July 9, 2018
Wakulla High School students earned over 300 industry certifications through Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and programs during the 2017-2018 school year.
Add in the “Microsoft Office Specialist” certifications earned by Riversprings Middle School and Wakulla Middle School students, and almost 400 middle and high school students earned industry certifications.
Industry certifications are earned from learning the coursework and passing tests from the state, like Florida’s “Certified Nursing Assistant” licensing, or the Florida Automotive Dealers’ Association “Certified Technician”.
Other tests can be from a national or international company such as Microsoft. These certifications are recognized by employers in that field, and often lead to jobs where students know enough to jump into the work right away.
“In 2009, WHS students earned 23 industry certifications total, all through the WHS Medical Academy. Today there are opportunities to earn industry certifications in all of our many CTE programs. We want to prepare students with employable skills for life after high school,” states Superintendent Bobby Pearce.
CTE Programs of Study offered by WHS, all with industry accepted certifications, include: Medical Academy, Engineering Academy, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, TV Production, Automotive Maintenance, and Welding. Under the Business Education category, there are four programs: Digital Design, Business Management and Administration, Medical Administration Specialist, and Web Development.
“We are on the path to offer HVAC as well, through a proposal accepted for use of some of the BP oil spill monies,” notes Superintendent Pearce. “Students need to graduate with skills they can build careers on and/or finance further schooling.”
Adds Chief Academic Officer Sunny Chancy, “Twenty-five students earned Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credentials this year, 30 have Emergency Medical Responder credentials, and over 200 earned Business industry certifications they can use right away.”
There are also more programs open to high school students at Lively Technical Center at no cost while students are in high school, such as Aviation Maintenance Technology.
Students who complete a CTE program, or who are close to completing one, can also work in that area while in high school, earn credits, and get paid for their On the Job Training (OJT) experience.
There are also opportunities to earn Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and local scholarships that can help pay for further schooling or technical training.
For more information about CTE courses and programs, contact WHS Assistant Principal of Student Services Priscilla Tucker at (850) 926-2221 or priscilla.tucker @wcsb.us. Or contact Sunny Chancy, Chief Academic Officer of Wakulla County Schools at (850) 926-0065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.