Florida Hosts Over 400 Instructors at Career and Technical Education Workshop

Dr. Tom Duncan, NU Florida President welcomes conference guests.
Former Olympic Heights Principal Peter Licata reconnects with former student Brandon Strassburger.

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.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.