WOW! Another school year has passed and with it thousands upon thousands of students from sixth grade through post-secondary have been touched by Career and Technical Education–more than 50,000 in fact! That’s up 75% from just five years ago!
This past week alone, we had nearly 1,000 students who completed OTC programs cross the stage at the Amway Center on their way to a new career! It was a memorable night capped off with an indoor fireworks display to send the students on their way with a bang!
Now we break for summer and begin preparing for next year! Among one of the most exciting projects this summer, we are now working with the architect to design our new Westside Campus which will be built near Ocoee High School.
This will be our first step towards our Vision 2024, which is when our four main campuses will have all been rebuilt or refurbished. The Westside Campus will be home to our construction institute and our human services institute. It will include one of the largest welding programs in the state.
So while we have much to celebrate, the work is by no means finished–in fact in many ways the work is really just getting started! I’m looking forward to the summer as a time to reflect, to plan and to hit the ground running at full steam in August!
Thank you all for a great year and thank you for being a part of the CTE journey as we move to the next level on our way to being the best in the nation at preparing our students for great careers!