Florida Hosts Over 400 Instructors at Career and Technical Education Workshop

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The event held special meaning for a Northwood employee who reconnected with his high school mentor.
Dr. Tom Duncan, NU Florida President welcomes conference guests.

Dr. Tom Duncan, NU Florida President welcomes conference guests.

Former Olympic Heights Principal Peter Licata reconnects with former student Brandon Strassburger.

Former Olympic Heights Principal Peter Licata reconnects with former student Brandon Strassburger.

August 23, 2013

Northwood University Florida recently hosted over 400 Palm Beach County educators as they attended their annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pre School Workshop.

Offering a variety of workshops relating to career pathways and readiness, the event held special meaning for Northwood University Student Life Coordinator Brandon Strassburger, a graduate of Olympic Heights High School as he reconnected with Peter Licata, his former principal.

Having served as a mentor to Strassburger, Licata, who served as the leader of the conference, remarked how proud he was of the decisions his former student had made and his student leadership role at Northwood Florida.

Students participating in Career Education programs in the School District of Palm Beach County will graduate with career training in high wage, high demand occupations as well as a set of strong workplace competencies that today's workforce demands from its employees. Career Education provides a solid foundation to help build futures for students by integrating academic, critical thinking, technical and organizational skills that are relevant to the real world. Students will leave Career Education programs with the proper skills to make informed decisions for a future career.

"We were delighted to have this opportunity to host this particular group of local educators, as much of their subject matter aligns directly with our many programs of business. They were thankful to learn about The Northwood Idea and our curriculum can likely play a role in helping their graduates realize their dreams," said Stephanie Lanza, Northwood University Florida's Director of Alumni and Community Relations.

The School District of Palm Beach County is the 5th largest school system in Florida and the 11th largest in the country. They are the only urban school district in Florida that has earned an "A" rating from the Florida Department of Education for eight consecutive years. Our school grades are among the highest in the state.