decide on a pathway after graduation. In my current position, I enjoy making connections with resources and people in our community to help them with that decision!

Where did you grow up?

Florida Girl! Born in Brevard County, raised in Seminole County, and lived on Florida's West Coast for 28 years!

Which teacher inspired you most when you were growing up?

Mrs. Carlton - 3rd grade

Where did you attend college or post-secondary education?

USF and Saint Leo University

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and my three adult daughters whenever I can! I like to go to the beach, hiking in the mountains, kayaking, and traveling.

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