The North Tech Vocational Program held its first graduation ceremony since the doors were closed over 16 years ago. The School District of Palm Beach County has partnered with Florida Training Services to provide Pre-Apprenticeship programs that introduce students to construction trades such as: Welding, Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing. The Historical North Tech Campus is located in Riviera Beach, FL and on June 30, 2014, one hundred and five adult students were presented with certificates in one of their preferred construction trade area.
All students received the following;
- The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification Card
- First Aid, CPR and AED Certification
- OSHA 10 Certification
- Forklift Certification
- Scissor Lift Training
- Boom Lift Training
The Master of Ceremony for the affair was Mr. Mark Mallone, Assistant Principal/Adult and Community Education of Jupiter High School. Key Speakers featured were Dr. Joseph Lee, Assistant Superintendent, Division of Educational Alternatives and Interventions; Marcia Andrews, District 6 Palm Beach County School Board Member; Dr. Jane Bravo, Manager of Curriculum/Special Projects, Department of Adult and Community Education; Jeff McGinley, Director, Florida Training Services, Inc., and Jimmie Major, Coordinator, Florida Training Services, Inc.
Next step for these new graduates can be to apply for Apprenticeship Trade School. If accepted, tuition is free and students are employed in their preferred vocation. The target population for this program is at-risk high school students, graduating high school seniors and adults as it provides a new set of skills and opportunities that they can use for the rest of their lives.
The next registration for the North Tech Vocational Program classes will begin mid-August 2014. Tuition is $90 and Financial Aid is available for students who qualify (call 561-744-7931). Classes are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. based on a two day schedule for students (Mon. & Wed. or Tues. & Thurs.) For more information please contact Mark Mallone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-744-7931 or Mark Simmonds at email@example.com or 561-881-4791
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REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, July 2014
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