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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 1 week ago

OCPS partnership to benefit tech students

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The local redevelopment will offer unique learning opportunities for technical education.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

Orange County Public Schools and Orlando Sports + Entertainment District’s (SED) strategic partnership will benefit Orange Technical College students interested in transportation, utilities, healthcare, construction, hospitality and culinary management, and information technology careers. 

With the focus on providing the skill set needed for the next generation of employment, OTC and SED will provide skills-based training program with internships, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training programs that would result in successful careers enabled by SED.

Additionally, the partnership will collaborate with educational partners, including Valencia College, to develop new articulation agreements, scholarship opportunities and college admission for those students participating in the program. The partnership also leverages the combined investments and efforts of both partners in providing training opportunities in design, development and operations of intelligent, sustainable and inclusive communities, cities and educational campuses.

“I am excited for our Orange Technical College students who will be a part of the development of the surrounding area, through internships, apprenticeships and, eventually, jobs,” Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said. “This particular community will benefit from the SED and the partnership. “It is thrilling to see this project take off with significant effort and resources behind it. I’m so pleased for our students and community who will benefit from this development.”

Career and technical education serves as a critical component in preparing individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development. This partnership will enhance students’ hands-on, real-world learning opportunities. 

 

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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