Career Technical Education Growing, Receives Designation from the Ford Next Generation Learning Community Program

Bay_County_Schools_logoMarch 5, 2013

Career Technical Education Growing, Receives Designation from the Ford Next Generation Learning Community Program

Panama City, Fl – Career Technical Education (CTE) in Bay District Schools is growing and offers student many more opportunities to prepare for the world of work or continuing education. It will take another step forward on Wednesday when members of the CTE board will celebrate Bay’s a special designation by the Ford Next Generation Learning Community Program at the Workforce Education Summit, which begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the Gulf Coast State College Student Union East Conference Center. Lunch will be provided by the J.R. Arnold Culinary Arts students. CTE is a joint effort among the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, Bay District Schools, Gulf Coast State College, Florida State University Panama City and the business community.

Bay is one of eight school districts in Florida and only 17 in the country to be given the Ford designation. Wednesday’s luncheon serves to celebrate the inclusion as a learning community and a chance to officially launch upcoming new career academies. The local CTE program earned a grant from the Ford Next Generation Learning Community Program previously and then worked to create a master plan for increasing the availability of career academies in area schools.

Students who participate in the integrated curriculum offered in a variety of career academies can earn industry certifications or they can apply those credits at Gulf Coast State College. The aim of CTE is to make students more marketable in the local job market or better prepare for higher education. Students who  take advantage of the academies usually have higher graduation rates, higher grade point averages and lower incidence of absences and discipline issues, according to Ann Leonard, CTE director for Bay County.

Students will have the opportunity to get engaged with the the academies at a showcase tonight at Panama City Mall tonight, March 5, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Culinary Arts, J.R. Arnold High School

Engineering, J.R. Arnold High School
Culinary Arts, Bay High School
ComTech, Rutherford High School

International Business and Global Logistics, J.R. Arnold High School
Early Childhood Education, J.R. Arnold High School
Digital Media, Bay High School
Digital Design, Deane Bozeman School
Environmental Resources, Deane Bozeman School
Culinary Arts, Rutherford High School
Drafting/Engineering, Rutherford High School
Health Sciences, Rutherford High School


Adobe certified associate Photoshop, J.R.Arnold, Bay, A. Crawford Mosley, Rutherford High Schools and Deane Bozeman School
Adobe certified associate, Dreamweaver, Deane Bozeman School and Rutherford High School
Adobe certified associate, Premiere Pro, A. Crawford Mosley and Rutherford High Schools
Autodesk certified associate AutoCAD, J.R. Arnold and Rutherford High Schools
ServSafe certified food service manager, J.R. Arnold, Bay, A. Crawford Mosley and Rutherford High Schools
National ProStart Certification, J.R. Arnold High School


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