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Career and Technical Education Month was celebrated in Tallahassee on Feb. 17 with CTE on the Hill.
The event highlighted the various Career and Technical Education opportunities for students on the secondary and post-secondary level and featured a Proclamation by Governor Rick Scott, a Keynote by the Chancellor for Career and Adult Education, and demonstrations and exhibits throughout the state capitol.
Chiefland High School Health Academy students and Williston High School Agriscience students joined the celebration for the second year in a row.
The Health Academy students had a display on the second floor of the Capitol building and were able to share with guest, legislators, and legislative aides the benefits of the Academy Program.
The Williston High School Agriscience students did two parliamentary procedure demonstrations on the steps of the old capitol building for guest and participating students.
Both student groups were able to meet directly with local representatives to share their educational views and values as it relates to Career and Technical Education.
Williston students met with State Rep. Keith Perry (R) of Gainesvile, and Chiefland students visited with State Rep. Jimmie Smith (R) of Inverness.
Two Levy county students were selected to participate in a CTE summit and luncheon with Loretta Costin, Chancellor for Career and Adult Education for the Department of Education.
Kate Jenkins from Chiefland High School and Kaley Wilder from Williston High School were able to join 14 other students in the summit where students discussed what future CTE classrooms may look like, projected workforce demands, and the benefits of CTE programs.