February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, and to close it out, this month’s “Hot Topics” webinar will unpack current initiatives happening at the state level. Additionally, we will get a local look at current CTE programs in place at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas County and Lorenzo Walker Technical College in Collier County.

In just a few years, Florida has seen exponential growth in various CTE programs, their subsequent funding, and the number of students enrolled in these programs. In this webinar, we will discuss the basics of postsecondary CTE, CTE articulation and “stackable” credentials, funding available for students, and provide a brief overview of Florida’s Get There initiative.

We will then learn more about how St. Petersburg College and Lorenzo Walker Technical College are fostering collaborative efforts for their CTE programs, as well as different ways students engage in these programs through apprenticeships and career dual enrollment opportunities.

This webinar serves as a follow-up to the “Understanding Career and Technical Education: For Students and Parents” guide that FCAN just released. Available in English and Spanish, this resource can help students be informed about their college and career opportunities upon high school graduation.

Date and time: Monday, February 26, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Guest Presenters:

  • Lee Chipps-Walton, Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education, Florida Department of Education
  • Dr. Jackie Skyrd, Vice President of Workforce Development & Corporate Partnerships, St. Petersburg College
  • John Monda, Director of Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Collier County Public Schools

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