Who knew that the events of 2020 would have taught me that I’m a “glass half full” kind of person? I say that because I am super excited to kick off this New Year! 

Not only because the pandemic turned the world upside down without warning and I am ready to move past it, but also because of the opportunities that have evolved out of the massive disruption caused by the statewide shutdown.

While CTE and Adult Education initiatives were a high priority before the pandemic, the resulting shutdown has made their importance crystal clear. I believe I said it in a previous newsletter…

People need to get back to work. 

And to do that, they need to be provided with educational opportunities to help them reach that goal. That said, I am beyond thrilled to share with you the new training opportunities developed by the team at Orange Technical College:

Skills-Based Training

OTC’s Skills-Based Training courses are short-term in nature and designed to capitalize and build on the #EssentialPotential our students already possess. These courses were planned in partnership with government, business, and industry partners and lead to viable employment opportunities in Central Florida. We worked with CareerSource Central Florida, the Orlando Economic Partnership, and the Orange County Government to identify the jobs employers need to fill right now: 

  • Advanced Welding & Welding Assistant
  • Construction Basics
  • CNC Machining
  • Robotics
  • Fluid/Power Hydraulics
  • Long-term Care CNA
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Microsoft Office Basics

So if you or your company are in need of additional staff in these fields or if you know someone interested in up-skilling or re-skilling to get back to work, let me know. My team at OTC is standing by to provide the needed registration and enrollment support. We’re here to help. 
Until next time, my best wishes for a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.

Have a great CTE Day!

Melanie Stefanowicz 
Associate Superintendent
Career & Technical Education I Orange County Public Schools
WKMG News 6: Melanie Stefanowicz Interview | #EssentialPotential
Melanie Stefanowicz, Associate Superintendent for Orange Technical College, recently spoke with Phil Deems about how we are helping get students back to work through short-term, skills-based training in the area's most essential industries.
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