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Greetings! 

I started to write the whole story but the truth is, it was becoming a book-LOL-so I decided to just give away the ending and add just a few remarks at the end.

My wife Sandi and I decided that after 40+ years together-five dating and almost 36 married, it is time to start taking a real stab at our bucket list that we have always talked about doing one day "when we have time!" With her 35 years and my 33, we have proudly served OCPS for 68 years together, and we came to a realization several weeks ago, before C-19, that 2020 was the right time for us to retire together.

With that decision, we are going to finish up our careers this year, her on June 15 and me on June 30. I am sure by now that many of you are already aware, but just in case, I wanted you to hear it from me in my last newsletter.

Sandi and I are looking forward to the start of our next chapter and wish you all the very best in the start of a new CTE  chapter that I know will build on the wonderful 87 year old story that is OCPS CTE !

On June 6th, 2013 (a Thursday) I sent my first official group e-mail to the CTE Staffulty. I ended that email with this simple sentence:

"I am truly excited about the days, weeks, months and years ahead as we work together to change lives for the better in our community. Have a great CTE Day! Mike."

Well...I can honestly say, the excitement never subsided for me over the past seven years. I have loved my job, loved the staffulty that I was blessed to work with, loved the industry and community partners and most of all, loved the students whose lives we get to impact every day. It has been a personal journey of love for me and one that I will never forget. I shared a lot of quotes and stories and anecdotes and goodness knows what else over the years.

The time has come where I have no more to say ☺. I would like to end this chapter with my favorite quote of all time and a picture from this past Friday night, when my daughter and soon to be daughter-in-law flew home to see Sandi and me-an amazing treat!


 

God bless you and thank you for being a part of the CTE family in one way or another and for 
C hanging Lives T hrough E ducation! 
Have a great CTE experience-I know I did! Love, Mike.

PS - Just in! It's with great pleasure that I introduce the new OCPS Associate Superintendent for CTE -Melanie Stefanowicz-who was approved by the school board on Tuesday night! She currently serves as an Executive Director at the Osceola County School District. I've had the opportunity to work closely with her for the past three years as peers and believe that she is an outstanding choice to lead OCPS  to the next level! She is passionate about CTE and AGE and believes in what we do at the highest level. Here is a picture of her in an OCPS CTE shirt at her school board meeting after losing a wager with me regarding our students' performance at a HOSA competition. Turns out, this picture from months ago was an omen of things to come-J!




I know that you will welcome her to the OCPS CTE family with the same enthusiasm that you welcomed me. I could not be happier about the future being in her hands, as I have seen what she has done these past three years to move Osceola to places it never dreamed were possible! Welcome to OCPS Melanie, we are glad you are here!


Dr. Michael Armbruster
Associate Superintendent
Career & Technical Education
Orange County Public Schools
 Orange Observer: Armbrusters Retiring from OCPS After 68 Collective Years

The Armbrusters have had long and successful careers with OCPS - a total of 68 years - and both are finishing these careers at Orange Technical College when they retire in June. They just took different career paths to get there. It's a beautiful thing! Read More .
OTC Distance Learning
Pharmacy Technician Instructor Organizes Virtual Industry Panel

Our teachers are awesome! Even in a time of social distancing and distance learning, Yasmin Santos coordinated a panel of healthcare professionals to talk virtually with Pharmacy Technician students about what they are seeing during the COVID 19 Pandemic.  Read more .  
 Middle School CTE Teachers Host Software Expert for Students

Mrs. KillKelley's and Mr. Six's 7th graders from Wolf Lake Middle School interviewed Dan Moore recently. He is a Senior software engineer at Hitachi Vantara. He spoke to them about coding in Python and Java.  Read more .  
 DPR Construction Visits Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Virtually

Jesus Ordonez, from DPR Construction,[Pictured with Charlie Brown and Friends] had the opportunity to visit the Carpentry Apprenticeship Program's Distant Learning Classroom Wednesday Evening, 04/29/2020. Read More
Apopka HS Receives National Recognition for Transformative STEM Programs

Apopka High School announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Biomedical Science and Engineering. It is one of just 143 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S. Read More
For Students. Not Profit.
Forbes: Department of Labor Takes Steps Toward Expanding Apprenticeships 

Next month, a new Department of Labor rule aimed at making it easier for businesses to set up apprenticeships will take effect. America's apprenticeship programs, which lag much of the developed world in size and scope, is ripe for expansion. 
  The Atlantic: The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College

Toren Reesman knew from a young age that he and his brothers were expected to attend college and obtain a high-level degree. As a radiologist-a profession that requires 12 years of schooling-his father made clear what he wanted for his boys: "Keep your grades up, get into a good college, get a good degree," as Reesman recalls it.  Read more .
OTC Blog: Train to Become a Heatlcare Assistant in Orlando

If you like working with people, have an interest in the human body and how it functions, and are looking for a career path that offers plenty of opportunity and room for growth, pursuing a career as a health care assistant might be right for you.  Read more .
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